The 69 Eyes – Death of Darkness (Album Review)


The 69 Eyes – Death of Darkness (Album Review)

Vampires have existed for centuries and have been depicted in many different forms of art. However, in the world of Rock-n-Roll, perhaps the most attractive vampires have to be the Helsinki Vampires, also known as 69 Eyes. Formed in 1989, The 69 Eyes first jumped onto the scene as a Glam Gothic Rock show. Over the years, from the early days, they’ve become a beautiful blend of Dark Rock, Glam and Gothic Metal. Continuing on this trajectory, 2023 brings their last studio album, Death of Darkness.

The new album, which will be released on April 21 with Atomic Fire Records and on May 5 in physical format, includes ten tracks (three of which were included in the 2022 EP). To spread). Lucky for this immortal team in terms of full-length studio debut, number 13 once again brings together Vocalist Jyrki 69 and their usual ghouls – Bazie and Timo Timo on guitar, Archzie on bass and Jussi 69 on drums – a well-mixed collection of music.

Reaching another cohesive album that fans are sure to like, for being called Death of Darkness, it certainly contains some lighthearted gothic subject matter… and that even includes the title piece. Adding a little more spice to the pot, this album even has some special featured vocalists that make it unique in its own right. For example, “This Murder Takes Two” features a duet with Kat Von D; It offers a strange but sweet melody with killing as the main course.

This is followed by the rocking cut “California”, which offers a surreal look at Los Angeles. A throwback to one of the album’s most intriguing tunes, “Drive” sounds more like classic Gothic Rock and would probably go extremely well in a live setting. The same goes for “Dying in the Night,” which has a more somber tone, or “Something Real,” which features catchy tunes for added flavor.

Complementing the highlights of this collection, in addition to Boycott’s song “Gotta Rock” is the closer five-and-a-half-minute track “Outlaws”. Second, it has all the qualities this group is known for; From Jyrki’s deep gothic soothing vocals to the fun and jarring riffs of tuned strings and more. Overall, it’s another example of a well-made end product with cleanliness and clarity that aptly enhances the melody’s message.

In enough words, even if Death of Darkness He’s not at the top of the list for all 69 Eyes fans, but he’s still proving to be a contender. Not to be overlooked, it tries to create a more modern sound by standing stronger next to the 69-eyed classic collection… with just a slight twist. A valuable addition to your collection, Cryptic Rock Death of Darkness 4 stars out of 5.

69 Eyes – Death of Darkness / Atomic Fire Records (2023)

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