Helsinki, Finland-based gothic metallers THE 69 EYES are putting the finishing touches on their 10th studio album, “X”, in Stockholm, Sweden for a late September release through RCA/Sony Music in Finland and Nuclear Blast in the rest of Europe and North America. A single, “Red”, will precede the full-length CD in August.
The cover artwork for “X” can be seen below.
Commented THE 69 EYES lead singer Jyrki69: “The cover is pure goth ‘n’ roll: a psychedelic mirror image of old wild animal bones with our X-tagram projected over all. It’s good, evil, magic and voodoo all together! Something to stare at when tripping on the album.”
“X” was mixed by Stefan Boman (THE HELLACOPTERS, BULLET). “The sound is the most melodic, yet melancholic, we’ve ever had,” says Jyrki69. “Listening to the pre-mixes have been giving goose bumps to everyone here. This is the best THE 69 EYES album ever done!”
Regarding the album title, Jyrki69 said, “We’ve never really celebrated anything, not that we’ve been playing 20 years or so (vampires don’t count decades). Thus this time we thought to celebrate a bit: the new album is entitled as tenth in Roman numbers, it’ll be called ‘X’.”
THE 69 EYES will film its first video in three years later this month in Gothenburg, Sweden with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.
To coincide with the new album release, THE 69 EYES will also launch its own vampire-style red wine, simply called as “Red,” which will mainly be distributed in Sweden and Finland.
While waiting for the album, the Helsinki vampire enthusiastic can go to listen to singer Jyrki‘s DJ skills as he hosts his goth’n’roll club nights in Barcelona’s Undead club on July 7 and Fangtasia II event in New Orleans on July 21.
Photo credit: Pauli Rouvinen