MACABRE MUSIC: THE 69 EYES, BACK IN BLOOD (THE END RECORDS) — FREE DOWNLOAD!
THE 69 EYES
Back In Blood (The End Records)
Just like Marie Osmond was a little bit country and Donnie was a little bit rock & roll, so Finland’s The 69 Eyes are a little bit goth and a little bit rock & roll. Actually, make that a lot rock & roll. Back In Blood, their tenth studio album, essentially channels late ‘80s Sunset Strip rock through the filter of the macabre. That means lots of references to death (‘Dead Girls Are Easy’, ‘The Good, The Bad & The Undead’) and horror movies (‘Lips of Blood’ is the title of a Jean Rollin vampire film, ‘Suspiria Snow White’ name-checks the Dario Argento classic, ‘Hunger’ was inspired by Tony Scott’s The Hunger), but Back In Blood inspires more head-banging and booty-shaking than Goth-approved jazz hands. The monochromatically-dressed masses will certainly abide the Sisters of Mercy-ish ‘Lips of Blood’, while rockers will hear the resurrection of Guns ‘N Roses on ‘Dead Girls Are Easy’, with singer Jyrki’s baritone croon alternately calling to mind Andrew Eldritch, Iggy Pop and Jim Morrison. Always passionate, always melodic, Back In Blood goes down smooth whether your poison is Jack ‘n Coke or absinthe straight-up.
Terrifying tracks: ‘Eternal’, ‘Dead Girls Are Easy’, ‘Dead ‘N Gone’
Download ‘Dead Girls Are Easy’ at http://reybee.com/69_eyes/free/.
Look for an interview with lead singer Jyrki69 following their show Oct. 29 at The Opera House in Toronto.