The 69 Eyes: Universal Monsters
The Helsinki Vampires return, minus some of their sheen
Finnish goth‘n’rollers The 69 Eyes are back after a nearly four-year-long break.
Within moments, Universal Monsters’ opening track Dolce Vita sees singer Jyrki 69 affecting the Peter-Steele-meets-Elvis persona he’s known for, his moody baritone dripping with (blood)lust as he croons his verse, laden with vampire-flick references. Musically, they’ve gone for a more stripped-back approach, somewhat to their detriment; Jet Fighter Plane has you wishing it was just that bit heavier, and it lacks the immediacy of previous album X.