The last song on the record, “Eternal,” is incredibly revealing. Jyrki 69 resembles the Phantom, posturing and posing through an outlandishly beautiful ballad. The band pulls it together in the background, with drummer Jussi 69 offering vivid fills under engorged strings.
Of course, The 69 Eyes’ bread and butter is the glam/goth rock stuff.
Single “Dead Girls are Easy,” featuring a video directed by Bam Margera, is the sort of Playboy-esque rocker sure to boost beer-soaked parties. It’s a grand little shout-along anthem and it packs a respectable riff alongside uproariously over-the-top lyrics.
“Dead N Gone” is a chunky, cheesy mid-tempo scorcher with a chorus jarringly like the theme song to Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and “Lips of Blood” makes great use of Jyrki 69’s low tones and melodramatic delivery.
All in all, Back in Blood makes for a marvellous party record for those nights that demand something positively bizarre and flagrantly tacky. As the ideal cemetery shindig companions, The 69 Eyes don their black skyscraper boots walk the line between glam and goth courageously and without excuse.