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The 69 Eyes Announce First US Tour In A Decade

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It’s been far too long since I’ve gotten to see The 69 Eyes in concert, so this latest news from the bands label of record was a very welcome thing. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
The last time that goth rock legends THE 69 EYES toured the United States, was in 2009. As the band has been busy conducting business as usual, releasing albums and touring elsewhere, the US has been waiting a very long for the return of the Helsinki Vampires.

After recently teaming up with DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara’s and his wife Anahstasia’s The Oracle Management, THE 69 EYES are ready to start a new chapter in their 30-year rock’n’roll saga.

”Before releasing the new album, we’re closing a chapter in our history, by returning to the homeland of ELVIS and THE RAMONES,” stated THE 69 EYES singer Jyrki 69. “We cannot wait to play in Memphis and New York and another 20 cities! It’s been way too long. Feels like we’re really back from the grave!”
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Jyrki69 Announces West Coast US Tour with MGT!

Here’s a brief tour to send you into the weekend. It’s happening in March and sadly only on the West Coast but check out the plans being unveiled by one Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes……

The Press Release:
Los Angeles, CA – Goth rock icon *Jyrki 69*, lead vocalist for Helsinki’s brooding metal band, *The 69 Eyes*, has announced a special West Coast tour with their Cleopatra Records labelmates MGT, the frontman for multi-platinum selling Finnish goth n’ rollers The 69 EYES.

Jyrki has put together an exciting live band for this tour including; Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat) on guitar, Ashes (DevilDriver, Static-X) on bass and Kyle Cunningham (Madlife) on drums. The live set promises to offer a healthy chunk of Jyrki69’s debut solo album “Helsinki Vampire” along with a few 69 Eyes favorites and some very special surprise numbers.

“*What happens when the members of The Mission, Peter Murphy, Faster Pussycat & The 69 Eyes meet at the Rainbow Bar & Grill? Put on your sunglasses after dark & come to find out!” **- Jyrki 69*

Jyrki 69’s long-awaited debut album, *Helsinki Vampire*, was produced, mixed, and mastered by longtime The 69 Eyes producer Johnny Lee Michaels. The record builds on the distinctive “goth n’ roll” sound that The 69 Eyes honed over the course of a dozen albums while adding a more richly textured, darkly romantic atmosphere.
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“Christmas In New York City” (Single) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Christmas In New York City” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 11/24/2017
Genre: Holiday/Hard Rock
Rating:

Now that the Thanksgiving celebrating is out of the way, it’s time to start focusing on the Christmas holidays and what better way to do this than with a brand-new holiday single from the Helsinki Vampires in The 69 Eyes. Having been a fan of their Gothic Rock and Roll style for more than a decade now, I was glad to find this one hitting the streaming services and felt that it would be a fun way to lead us into the season. Though we haven’t had the band here in far too many years, the members of The 69 Eyes; Jyrki 69, Bazie, Timo-Timo, Jussi 69 and Archzie, all have a deep love of our teeming metropolis. Here’s a few thoughts on the Nuclear Blast Records released tune.
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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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“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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