Helsinki's most famous vampires, THE 69 EYES, are proud to announce the title of their new, 12th studio album, which will be released on April 22nd via Nuclear Blast: It's called 'Universal Monsters' and contains eleven brand-new Finnish Gothic hymns.
The cover can be interchanged between 5 different images; one of each band member - and can be seen above.
The new album’s cover artwork, as well as the first video single, were conceived by Finnish photographer and director Ville Juurikkala - known from his works forNIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, HIM, APOCALYPTICA and MICHAEL MONROE.
As the album title 'Universal Monsters' refers, the band are portrayed in movie monster lighting, showing them as classic and timeless creatures. “The covers are planned and designed as an old-school CD covers - remember when the booklets used to be as exciting as the album itself?! It will actually have five different covers being such a folder - each member of the band can be used as a cover creature of their own. Ville has really succeeded in capturing the classic movie vibe for the shots without any special make-up or photo shopping. THE 69 EYES are the universal rock ’n’ roll monsters - not so many of us left anymore,” says THE 69 EYES vocalist Jyrki.“So from real fans I wish they would get the actual CD in their hands to get the full album treatment as we have planned it to be experienced!”
The 'Universal Monsters' tracklist racks up as follows:
01. Dolce Vita
02. Jet Fighter Plane
03. Blackbird Pie
04. Lady Darkness
05. Stiv & Johnny
07. Miss Pastis
09. Shallow Graves
10. Rock 'N' Roll Junkie
The first making-of 'Universal Monsters' teaser trailer takes fans into the beginning of the album’s recording sessions with producer Johnny Lee Michaels and drummerJussi 69 in nighttime Helsinki. Some beers getting them through...
Watch the clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWC0309-hiY
The first single and video from it will be released on January 15th, 2016. It’s called 'Jet Fighter Plane' and the video for it was directed by Ville Juurikkala.
Watch the fitting teaser here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RI82GhAiWw
“The song has a dark early 80’s kind of vibe. I wrote the lyrics those Cold War-era times in my mind. Strangely the world has totally returned into those dark days again after recording the song,” says THE 69 EYES vocalist Jyrki.
“It’s been some 15 years since we recorded 'Blessed Be' and 'Paris Kills' albums with producer Johnny Lee Michaels here in Helsinki. You can consider 'Universal Monsters' as a follow-up to those records. Nobody makes this kind of music anymore.”
THE 69 EYES will tour Europe in support of their new record. See all dates below:
THE 69 EYES live 2016:
06.02. FIN Helsinki - Baltic Queen
12.02. FIN Kittilä - Hullu Poro Areena
13.02. FIN Tornio - Lapland Tattoo Weekend
24.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
25.04. D Munich - Backstage
26.04. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
27.04. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
28.04. D Bochum - Zeche
29.04. D Cologne - Gloria
30.04. D Berlin - PHB-Club
01.05. D Hamburg - Markthalle