Darkness is dead, long live the darkness! Today, THE 69 EYES‘ new effort, Death Of Darkness sees the light of day via Atomic Fire Records (physical versions in the US be available on April 28). To celebrate the release of their thirteenth studio album, the Finnish gothic/glam goo-goo mucks have unveiled the official video for new track “This Murder Takes Two,” a special collaborative work featuring wonderful singer and tattoo artist Kat Von D. Next to their unique brand of gloom and doom, of glam and wham, this song showcases the extraordinary nature of Death Of Darkness.
“John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash’s son, was in talks to record and produce an acoustic EP with us at Johnny Cash’s very own Cabin Studios in the US. We demoed some potential songs yet we ultimately never did this recording. This song somewhat just stuck with us,” remembers singer Jyrki 69. “It wasn’t complete without a female touch though, which is why we asked our good friend Kat Von D to sing on it. It’s my personal favorite [on the album].”
“It’s always such a pleasure working with THE 69 EYES boys. I’ve been such a huge fan of their music for so long. ‘This Murder Takes Two’ is such a special song. Even though it’s not the typical style of music that I am used to singing to, it was so much fun stepping out of my comfort zone. Jyrki has a beautiful way of sprinkling goth romance onto everything he does, even when it’s a western style song,” enthuses Kat Von D.
Get seduced by the Southern gothic murder ballad at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released videos for “Death Of Darkness” HERE, “Drive” HERE, “California” HERE.
Order Death Of Darkness in the physical format of your choice (physical versions in the US be available on April 28), stream it, or get it digitally now, here: https://the69eyes.afr.link/deathofdarknessPR.
Don’t forget to subscribe to Atomic Fire Records on YouTube HERE. Listen to “This Murder Takes Two [feat. Kat Von D]” as well as other new tracks in the AFR New Releases playlist on Spotify HERE.
Following an extremely successful tour through mainland Europe and their home country, THE 69 EYES will return to the US in May. The week-long Gotta Rock US Tour will commence on May 5th in Phoenix, Arizona at The Nile Theater and run through May 13th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the sold-out Sick New World Fest. Support will be provided by Pretty Boy Floyd on select dates. Find tickets and more at 69eyes.com.
THE 69 EYES w/ Pretty Boy Floyd:
5/05/2023 The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ [tickets]
5/06/2023 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA [tickets] * No Pretty Boy Floyd
5/07/2023 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA [tickets]
5/09/2023 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA [tickets]
5/10/2023 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA [tickets]
5/12/2023 The Ranch House – Reno, NV [tickets]
5/13/2023 Sick New World Fest – Las Vegas, NV * No Pretty Boy Floyd *Sold Out*
Widely known as the Helsinki Vampires, THE 69 EYES gained several platinum albums with Blessed Be and Paris Kills and not only reached #1 of the single and album charts in their home country of Finland, but also plunged the world into a sinful cosmos of love, death, and melancholy, while outliving any other band emerging from the goth hype of the early 2000s. By developing their sound further into sleaze rock on Devils (2004) and Angels (2007) and not shying away from pitch black Elvis allusions in singer Jyrki 69’s dark voice and unique onstage dance moves, the band has established a worldwide following. Over the course of over three decades, the band has toured relentlessly throughout Europe, America, Asia, and Australia and released twelve full-length studio albums
Sprawling across ten lavishly dark, effortlessly cool songs, THE 69 EYES‘ thirteenth record, Death Of Darkness, is one of their most flawless, most consistent – bearing a title that’s of course both stylish and symbolic. Just like their music. 2023 is a far cry from the early days of the new millennium when gothic rock bands emerged from every graveyard and Finnish vampires stormed the charts around the world. However, the spirit of a world-class record like Death Of Darkness, the sheer passion and the enticing mystery, the suspense, and the smirk, are still very much alive.
“Jyrki’s apocalyptic croak is simply one of the goth voices of our time, and he thrives here inspired by another colossal chorus as ghostly piano figures are skillfully threaded through a wall of big, arena-sized riffs. It sounds huge and authoritative because it is.” — Blabbermouth
“Death Of Darkness shows the mature progression the band have reached after all this time and they still all look drop dead gorgeous!” – Scene Point Blank
“The group’s sound meshes the worlds of Hollywood – parts of album number 13 were written at the Sunset Marquis hotel – and Nordic gothic hard rock. It’s akin to a glam metal all-star band jamming with Sentenced, and finding common musical ground. Or perhaps a mutual fondness for the morbid, glamour, sex and the supernatural. As a result, there are earworms, but also plenty of brooding.” – Heavy Music Headquarters
“The Helsinki Vampires, impressively undead as always!” — Powermetal.de
“This is the definition of Gothic Rock with a positive vibe, and I do not give a damn if this sounds contradictory.” — Metal Kaoz
“THE 69 EYES are still one of the most talented and powerful dark rock acts.” — Radiometal
THE 69 EYES:
Jyrki 69 – vocals
Bazie – guitars
Timo Timo – guitars
Archzie – bass
Jussi 69 – drums