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Interviews

MACHINE MEN


These young very talented fellows from Finnish Suolahti soon will release debut album, but are already less or more know in native Land. In March 2002 their two-song CD ("Behind The Wall of Scene" and "Eye of the Truth") was reviewed as "the Demo of the Month" by Finnish music magazine Soundi. When I've heared their MCD "Machine Men", I've thought - "Finnish IRON MAIDEN! 100%"...


Scorpio: Hi! How are you?

Turbo J-V: Just fine, thanks!

Scorpio: Can you tell something about your history?

Turbo J-V:We started in 1998 in Suolahti, a small town in center of Finland. After a few demos we got signed with Dynamic Arts Records. We released EP in June 2002, which includes fife songs. Summer 2003 we went to record our first full length album, which will be released in October.

Scorpio: You name, "MACHINE MEN". Is it an analogy with "IRON MAIDEN"?

Turbo J-V:No. The name comes somewhere else...

MACHINE MEN

Scorpio: So, now about your music. Why did you select exactly IRON MAIDEN’S "Aces High" for cover song on EP? Is it you most favourite track?

Turbo J-V:It was an idea that came up when we were practicing the songs for EP. The song felt just right for us that time. So we rehearsed it well and nailed it to the track. We have also played that song live as encore. Great song!

Scorpio: I have to say, that there are no differents between your version and original. I think if someone makes cover he'd better change something. What is your opinion?

Turbo J-V:In one way that's true. But we thought that we don't want to rape that song. I've heard so many bullshit versions from MAIDEN's songs, so it's better done it well or do it whole a different way. We decided to make it same way as on the original CD It was the best solution for us I think.

Scorpio: What can you say about your upcoming album "Scars & Wound"? When will it be released?

Turbo J-V:As I said in history - guestion it will be released October. At first it will be released in Finland and some parts of Europe. Hopefully it could eventually reach everywhere! The album is more heavier and has more melodies. The lyrics are more deeper than the ones in the EP. This is more like us, if you now what I mean...?'Scar & Wounds'

Scorpio: Which songs will you include to CD?

Turbo J-V:We did eight brand new songs:

1. Against The Freaks
2. The Gift
3. The Beginning Of The End
4. Silver Dreams
5. Man In Chains
6. Betrayed By Angels
7. Victim
8. Scar & Wounds

Scorpio: Do you like coworking with Dynamic Arts Records? How did you meet each other?

Turbo J-V:So far cowork has gone very well. The company boys are really true friends for us and we get along very, very well! They heard our demo and signed us in. That was the start... very simple way.

Scorpio: Why do your vocalist try in some moments to copy Bruce Dickinson?

Turbo J-V:I think it's only his style. It's the way he sings. He's voice is his own. He might sound like him but what can you do? :) Mr Dickinson is a very great singer though.

Scorpio: Have you ever spoken or written to IRON MAIDEN's participants?

Turbo J-V:Nope. Hopefully we can someday.

Scorpio: Some people say, that heavy metal is dead, what do you think?

Turbo J-V:Maybe it is dead in mainstream but never in our hearts. It feels like it's waking again to life, which is good in a way.

Scorpio: How do you spend free time?

Turbo J-V:Playing music, drinking, having sex hanging around with our friends and stuff... Thrashing around!

Scorpio: Happiest moment in your life.

Turbo J-V:Hopefully in the future!

Scorpio: Moment in life, when you were most frightened.

Turbo J-V:We are never frightened! Except if Ozzy would change his style.

Scorpio: A little questionary to the end:

Turbo J-V:I asked also our singer Antony to add his views also....

MACHINE MENTurbo J-V:

Favourite drink - Beer
Favourite food - Bread
Favourite book - Motley Crue - The Dirt
Favourite film - Rockstar
Favourite cartoon - Judge Dredd
Favourite metal group - METALLICA
Favourite non-metal group/singer - none
Most beautiful woman in metal groups? - Angela from ARCH ENEMY

Finnish Metal Albums Top 5:
1. MACHINE MEN - Scars & Wounds
2. FUNERIS NOCTURNUM - Code 666 Religion Syndrome Deceased
3. CHILDREN OF BODOM - Hate Crew Deathroll
4. TWILLIGHTING - Delirium Veil
5. STONE - Emotional Playground

World Metal Albums Top 5:
1. METALLICA - Master Of Puppets
2. OZZY OSBOURNE - No More Tears
3. W.A.S.P. - The Last Command
4. PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power
5. IRON MAIDEN - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

Antony:

Favourite drink - Beethlehem
Favourite food - Rice And Chicken
Favourite book - Motley Crue - The Dirt
Favourite film - Braveheart
Favourite cartoon - porno version from Tarzan
Favourite metal group - IRON MAIDEN
Favourite non-metal group/singer - Kent
Most beautiful woman in metal groups? - Tarja Turunen from NIGHTWISH

Finnish Metal Albums Top 5:
1. MACHINE MEN - Scars & Wounds
2. Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus - Rajaportti
3. HIM- Razorblade Romance
4. HIM - Love Metal

World Metal Albums Top 5:
1. BRUCE DICKINSON - Accident Of Birth
2. IRON MAIDEN - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
3. OZZY - Bark At The Moon
4. IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere In Time
5. BLACK SABBATH - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Scorpio: Final words:

Turbo J-V:Remember to get our new album Scars & Wounds! And remember to take lots of booze!

Scorpio: OK! Will do! :) Good luck with the releasing of album!

Scorpio
25-08-2003

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