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“Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes” (Expanded Edition) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes” Expanded Edition
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 11/13/2012
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

Cleopatra Records has been amazing in their issuing of the entire back catalog by the Helsinki Vampires, The 69 Eyes I’ve already reviewed a healthy chunk of them here on the website. Recently, the label announced an expanded edition of their greatest hits package “Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes” and that this version would have a now very hard to find DVD concert film included. Since I reviewed each of those already and there isn’t much else to say about them, I have decided to place both of those articles text here to speak about the new version. Take a look.

2006 CD Review: The 69 Eyes or the “Helsinki Vampires” as their fans know them best bring you a career spanning Greatest Hits with “Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes”. It is a nice collection of tracks from across their existence and offers a good look inside to the band for those that might be unaware or serve as a tasty sampler for those ardent fans. The Finnish group has a large following in Europe, but have only begun to make some ground in the US Market since 2005 and what this album does well is bring you back to the very early Glam-era stuff and leads you up until their harder edged Gothic sound that is the focus of the band today. The solid 18 track best-of has a number of great moments and you will find that singer Jyrki 69 definitely has a style that comes more rooted in older Rock and Roll than that of Metal (his vocals at times are very reminiscent of both Jim Morrison and Peter Steele). The deep, resonant tone shakes you up at times and yet is full of cryptic fire at others. Some stand out numbers are on this CD are “Brandon Lee”, “Gothic Girl” and “Wasting The Dawn” all of which are among my favorites from their catalog. New potential fans need only look into these tracks for it can easily make you a follower of their often hypnotic sound.
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“Borderline” (Single) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Borderline” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 9/25/2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

I guess it was just about a couple of months ago when I gave a quick overview of the first single “Red” from The 69 Eyes upcoming album “X” and with the album coming out in the next week or so I was a bit surprised to find a second single hitting so close to the street date. This next song is called “Borderline” and here are a few thoughts about it. The song begins with an almost 50’s sort of guitar twang and is slower than the previous offering and I guess can be viewed as a quasi-ballad.
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“Red” (Single) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Red” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 8/14/2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Fans of The Helsinki Vampires have been counting the time for far too long between albums as it’s been three years since their rocking “Back In Blood” release but the wait is over with this preview single “Red” from their upcoming Nuclear Blast Records album “X”. “X” marks the spot at the bands tenth recording and here are some thoughts about the debut single. This is their first album in the USA under the Nuclear Blast Records label.
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The 69 Eyes: Live Photos @ Gramercy Theatre (10/20/2009)

“The Helsinki Vampires” aka The 69 Eyes were “Back In Blood In The NY Groove” and delivering a heavy dose of the Finnish Gothic Rock that they are so adept at over at The Gramercy Theatre. I made sure to be on point for all of the performers and that show was discussed at length on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy the photographs that were captured during the permitted time.

the 69 eyes, the 69 eyes concert photos
The 69 Eyes by Ken Pierce (2009)

the 69 eyes, the 69 eyes concert photos
The 69 Eyes by Ken Pierce (2009)

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“Back In Blood” (Deluxe Edition) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Back In Blood” (Deluxe Edition)
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 9/15/2009
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

The 69 Eyes just released their tenth album in “Back In Blood” and presented it to the world on their new label The End Records. Interestingly enough, the release of the record found both a standard edition and a deluxe version hitting the stands on the very same day which gave their fans the chance to choose between the two depending on how ravenous their hunger for the bands treats were. We just reviewed the standard edition but with the bonus DVD that comes with the deluxe we opted to give it a narrative of its own. To refresh reader memory we have re-posted the standard edition review for the album thoughts and will follow it with new comments about the deluxe edition and the DVD. Read on.

There was a slight concern among the long standing fans of The 69 Eyes recently who felt that their beloved Helsinki Vampires were morphing more into Hollywood ones based on the sounds that were found on the bands last studio effort “Angels”. Of course there were some who liked it on the other hand, but I had to admit that even I felt that the recordings predecessor “Devils” was a whole lot stronger. Lucky for those who lamented for a sleazier, darker and heavier band once again, the guys got a Hard Rock transfusion with the help of producer Matt Hyde and are as the new album title denotes “Back In Blood”. Stylistically and musically this recording comes off as the better successor to “Devils” than “Angels” was and brings us a band that is using elements from their “Blessed Be”/”Paris Kills” frame of mind tossed in for good measure. The albums cover catches your eye immediately based on the image of a lone skull with several red roses lying in front of it. It’s perfect for a band like this. I felt that it started off with an almost Motley Crue kind of attitude as the band announces not only that they are “Back In Blood” but also that “Blood Is The New Black”. One can almost envision the latter statement being something emblazoned on the t-shirts of the bands minions as they rally at the shows in support of the sound. It’s a great start for the record and with a slight taste of The Cult in the opening riff of “We Own The Night” the band continues to groove and convince those who faltered that they have returned to form and will be once again claiming the hours between dusk and dawn.
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