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Eyes – Perfect Vision 20/20

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 24th September 2021 by Pieni

“Perfect Vision 20/20”
Melodic rock/Rock FM
Released: 4th June 2021
Via GMR Music


Remember Starship? Or the first three Bon Jovi albums? Or any other band/record with that catchy harder-than-pop-but-not-really-hard-rock eighties sound? There you go!

The tenacity of the bass in “Playing To Win” gives the song the attitude its title preaches, and that’s probably why it’s the opening track; still I think the bundle of mysterious keyboards and wailing guitars of “Turn Of Your Life” would make a bigger impact as an intro.

While the grace of the mandatory ballad, “This Is Us”, feels like a tribute to Whitesnake, the sharp gait of “Falling In Between (The Joker)” is for Eyes what “Addicted To That Rush” was for Mr. Big. Please mind that I’m mentioning all these other bands just as a reference, in order to give you context – I’m not even sure if they’re among Eyes’ influences. Yes, there’s a familiar note throughout this record but it comes from the aforementioned eighties/early nineties vibe, not from some kind of Xerox of someone else’s music.

The perky rhythm of “Never Back Down” or “Shot Down In Flames”, or the upbeat groove of “More Than Meets The Eye” and “Cry Another Day”, those are the kind of formulas used so many times before, and yet worthy of being used some more. Not exactly perfect as the title claims (although, given the band’s name, it was a brilliant choice), but good enough to be recommended to all melodic rockers out there.


by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Man.Machine.Industry – The Cross [EP]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 11th February 2014 by Pieni

“The Cross” [EP]
Metal / thrash
To be released on 14th February 2014
Via GMR Music

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Man.Machine.Industry are working on their new album, but apparently they’re so eager to share their music that they decided to release an EP in advance.

When frontman JB said some time ago that things would be different, I confess I was a bit apprehensive. What I’ve always loved about M.M.I. was their industrial twist over the shredding metal and I was afraid they’d now go old school thrash all the way and get lost among all the others of that genre. But no. Things are indeed different, especially when it comes to keyboards, but both from what they’ve done so far AND from what other metal bands do.

It’s not by chance that the EP is titled after the first song – “The Cross” is the best track of this 4-piece. Its backbone is made out of a more traditional heavy metal riffing entwined with some heroic synths and it sounds pretty strong. As always, the bass makes its stand and adds a groovy depth all over the song. Also the sharp beat and the determination in the gang vocals shouting “THE CROSS!” will make their way through your ears.

“Kill” has these intriguing keys which is what will catch your attention. The rhythm is not so fast – except for a few moments closer to the end, where the band starts thrashing away – and the guitars are a bit shallow, but the keys draw some spotlight and make it interesting.

The beat in “Colours” reminds me of “Vivete et Sinite Mori (Live and Let Die)” but at a slower pace. It’s somewhat repetitive and monotonous, the melodic guitar solo a little dissonant and out of place among the rest of the instruments. It’s the lesser track of the EP.

On the other hand, “Slave” is full of speed and aggression, giving you a glimpse of a rawer side of M.M.I.. Still is “The Cross” that mirrors their true nature and I’m looking forward to the upcoming album, which apparently will follow that direction. JB said he “got some awesome songs for that one” and I believe him.

3,5 / 5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Man.Machine.Industry release video for “Aim! Hold! Fire!”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 11th December 2013 by Pieni

Swedish Man.Machine.Industry have recently re-released their 2012 album “Lean Back, Relax and Watch The World Burn” with two extra songs (“First Chord Struck” and “Eye Of The Beholder”). Today, they launch a new video for the song “Aim! Hold! Fire!” featured in it:

The band is currently in the studio writing and recording both an EP and an album to be released next year, and have confirmed a Swedish tour opening for Raubtier on the following dates/locations:

27 Haparanda – Folkets Hus
28 Luleå – Kulturens Hus
01 Umeå – House of Metal (festival)
06 Göteborg – Trädgår’n
07 Halmstad – James Rockbar
12 Norrköping – Dynamo
13 Malmö – KB
14 Karlshamn – Bellevueparken
15 Örebro – Ritz
21 Borlänge – Liljan
22 Skövde – Valhall
26 Gävle – Harrys
27 Stockholm – Klubben
28 Huskvarna – Folkets Hus
29 Linköping – L’Orient

Interview with Magnus Klavborn (TRIA)

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 15th July 2013 by Pieni

Three talented musicians with different musical backgrounds joined forces and TRIA was born. Pieni asked one of them – singer Magnus Klavborn – a few questions, so we can get to know the band a little better.

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Pieni: Hi Magnus! Thank you so much for talking to us.
So, for what I understood, TRIA started out as one of J. Bergman’s (MAN.MACHINE.INDUSTRY) projects. Do you and Ronnie (Nyman, ALWAYS WAR) now contribute to the music more than just with your voices? Are you now involved with the writing process as well?

Magnus: Me and Ronnie are doing all things vocal and we are very involved with the producing side of it all as well. We treat Bergman’s songs as templates, you can say, and then the three of us work out the rest to make it sound as we want it.

P.: You describe yourselves as “a more violent version of AC/DC and Danko Jones, so one could think that you’re a harder kind of hard rock… ?

M.: The guitars and the sound of it all are kind of rock more than metal and the more violent part is on top of the rock pieces.

P.: “Now it’s time for me to rise, to make a change and make it now”. Do you want to tell us a little more about those changes, about what “Stand My Ground” is about?

M.: It’s about not backing down on what you believe in. Easy as that 😉

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P.: TRIA… the name comes from the fact of the band consisting in three frontmen with somewhat distinct musical backgrounds, or is there any other reason behind it?

M.: You are right there, it started with me having an name idea based on “three” and then I think it was Bergman who came up with the name TRIA.

P.: Both Ronnie and Bergman have other bands, which I believe are their priorities. What about you? Are you working on anything else or TRIA is your main focus at the moment?

M.: TRIA is my main focus in music right now but at the same time it suits me, at the moment, that it’s a “second priority”. It gives me more time to do other things I need to take care of for now.

P.: The single “Stand My Ground” was out on June 28th. Are you already working on an album, or at least an EP? How’s that going?

M.: We are working on a six track EP and not much left until it’s done!

P.: I see CJ Sillén is listed as studio AND live session drummer. Are there any plans of hitting the stage in the near future? What ARE your near future plans?

M.: CJ did a good job on those two songs for the single but on the EP it’s going to be Thomas Ohlsson (APOSTASY, ex-PROJECT HATE) and after the EP nothing is set in stone. TRIA is Ronnie, J.B. and me. Live musicians will be additional when it comes to doing shows in the future.

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P.: And speaking of CJ… Where did you find him?

M.: That was Bergman and Ronnie so I don’t know the whole story on how he came to be playing on the single. But I’m glad he did though.

P.: What about a bass player? I know Bergman plays it, but on stage he can’t do both… Are you still looking for someone or you’re considering skip the bass parts when playing live?

M.: We don’t need to look 😉 We have already got plenty of them lining up.

P.: I’m curious about something I’ve read on your Facebook page:TRIA aims to fit many without becoming a commercial circus act”. This “commercial circus”, is that how you see the metal scene of today? A bunch of sell-outs?

M.: The whole industry is fucked and most (not all) people working in the industry are fucked up greedy bastards who try to take as much as possible from the people in bands doing the ground work.

P.: Once again thank you so much for this “chat” and I wish you and TRIA all the best.

M.: Thank you. Stay true and listen to TRIA.

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Interview conducted by Renata “Pieni” Lino