Finnish goth metallers THE 69 EYES have issued the following update:

"THE 69 EYES will start recording their next, ninth studio album with the Grammy-awarded producer Matt Hyde. He is mostly known from his works with SLAYER, MONSTER MAGNET and FU MANCHU. The recording process will take place both in Helsinki and Los Angeles. The still-unnamed album will come in this September, a possible video and single cut early summer."

Commented THE 69 EYES drummer Jussi 69 (born Jussi Heikki Tapio Vuori): "We used SLAYER's 'God Hates Us All' for long to wake us up before the shows on tour back then, I guess that's where the name Matt Hyde came into our mind. It'll be very interesting to work with him. We have so good material at the moment!"

THE 69 EYES will take a break from studio work in February to embark on a European tour with Sweden's TIAMAT.

THE 69 EYES released a box set called "Goth'n'Roll" in Finland on Halloween. The set, which contains three CDs and one DVD, documents THE 69 EYES' period from 1998 to 2003 when the band broke into the mainstream success in Finland and spread their Helsinki vampire bat wings over Europe. "Blessed Be" and "Paris Kills" are considered the band's classic gothic rock albums by both fans and critics alike. Both albums are here remastered with bonus tracks. The DVD is the same period's "Helsinki Vampires", also remastered, featuring a live show recorded at Tavastia, Helsinki in 2002, all the videos, extras and also a never-before-released documentary "Bat Habit" from the same period. The third CD is "Goth'N'Roll Archives" which includes demos and never-before-released material from 1998 to 2003.


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