Is your soul black? Black as the eye of the Raven? Black as soot? Do you crave dimly lit rooms where the populace wear nothing but black leather sip on red wine? If so you’re going to love the new single from Finnish goth frontman Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes fame.
Entitled “Bloodlust” off his debut solo album “Helsinki Vampire,” the song is a throwback to sounds of old in its simplistic veneer of Gothic sheen. The keyboards are synth heavy and reminiscent of “Sisters Of Mercy” with the smooth crooning cradled by subtle guitar. The solo at the end is classic metal and drives the track home for a well rounded finish of what is a very defined sound that resonates with fans of the Goth Rock genre.
The video includes footage from the movie “Sunset Society” and features the talents of the late Ace Of Spaces, Lemmy Kilmister, as the leader of a band of vampire rockers in what would be his final performance. Lemmy is but one of many famous faces that make cameos in the film; also featured are Dizzy Reed (Guns ‘N Roses), Traci Guns (L.A Guns) and king of the 70s spank bank and adult film legend; the one and only Ron Jeremy. The film is due for release in Spring 2018.
Brought forth by Vincente and Fernando Cordero of the aptly named Industrialism Films, the video was shot in the iconic Millennium Biltmore Hotel. With it’s eerie lighting full of blood-drenched beauty, it conveys both the momentum of the music and the tone of the film in a fresh and artistic manner that makes Jyrki 69 look like he belongs there amongst his blood thirsty brethren.
Jyrki 69 recently discussed the video with RollingStone.com; “Bloodlust is “The Lost Boys” movie taken into modern day to the Sunset Strip. Aren’t we all so glad to see that Lemmy’s doing all right? He lives forever.”
He elaborates on the impact the mad hatter of metal had on his personal life; “Motorhead is naturally always been more than just inspiration musically, it’s a whole lifestyle which Lemmy symbolizes. Life suddenly has become harder without a new Motorhead album or tour behind the corner. I met the man many times over the course of decades all over the world. Never bothered him at the Rainbow Bar & Grill! I’m proud to have the General still on board! I actually showed the video to Ron Jeremy (who’s in it too) at the Rainbow Bar & Grill last weekend, he loved it!”
Check out this the second video for the single “Last Halloween” from his newly released album Helsinki Vampire below:
The album drops today and is available for purchase here.
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