The 69 Eyes – Devils

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Nuclear Blast Records
Released: 2004
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/products/tontraeger/cd/cd-digi/the-69-eyes-devils-special-edition.html
Band Website: http://www.69eyes.com/

Devils2Band line-up:

Jyrki 69 – Lead Vocals
Bazie – Guitar, Vocals
Jussi 69 – Drums
Archzie – Bass, Vocals
Timo-Timo – Guitar

Tracklisting:

1. Devils
2. Feel Berlin
3. Nothing on You
4. Sister of Charity
5. Lost Boys
6. Jimmy
7. August Moon
8. Beneath the Blue
9. Christina Death
10. Hevioso
11. Only You Can Save Me
12. From Dusk Til Dawn
13. Pitchblack
14. Feel Berlin (Radio Edit)

Review

To celebrate the re-releases of several classic albums by the Finnish Goth Rockers The 69 Eyes, The Independent Voice has taken to reviewing each and every one of them.

Now we come to the band’s seventh studio release, and in my opinion, the best one yet. DEVILS is packed to the brim with all the right Gothic Rock elements that anyone into dark Euro-Rock will be on the lookout for. Firstly we have the title track which rings well with punk rock riffs and vocals again similar to the Goth-Father, Andrew Eldritch.

Then we have the band’s excellent nod to the alternative scene in Germany in ‘Feel Berlin’. I’ve always regarded Germany as the heart of Europe’s alternative scene and now we have the pioneers of Finnish Goth giving it their unholy blessing.

And eventually we step into the basking glory of Finnish Goth music with two of the best anthems of the genre in the last 15 years. First of all we have ‘Lost Boys,’ paying homage to the 80s vampire flick. It is equipped with all the catchy choruses and easy to play riffs that I know will inspire many up and coming bands wanting to get into their local scene. Next up we have ‘Jimmy’, an ambiguous character whose adventures are sung forth with much delight from Jyrki 69 and the backing vocals make it one of the sing-along classics that makes this an album you must own in order to know the 69 Eyes.

We finish off the album with ‘Christina Death,’ an homage to the late Rozz Williams who founded the Deathrock group Christian Death. Here the band showcase their ability to personify a band in the form of a promiscuous woman who has seen it all and had it all in her times spent in the seedy bars of Los Angeles. Another reference to the band’s Glam Metal days.

Additional material to this re-release is the Radio Edit of ‘Feel Berlin’, which hasn’t suffered much under the radio friendly polish it’s been given for airplay.

Every track on this record is worth listening to and will have you wanting to press the play button again, and again, and again.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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