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“Back In Blood” by The 69 Eyes

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

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. Crooning to some degree on “Dead And Gone”, Jyrki 69 sings his heart out while “The Good, The Bad & The Undead” comes off as a total crowd sing along with its “hail, hail” chorus. A slight taste of New Wave in the flow of part of “Kiss Me Undead” was a surprise and while I am sure that was not the intent, the effects and drive of the groove made me feel this way.
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