“Blessed Be” (remaster) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Blessed Be” (remaster)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Even though this release from 2000 would be the bands fifth album I would have to say that If there is one release to own by the Helsinki Vampires then this is the one that is a must have without any question. With “Blessed Be” we find them moving a little bit farther from their Punk and Glam roots and delving deeper into Gothic with a healthy taste of Metal thrown in for good measure. As they fine tune the genre they will soon call Gothic Hard Rock to perfection we find the lyrical content and songs becoming all the more dark and at times sinister. This release is one of my favorites for in addition to stellar tunes like their anthem “Brandon Lee” and “The Chair” (which are guaranteed to become your instant favorites) we have “Gothic Girl. This quirky number and the subject of the song made the band become popular among that circle of their female demographic and had Jyrki 69 instantly become the dark god of the dreams that they held in their cold, Goth-Vampire hearts. “Velvet Touch” crunches along and has the most Metal feel of the tracks on this one and it’s a great change from the sleazier brand of Rock they had done in their earlier years. This modification to the band style and image would open far more doors for them going forward. The groups love of comic books and the occult finds several references to the film “The Crow” on the album along with the track Brandon Lee who starred in this same film which was also the cause of the Actors untimely and tragic death. Jyrki 69 sings in a lower register on most of the bands tracks and does a similar monotone to that of Peter Steele from Type-O-Negative. Fans of that band might really get into the brand of Rock that they deliver. If this is an introduction to you then there is no better place than to jump on board than with this one.

The ever growing fan base that the band has built up most recently are now able to easily enjoy the groups back catalog thanks to the fine folks at Cleopatra Records. The label began issuing the complete recordings in late 2006, early 2007. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the band and not worry about over expensive import versions. Isn’t it time you got a little Gothic.

Track Listing:
1. Framed In Blood
2. Gothic Girl
3. The Chair
4. Brandon Lee
5. Velvet Touch
6. Sleeping With Lions
7. Angel On My Shoulder
8. Stolen Season
9. Wages Of Sin
10. Graveland
11. 30
12. Heaven/Hell – bonus
13. Brandon Lee (radio) – bonus

Official Website: www.69eyes.com

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