This past Wednesday (September 12), vocalist Jyrki69 of THE 69 EYES took part in a live video chat in support of the Helsinki vampires' new album, "X", which will be released in Europe on September 28 via Nuclear Blast Records. The complete 37-minute question-and-answer session is available below. It also features a four-minute video including snippets of every song from "X", as well as short commentary by Jyrki69.
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'."
On the topic of the "X" cover artwork, Jyrki69 said, "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 69 EYES filmed a video for "Red" in July with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.
Commented Jyrki69: "This is THE 69 EYES at the most melodic but even more than that, the most intense. The song has a very intense feeling, you know, like when your heart beats wild (red), when the world circles around you and when you find out the painful truth. Think of those scenes in the movies like 'Vertigo' or 'Vanilla Sky'. Something's broken and there's nothing you can do about it. It's a very epic and emotional song."
"X" track listing:
01. Love Runs Away
04. If You Love Me The Morning After
06. I Love The Darkness In You
08. I'm Ready
09. I know What You Did Last Summer
10. When A Love Comes To An End
* Red (video)
* Made In Sweden – Stockholm & THE 69 EYES (documentary)
Photo credit: Pauli Rouvinen