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. Continue reading “Framed In Blood: The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes” (Expanded Edition) 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. Continue reading “Borderline” (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. Continue reading “Red” (Single) by The 69 Eyes→
“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.
Artist: The 69 Eyes Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY) Opener: Dommin, The Becoming Date: 10/20/2009 Label: The End Records
We had not heard from The Helsinki Vampires for a couple of years after they did a bunch of consecutive tours in the region and that made their return this evening all the more special since it found them anxiously delivering a hot new album for their acolytes with “Back In Blood”. The smoking CD has been generating a lot of positive buzz for the band and shows to be one of their best in years and one could hope with the tour for it that more people would be coming on board and giving them the support that they so richly deserve. Continuing the aspect of interesting support bands for their tours the band would bring along for this one The Becoming and Dommin who were each guaranteed to kick up the opening band task a few notches. I’ve managed to catch The 69 Eyes on every tour they have made to NYC over the years and I’ve always gotten a satisfying dose of Goth & Roll when they play and having caught and enjoyed what Dommin did when he opened up for The Birthday Massacre some months ago I made sure to be inside the venue early enough to see the whole night. Here is how the night transpired. Continue reading The 69 Eyes @ Gramercy Theatre (10/20/2009)→