History of Mind’s Eye
individual band member biographies please click
member names above]
Eye is a progressive band with a
strong sense of melody. Although making their own
blend of heavy metal and progressive rock you can
still hear influences from bands like: Rush, Yes,
Queensrÿche, E.L.O, Winger, Toto and Genesis.
band started in 1992 when
Johan Niemann (bass) and
(drums & keyboards) met Fredrik Grünberger
(guitar). Before creating this new band they first
called Afterglow, the three of them had played in
different local bands in Stockholm while studying
music in high school. When not writing music and
rehearsing, Fredrik took lessons with Jan Granwick
(Glory) while Daniel and Johan studied with local
teachers. After playing together for about a year
the band met singer German Pascual and made a self-produced,
self-financed promotion CD named "Afterglow".
The CD contained four of the eight songs recorded,
and was very well received by the Swedish press,
especially by Swedish journalist Janne Stark. The
CD was also voted Demo of the Year by the Swedish
magazine Backstage. Janne Stark worked with the
band in trying to get labels interested. Even though
some labels showed interest in signing them, the
band was still without a contract in 1996. When
German Pascual left the band they started to try
out new singers.
recorded a demo with two different singers. The
singers where Robert Forse(Head's or Tale's) and
Thomas Vikström(Candlemass), But things didn't
work out the way it should and Afterglow was forced
to search for a new singer. They auditioned over
30 singers, and Johan Persson was selected as a
new band member. The band also changed their name
to Mind's Eye since "Afterglow"
already was taken by a German death metal band.
1997 Mind's Eye finally got a deal with a record
company and recorded their first CD "Into
the Unknown" for the American
label, Sensory (a label of the Lasers Edge group).
The album was well received in both American and
German press. The CD was distributed in the States
by Century Media. Meanwhile, Johan Niemann and Daniel
Flores studied music production and engineering
at the Stockholm Music Conservatory with teachers
like Roger Krieg (Ulf Lundell, Stefan Andersson)
Olle Olsson (Meja, Snoop doggy dogg, Backstreet
boys) Due to musical differences the band had to
change singers again.
new singer, Andreas
Novak, also studied at the Stockholm
Music Conservatory with teachers such as Daniel
Zanger-Borsch (Alien, Crosstalk) and Johanna Nyström
(The real group). Though Johan Niemann, Daniel and
Andreas studied hard it never got in the way of
writing music with Mind's Eye. With a singer that
fitted their music, they continued to write and
rehearse in the studio outside Stockholm where Yngwie
Malmsteen used to rehearse when he started his career.
second album "…Waiting
For The Tide" was recorded
in 1999. In order to be in more control of their
music, the band decided to release their second
album on their own label "Round Records"
with the assistance of project manager Håkan
Kaneberg. The album got rave reviews, and opened
several doors for Mind’s Eye, who now owned
great reputation and respect in many magazines as
one of Sweden’s best new progressive rock
acts. Songs like “Calling (father to son)”
got great radio air in both Swedish and American
stations. In May 2000 Johan Niemann decided to quit
Mind’s Eye in order to pursue his career with
band Therion. The rest of the members wished him
luck with that. In September 2000 Mind’s Eye
decided to compete in the European Progpower competition.
Mind’s Eye came in third place of ten bands.
Most of the bands were big European names so off
course that was an honour for the guys. The same
month MNW records and Record Heaven had heard the
album and decided to release the album in Europe.
In October 2000 the band contributed to Adrenaline
records “Warning: Mind’s Of Raging Empires”-
A tribute to Queensrÿche, with the song “I
will remember”. The song got amazing reviews
waving the Mind’s Eye flag around the world,
showing how strong their musical abilities are.
January 2001 Johan Niemann was asked to join Mind’s
Eye again, he accepted and the band continued to
fulfil their third album.
February until May Daniel Flores and some friends
started to build the “Sheep Valley Studio”.
The studio was completed in late May introducing
Mind’s Eye into hard disk recording, a new
experience for the band.
a new found studio Mind’s Eye now felt the
urge to record a new full-length album again, their
third album with the title “A
Work Of Art”
was a total new area for Mind’s
Eye. Daniel Flores and Fredrik Grünberger produced,
arranged and mixed the 12-song album through June
until August 2001.
July 2001 Mind’s Eye singed with German label
Rising Sun (Angra, Dreamscape, Black Symphony).
The reviews for “a work of art” where
amazing and everything was going in the right direction
again for the band until the inevitable happened:
the label went bankrupt and Mind’s Eye left
Rising sun records. After that Mind’s Eye
took a big blow and they decided to take a long
break to gather their troops again. This was a good
period for both Johan Niemann and Daniel Flores
who recorded 10 albums (with different artists)
together during the time off Mind’s Eye. Andreas
Novak went on the Swedish TV show Fame Factory gaining
great success and finally signing a record deal
with MTM record/Germany for his first solo album
called “Forever Endeavour” produced
by Daniel Flores. Having much success and being
studio musicians that worked all over the world
(recording with bands such as: Therion, Secret Sphere,
Tears of Anger, Hubi Meisel, Novak, Xsavior, Demonoid,
Zool, Chris Catena,Sha-boom, Faro) the guys of Mind’s
Eye got the urge to come back and make a new album
but Fredrik Grünberger, who worked as a stock
broker during his time off with Mind’s Eye,
couldn’t make it. So he decided to leave the
band in order not to stand in their way of making
a new album. The guys who worked together since
they where teenagers where really broken by this
but respected Fredrik’s decision. Bass player
Johan Niemann, who also always had played the guitar,
took Fredrik’s place and now they where three...
the members of Mind’s Eye have participated
in over 100 albums as both musicians, producers
went by and suddenly the band received great news,
they found a new label which would make a re-release
of their last 2 albums "…Waiting
For The Tide" and "A
Work Of Art" and the release of a
new studio album. The label was Lion
Music, a great label for the band.
Still with Andreas Novak on vocals and with the
new label Lion
Music, Mind’s Eye felt more confident
and stronger than ever before to explore the boundaries
of new musical territories and to confront a larger
audience. Their first album as a three piece was
"Walking On H2O"
(released Jan 2006) which garnered huge critical
praise (with a lot of 10/10 reviews) and it was
this moment the band felt the urge to take their
sound further into the unknown.
same year Daniel Flores was voted drummer of the
year in huge melodicrock.com
website making Daniel one of the top drummers to
working in the European Metal/rock scene.
and Johan sat down a couple of days to write a couple
of good songs and they came up with the best songs
ever created by the duo. They both knew that the
idea for the new album entitled
"A Gentleman’s Hurricane"
had to be taken somewhere else, somewhere they haven’t
been before. The result was the heaviest album ever
by Mind’s Eye and another concept by Daniel
entered Sound vs. Science studio in late August
2006 and delivered the album again to Lion Music
in March 2007. Being a big cinematic fan, Daniel
wanted to give this particular album a little extra
spin and he came up with an idea of having the whole
story illustrated as a comic magazine (done again
by Mattias Norén) as the whole story and
music was totally created as a sound movie. Mattias
made the whole story come alive making sure that
anyone missing some points will for sure understand
if having the magazine.
wanted to serve the fans even more and they came
up with another idea of filming the whole album
just to give the fans some input on how Mind’s
Eye works in the studio. No rehearsing and no pre
production, all arrangements on drums, keys, guitars,
bass and vocals where totally improvised in the
studio. The man for the job had to off course be
Lasse Niemeleä who had done excellent live
film work for bands such as Therion and Talisman.
This film was to show the main reason how and why
Mind’s Eye comes up with that unpretentious
sound the always deliver. Many secrets unveiled
here as Daniel and Johan explains how they went
about to record the album.
if this wasn't enough the band shot their first
professional video. Daniel searched for the man
for the job and they came up with Fredrik Englund
a freelance animator who had just came back to Sweden,
having success working the UK with TV series Captain
Scarlet. The song chosen was "Feed
My Revolver" and a great co-operation
between Fredrik and Daniel was born, one which will
open many doors for both artists.
this time Daniel moved Sound vs. Science studio
top a new area in Stockholm, a bit tired of the
music business he has now taking steps into pursueing
a career as a film score and game score composer.
He looks forward on to having many successful years,
while taking time off drumming (after recording
over 20 albums a year the last 4 years since 2002)
Daniel has proven his point and made a mark in the
business as a first call session metal drummer.
may 2006 label MTM asked the band to participate
on their annual MTM ballads release. The band contributed
with the song “The art of an angel”
a song written by Daniel Flores dedicated to his
late uncle and painter Yanko Flores.
Mind’s Eye sees no boundaries in the future,
being given free hands by Lion Music to create whatever
they like. They see many years ahead working with
lion Music and making sure that they always come
up with the most exiting and best work ever created
by the band, every time they go into the studio
to create something new, music from their hearts.
never know what they might come up with next so
better keep an eye on them. Your Mind’s Eye.