Freak Kitchen

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Freak Kitchen
A medium sized concert stage 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
OriginGothenburg, Sweden
Years active1992–present
Past members
  • Joakim Sjöberg
  • Christian Grönlund

Freak Kitchen is an experimental rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1992.


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!".[1] The album "Land of the Freaks", which was released in late October 2009, features Indian inspiration and the band is also joined by the two Indian musicians V. Selvaganesh and Neyveli S Radhakrishna on several tracks.

The lyrics of Freak Kitchen often contain humor and criticism of capitalist society, conformity, racism and the attitude of major labels.

Frontman Mattias Eklundh has a reputation as a guitar virtuoso, acknowledged by Guitar Player Magazine [2] for instance, 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.[3]

Their album, Cooking with Pagans, was released in 2014, with the first single, "Professional Help" released in November.[4]

The 2018 album Confusion To the Enemy [5] contains a song with Swedish lyrics, called Så Kan Det Gå När Inte Haspen Är På (which roughly translates to That's What Happens When You Don't Take Precautions)



  • Mattias "IA" Eklundh – vocals, guitar (1992–present)
  • Christer Örtefors – bass guitar, vocals (2000–present)
  • Björn Fryklund – drums (2000–present)


  • Christian Grönlund – bass guitar, vocals (1992–2000)
  • Joakim Sjöberg – drums (1992–2000)



  • Appetizer (Thunderstruck Productions, 1994)
  • Spanking Hour (Thunderstruck Productions, 1996)
  • Freak Kitchen (Thunderstruck Productions, 1998)
  • Dead Soul Men (Thunderstruck Productions, 2000)
  • Move (Thunderstruck Productions, 2002)
  • Organic (Thunderstruck Productions, 2005)
  • Land of the Freaks (Thunderstruck Productions, 2009)
  • Cooking with Pagans (Thunderstruck Productions, 2014)
  • Confusion to the Enemy (Thunderstruck Productions, 2018)


  • Junk Tooth (1997)


  1. ^ "Freak Kitchen's Official webpage on the album Freak Kitchen". Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  2. ^ "Check Out Matthias IA Eklundh". Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  3. ^ "Fuel Great Indian Rock webpage". Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  4. ^ "Mattias IA Eklundh Interview August 2013".
  5. ^ "'Confusion To the Enemy' on Spotify". Retrieved 2019-01-15.

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