Sharpen your fangs, The Helsinki Vampires are back. And this time, theyâ€™re Back In Blood.
THE 69 EYES return with their ninth studio album, which has been hailed a latter-day Appetite For Destruction. With blood on their hands and AC/DC on their stereo, the bloodsuckers have combined their past to focus on the future. Turning their back on the comic book glam of Angels, The Eyes have opened a heavier chapter in their musical career. For the first time this decade, honorary sixth vampire Johnny Lee Michaels has been granted temporary leave from the batcave and Matt Hyde (Slayer/Monster Magnet) has been invited over the threshold to produce the record.
â€œHeâ€™s cleaned the table and dusted the skeletons!â€ singer Jyrki 69 laughs. â€œItâ€™s like when Rick Rubin helped The Cult discover themselves on Electric – we made a similar spiritual journey with Matt.â€
Once again THE 69 EYES have their finger on the pulse of darkness with twelve goth â€˜nâ€™ roll anthems guaranteed to rock the crypt. â€œUnsurprisingly, the main inspiration for the album came from the vampire realm,â€ Jyrki explains. â€œWe havenâ€™t made a concept album but nearly all the songs have something to do with the undead or at least horror as a genre.â€ Delving into his movie collection, the singer focused on Jean Rollinâ€™s erotic French flick Lips Of Blood, The Hunger and the modern-day opus Night Watch. â€œItâ€™s almost like vampires are taking over the world!â€ he muses referring to the current Twilight mania.
Back in Blood Tracklisting:
1. Back In Blood
2. We Own The Night
3. Dead N’ Gone
4. The Good, The Bad & The Undead
5. Kiss Me Undead
6. Lips Of Blood
7. Dead Girls Are Easy
8. Night Watch
9. Some Kind Of Magick
11. Suspiria Snow White
The first single will be the tongue-in-cheek “Dead Girls Are Easy” â€“ a nasty power anthem for sleazy pin-ups complete with a sing-a-long chorus aimed at those online chicks with the looks that kill! The video was recently shot and directed by MTV superstar and close friend Bam Margera, who was also responsible for the Eyesâ€™ rock homage to â€˜80s cult movie The Lost Boys. In addition to the video, the band have also produced 15 webisodes detailing the making of the record which will be unveiled on their MySpace as well as Youtube (run dates: TBA).
The album opens with title track “Back In Blood”, which is a fast-paced wake-up call to the vampire king whoâ€™s been asleep for centuries and is now ready to rock. Blood is the new black and itâ€™s never tasted this good: â€œ2000 years â€“ now, baby Iâ€™m back!â€ he sings, licking his lips. Jyrki describes the song as: â€œMore MÃ¶tley than Mercy but with a CrÃ¼e made of Sisters.â€ The blood-thirsty swansong is an intimate piano and acoustic guitar-driven ballad called “Eternal”, performed as only a half-rotten Vampire Lestat could on a sultry southern night…
Matt Hydeâ€™s ultra-tight production has brought the danger back to THE 69 EYESâ€™ sound. The producer reveals: â€œIâ€™ve tried to feature the guitars, drums and vocals – the core sound of the band. I wanted them to rock and I wanted less emphasis on outside orchestration and keyboards with more real power and emotion through the performance itself.â€
But itâ€™s not just danger that Mattâ€™s unleashed â€“ he shares the same passion for horror and comics as Jyrki and the results of their marathon viewing sessions have seeped through onto disc. â€œWe watched at least three movies every night while recording the vocals,â€ the frontman reveals. â€œWe soon exhausted Mattâ€™s DVD collection so we started renting everything we hadnâ€™t seen from his local rental store. Once weâ€™d got through everything they had there, we bought more and more and heâ€™s now got a nice collection classic British Hammer films, cool 60s biker movies and vampire classics. Afterall, we couldnâ€™t have made a record like this without Bela Lugosi or Christopher Lee watching over our shoulder!â€
BACK IN BLOOD:
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The artwork has been designed by Estevan Oriol, whose work has graced countless covers from Cypress Hill to The Transplants and Snoop Dogg. â€œIâ€™ve been a fan of his iconic images for years â€“ heâ€™s like a present-day Andy Warhol. Iâ€™m so happy that he agreed to work with us because itâ€™s given this record a real â€˜made in LAâ€™ stamp.â€
Recording Back in Blood in Hollywood also put THE 69 EYES in a prime location for well-known visitors. Brides Of Destructionâ€™s London LeGrand and Care Failure from Die Mannequin are among the familiar names listed on the credits. But this isnâ€™t just a party album; itâ€™s a great rock recordâ€¦ and if youâ€™re into vampires, youâ€™ll enjoy it even more!
â€œWeâ€™ve worked so hard over the last two years since Angels was released,â€ says Jyrki. â€œWe played around 125 shows worldwide but all our sacrifices paved the way for the birth of this baby. Back In Blood is a culmination of 20 years worth of hard work.â€
If you want blood, youâ€™ve got it!
THE 69 EYES is Jussi 69 (drums), Bazie (lead guitar), Jyrki 69 (vocals), Timo-Timo (guitar), and Archzie (bass).