The 69 Eyes - Blessed Be review
|Band:||The 69 Eyes|
01. Framed In Blood
02. Gothic Girl
03. The Chair
04. Brandon Lee
05. Velvet Touch
06. Sleeping With Lions
07. Angel On My Shoulder
08. Stolen Season
09. Wages Of Sin
From "Wasting The Dawn" to this album, some drastic changes have been made to the bands sound. These changes turned out to be a great move for The Eyes.
Before I get to the album itself, one has to understand this transition to realize what a fantastic step it was for the band to find they're signature goth-rock sound. The previous album "Wasting The Dawn" (for those who haven't heard it) had some highlights, but for the most part it was pretty bland punk influenced glam-ish hard rock. Now that we come to "Blessed Be" the music takes a really dark and powerful turn.
The first gripping part of this sound is the voice of Jyrki 69, a voice that sounds like a darker, slightly softer Danzig, with some Jim Morrison and even a little Elvis. His hauntingly deep voice really sets the dreary mood for the album right from the beginning - this definitely isn't a pick-me-up album. The highlight for me is definitely the guitar work - there is such a high level of emotion behind these catchy riffs. Some of them even sound as if they belonged in a spaghetti western, which as a surprise does not detract from the spooky haunting sound of almost every song on this album.
And now for the bad - when listening to a lot of stuff within the hard rock genre one usually looks for a catchy riff they can chant along to or some climax in the song that they wait for every single time they listen to it. Unfortunately there are a select few songs on the album that lack this climax or catchiness, they just seem to be played through without build-up, which can be a pain to listen to at times.
This is a fantastic album, flat out. The unique leads and gloomy vocals set a very effective atmosphere, while still having a great rock'n'roll sound, which is what I imagine they were trying to achieve.
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