Universal Monsters - The 69 Eyes

Finnish finesse

There is no doubt that the Universal Monsters is a solid release from the old boys, and I certainly believe that they are surpassing their 2012 release, X, with the lengths! The 69 Eyes anno 2016 manage to play the undiluted, uncompromising goth 'n' roll at all the numbers, and it is never right to be boring – with the exception perhaps of the "Stiff & Johnny", which I can't throw some skulls. Because the guys have mastered the difficult balancing act between consistency and variation lands we 8 monsterkranier from here.

The self-proclaimed goth 'n' rollers The 69 Eyes release you not by sight

Helsinki vampires are still blood-thirsty

Ahh, there is just something special about Finland for us heavyhoveder, not true? The country has through countless years enriched the heavy music scene with the national stoltheder as Children of Bodom, Nightwish, HIM, and of course The 69 Eyes, all of which have the quite special Finnish sound – a sound, the latter band is once again ready to treat the world with. With more than twenty years and ten studio albums on their back, is Helsinki's very own goth 'n' roll-the vampires namely ready to brage through the sound barrier with their latest albumudspil Universal Monsters.

Versatile monstermaskerade

Monster-the disc kicks off with the song "Dolce Vita", which throws the listener headfirst into a walk, solid and heavy rock, where the amp is turned all the way up to eleven. It is – in my opinion – the disc's strongest track, and it works simply perfect as the opening number: It is full cut to pieces from the start, but the sound is still so recognizable, that you are not a second in doubt about who the kingpins are. Even more recognizable it becomes good and well 30 seconds into the number, where the hard-hitting instruments accompanied by Jyrki 69's distinctive, mørkelæggende vocals that leaves your ears full defenseless.

Then follows the disc's first single, "Jet Fighter Plane", which, after a typical finsklydende intro, takes the listener on a short trip back to the 1980's the koldkrigsmilitærbaser. There is a very specific retromilitant vibe of this track and it works really surprisingly well!

On the next two tracks, "Blackbird Pie" and "Lady of Darkness" takes the guys a little rest, and the pace is reduced a bit. Where the first number is full of good groove and pure rhythm, the latter more nostalgic and pulls clear of the threads to the classic The 69 Eyes-style. Nostalgic atmosphere watch, also over the "Miss Pastis", but here drowned however quickly by a scalding rock 'n' roll feeling, which is borne out by the momentary harmonica-like tones.

Really strange it gets on the plate 6. the track, "Shallow Graves", which is a true horror flick. Although the load-bearing element – guitarriffet – not particularly original, it is nevertheless effective and I can't avoid to see the old school horrorfilmscener for my inner eye.

After this terrifying place reduced the pace significantly, and we are presented with the closest we come to an acoustic number: "Jerusalem". Here, they manage Finnish cousins mysteriously to mix the western with the goth, and the ends to create the disc's most evocative number, you can hear again and again without getting tired of it.

This is followed by the more bland number, "Stiff & Johnny", where I actually think that the vocals will become a tad annoying. It fixed that quickly with "Never", which offers a quirky guitarspor and a melody that immediately burn themselves firmly in your consciousness.

A hypnotic trance-mood hives up on the "Blue" is downtempo and in all ways inaugurates the listener in a gothic universe – also on the text side. This transcenderende mood is interrupted, however, soon of the disc's last track, "Rock 'n' Roll Junkie", where the title is not lying! There is decent rock 'n' roll with a good atmosphere, and you hear this number in your car, you are guaranteed to run quickly – so beware.

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