Freak Kitchen

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Freak Kitchen
A medium sized rockscene lit in many colors. In the left stands a longhaired guitarist on the right a bass player wearing an armystyle west and helmet. In the background are two drumkits with a drummer.
Freak Kitchen in 2008 at Great Indian Rock. In the left: Mattias Eklundh, in the right: Christer Örtefors and in the background Björn Fryklund.
Background information
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres Experimental rock
Comedy rock
Heavy metal
Progressive metal
Hard rock
Years active 1992–present
Labels Thunderstruck
Members Mattias IA Eklundh
Björn Fryklund
Christer Örtefors
Past members Joakim Sjöberg
Christian Grönlund

Freak Kitchen is an experimental rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1992.[1] Because of the high technical level of their compositions people[who?] sometimes[weasel words] refer to their style as progressive metal or progressive rock. Thus, they are highly experimental on composition.


Freak Kitchen's style of music is influenced by many genres besides the traditional heavy metal, ranging from jazz to pop. The band described their third album as "A corny little heavy-pop-rock-Latin-world-jazz-avant-garde-metal-blues-record straight from hell!".[2] The album "Land of the Freaks", which was released in late October 2009,[3] features a lot of Indian inspiration and the band is also joined by the two Indian musicians V. Selvaganesh & Neyveli S Radhakrishna on several tracks.

The lyrics of Freak Kitchen often contain heavy criticism against capitalist society, conformity, racism and the attitude of huge record companies.

Frontman Mattias Eklundh is widely known as a guitarist of high technical ability, and live shows often contain parts where Eklundh plays the guitar using several foreign objects such as a vibrating dildo. Eklundh has also released four solo albums, Sensually Primitive (1996) (under the pseudonym Mr Libido), Freak Guitar (1999), Freak Guitar - The Road Less Traveled (2004) and Freak Guitar: The Smorgasbord (2013).

They also co-headlined Fuel Great Indian Rock 2008 alongside Sahg and Satyricon.[4]

In a recent interview with Japanese music website "Muse on Muse", Eklundh mentioned that the new Freak Kitchen album, "Cooking with Pagans" will be released early 2014, with the first single, "Professional Help" dropping some time in November.[5]


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