"X" by The 69 Eyes on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

While many goth bands lean harder on vintage synthesizers than on guitars, The 69 Eyes put the rock back in goth-rock. The multiplatinum Finnish quintet actually calls its music goth ‘n’ roll—and judging by its 10th studio album, this is an apt description. Frontman Jyrki 69’s voice perfectly imitates Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy imitating David Bowie in the opening “Love Runs Away,” a dark and dramatic song with hard-rocking guitars and a catchy chorus. If Glenn Danzig hired Billy Idol’s band for studio accompaniment, there’s a good chance those recordings might sound like “Tonight”—a dark, '80s-styled rocker with a deep, brooding vocal performance. Even when bellowing a ballad, Jyrki 69 somehow makes a serenade sound tougher than coffin nails; the standout single “Red” is as romantic and seductive as it is menacing and intimidating. Similarly, “I Love the Darkness in You” attempts to woo the kind of young women who gravitate to cemeteries and horror movies. Tattoo artist and celebrity Kat Von D guest duets on “Rosary Blue.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

While many goth bands lean harder on vintage synthesizers than on guitars, The 69 Eyes put the rock back in goth-rock. The multiplatinum Finnish quintet actually calls its music goth ‘n’ roll—and judging by its 10th studio album, this is an apt description. Frontman Jyrki 69’s voice perfectly imitates Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy imitating David Bowie in the opening “Love Runs Away,” a dark and dramatic song with hard-rocking guitars and a catchy chorus. If Glenn Danzig hired Billy Idol’s band for studio accompaniment, there’s a good chance those recordings might sound like “Tonight”—a dark, '80s-styled rocker with a deep, brooding vocal performance. Even when bellowing a ballad, Jyrki 69 somehow makes a serenade sound tougher than coffin nails; the standout single “Red” is as romantic and seductive as it is menacing and intimidating. Similarly, “I Love the Darkness in You” attempts to woo the kind of young women who gravitate to cemeteries and horror movies. Tattoo artist and celebrity Kat Von D guest duets on “Rosary Blue.”

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

60 Ratings

Classic

bradmiska,

Good ol 69 Eyes back again!

Love the 69 eyes

Nick Pascale,

Love the 69 eyes, every album their style changes but jyrki69 stays the same, good job of jyrki69 getting to sing with kat von d

About The 69 Eyes

The 69 Eyes, a very dramatic goth metal band, formed in the early '90s in Helsinki. A quartet influenced by Motörhead, the Stooges, the Dead Boys, and the Doors, as well as movies like The Crow, Lost Boys, and The Matrix, they released several albums throughout the '90s and early 2000s. They first went gold in their native Finland with 2000's "Gothic Girl" single, and from then on their popularity increased. An anthology titled Framed in Blood: The Very Blessed of 69 Eyes was released in 2003 and initiated another phase for the band. They released another full-length album, Devils, in 2005 with its sequel, Angels, following in 2007. Hollywood Kills: Live at the Whiskey A Go Go arrived a year later, and 2009 saw the release of Back in Blood and the LP's single "Dead Girls Are Easy." Their 2012 album X featured a guest appearance from tattoo artist and model Kat Von D, and in 2013, they kicked off a three-year break with the release of the compilation The Best of Helsinki Vampires. In 2016, they returned with the single "Jet Fighter Plane" and the album Universal Monsters. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Helsinki, Finland

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