Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Sweden

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Mattias IA Eklundh biography
When a young MATTIAS IA EKLUNDH saw FRANK ZAPPA at the age of 11, the then drummer's passion for music was forever changed. EKLUNDH then dropped out of school at the age of 13 to study the art of guitar playing.

EKLUNDH's believes is music is first and foremost a blissful showcase of guitar music, but also believes that there is something for everyone in his first two solo albums Freak Guitar and Freak Guitar: The Road Less Travelled. Along with those two solo albums, MATTIAS IA EKLUNDH has been the creative guitar force behind FREAK KITCHEN.

MATTIAS IA EKLUNDH's solo albums are highly reccomeneded for fans of FREAK KITCHEN and anyone who enjoys blissfull guitar music in a variety of styles. EKLUNDH's Freak Guitar albums have been described as "Slayer meeting Steely Dan in a dark alley".

EKLUNDH has also been a guest musician for the likes of SOILWORK along with performing on YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and JASON BECKER tribute albums.

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3.85 | 4 ratings
Freak Guitar
3.91 | 4 ratings
Freak Guitar - The Road Less Travelled
0.00 | 0 ratings
Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord

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 Freak Guitar by EKLUNDH, MATTIAS IA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.85 | 4 ratings

Freak Guitar
Mattias IA Eklundh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars It was the time that MATTIAS I'A EKLUNDH in 1999,sould take a little break with his band FREAK KITCHEN and to do a solo album full of all his frenzy and crazy guitaristic ideas,because he is a monster of technique and has an unique style,that blow away even maestro STEVE VAI himself,which proudly signed the mad Swede to FAVORED NATIONS!Vai went personally to Sweden and got his signature after he listened the demo tapes of the album,he was fascinated by such crazy ideas-definitelly something totally innovative and fresh! A little madness like RON THAL-aka BUMBLEFOOT , sometimes DWEEZIL ZAPPA clues too, ,a rabid and frenzy speed and an unique guitar tone!Musically speaking,it's 200 % influenced by ZAPPA and that's why STEVE VAI got a crush for this incredible talented musician!Simple and short songs,a programmed drum machine and all the guitaristic ingredients and samples,sounds are in the hand of MATTIAS,which is stunning!This album is 100 % the fruit of one single man...and that's amazing!TIME TO BREATH with it's more than 10 minutes timing is an untypically EKLUNDH sound with it's cool and calm atmosphere,it's relaxed and quiet,but after that a new avalanche will start!Just take a look at the titles of the tracks and you'll realise the big guitaristic and compositional torment that is in the head of the author!Really crazy and very,very innovative!Prepare to discover a new guitaristic technique,a personal sound effect and crazy,crazy,crazy rhythms!It sounds like cartoons sometimes,we have the feeling of a crazy pursuite,a musical Buggs Bunny of crazyness ,varied rhythms and changing tempos that give the listener the feeling of an acrobatic guitaristic extravaganza! Impossible to choose a particular song,a representative one,all are at the same level,a high one-technically speaking!EKLUNDH became worldwide known after this experience .he made also a brilliant album with monster bass JONAS HELLBORG and came recenly back with a new product of his band FREAK KITCHEN! 4.5 STARS for a new milestone in instrumental guitar focused albums!


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 Freak Guitar - The Road Less Travelled by EKLUNDH, MATTIAS IA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.91 | 4 ratings

Freak Guitar - The Road Less Travelled
Mattias IA Eklundh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Tapfret
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4 stars The Name says it all

Sub-genre: Extreme/Technical Metal (loose fit)
For Fans of: Steve Vai, Zappa, Spastic Ink, New and unusual ways to abuse a guitar
Vocal Style: Instrumental except one song
Guitar Style: Primarily very warm Hard Rock to Metal tube distortion. Clean breaks with no effects beyond wah pedal. Eklundh uses tons of whammy and slides in conjunction with harmonics for solos. He also does some rather unique percussive things with his guitar.
Keyboard Style: Few and far between, 80's mono sound used in Fletch theme cover and occasional bass.
Percussion Style: Straight forward rock set, occasional programming, guitar beating, and..beatboxing (mouth drumming)
Bass Style: Picked, occasional synthed
Other Instruments: Horns in one song, Epson Printer, "Gorf" video game, weather, crowd noise

Summary: Guitarists, especially those considered metal guitarists have been doing solo album ad nauseum for years. Very few set themselves apart, the usual is to span 40-45 minutes with 9 or 10 songs of very basic verse chorus verse chorus bridge/solo verse chorus structure. Mattias IA Eklundh is not one of those guys. 23 pieces in nearly one hour of music. Here and there we hear the familiar structure, but Eklundh strays from the conventional early and often. Even the seemingly simple becomes exciting. Everything in life is musical to him. Even the tedious start up sequence of a desktop printer has a rhythm that fits Mr. Eklundh's twisted designs. He keeps few secrets either. The liner notes explain in detail the method and madness to each of his compositions on "The Road Less traveled". Odes to other musicians, family, video games and perhaps the must technically insane cover of "Smoke on the Water" grace the album. The motif is usually light hearted and comical with occasional spurts of seriousness. There seems to be considerable effort to maintain flow and not let his technical genius become overbearing.

Final Score: Brilliant work, a worthy addition to any progressive collection. Short of being a masterpiece though, 4 stars.


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