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“Angels” by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Angels”
Label: Caroline Records
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genre: Gothic Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

Hails to The Helsinki Vampires for they have returned to us with “Angels” on their side. Yes fiends and dwellers in the dark, The 69 Eyes are back and present to us some rocking new music and on a brand new label to boot. One of the things that make “Angels” special is the fact that it’s the first releases by the group to come out at the same time in most parts of the world as opposed to the States waiting almost a year to have it like we experienced with “Devils”. For those that might be unaware, The 69 Eyes are another one of those overnight sensations from Finland who have been around for almost two decades and their strong underground popularity has allowed them to build a following that is second to none. “Angels” finds the band picking up where they left off with “Devils” and the overall result is not as dark and brooding as the predecessor but still grooves with the Gothic Rock vibe that the band excels at. The listener will find subtle similarity on a couple of tracks but it seems as though these were done on purpose for the offer some consistency and relation to this and the last release. “Angels” starts it off in cryptic fashion as Jyrki 69 sings of an apocalyptic time that finds us at the end of the world. A good track, but followed by the stronger “Never Say Die”, which is this album’s “Lost Boys” as far as a track to find you speeding down some highway.
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“Helsinki Vampires” by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Helsinki Vampires”
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 9/19/2006
Genre: Gothic Rock & Roll
Rating: 4/5

Fans of The 69 Eyes can rejoice as the music and video of this great Gothic Hard Rock group is now available thanks to the folks at Cleopatra Records. This DVD was originally released in 2003 from a show recorded in the Tavatasia Club in their native Finland back in 2002. The concert footage performance includes a healthy dose of the bands best tunes up until the time of the filming. Given it’s a club appearance the best effects one sees is the dramatic lighting or different camera angles. There is nothing really in the way of outrageous stage setups or designs but you do get a rocking set from “The Helsinki Vampires” back home among their die hard fans and this is never bad for a concert piece. From starting tune to encore lead singer Jyrki 69 is in great form and style as he delivers the music to perfection. He is one of those enigmatic front men that make watching a band all the more fun and along with guitarist Timo Timo and drummer Jussi, he leads the charge of Goth & Roll greatness. While the production is limited to great sound and clear visuals this DVD will impress any who watch it and it’s sure to help the bands cause by generating some additional interest in them. Before the deal with Cleopatra Records the only release that has been domestically available was their latest album “Devils”. This is a band that rocks and has a very accessible style which has allowed them to build up an audience in parts of the world where finding their music is more often than not a truly difficult undertaking. This DVD also includes all of the bands video clips and several other interesting features guaranteed to please the children of the night.
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The 69 Eyes @ The Bowery Ballroom (3/5/2006)

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Artist: The 69 Eyes
Venue: Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Damone,
Date: 3/6/2006
Label: 456 Entertainment

Gothic Rock & Roll would make a triumphant and long overdue visit to New York City as The 69 Eyes arrived on our shores for the very first time in their career as a band. Singer Jyrki69 has long been an admirer of the “New York Scene” and sounds from the seventies and eighties and from them formed the band that we are finally able to enjoy for ourselves. Hailing from Finland the guys in the group take a far different approach to their music and instead of blistering displays of Power Metal, have brought a more streetwise sound that has influence in the Rock greats of the past. The 69 Eyes have more in common with KISS and The New York Dolls than they do with Nightwish and Sonata Arctica and give the whole thing a dark monster movie feel. The scene for tonight would be the Bowery Ballroom and this great venue with its capacity of almost 600 was crowded but not over-packed. While I had hoped for sold-out status I still felt this was great for the band, as with the newest album “Devils” hitting our shores only recently it would still be a round of positives. Having reviewed the album and knowing a handful of numbers previously this would not be a night of confusion in terms of the material. I was happy to have the heads up advantage.
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