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Freak Kitchen

Formed: 1992
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Freak Kitchen News

Below is our complete Freak Kitchen news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Freak Kitchen Streaming "Mathematics Of Defeat"

Swedish trio Freak Kitchen is back with "Cooking With Pagans," the group's eighth and most frantic album to date.

The album is set for release on September 16th via Laser's Edge and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

The first single from "Cooking With Pagans," titled "Mathematics Of Defeat," can be heard below thanks to Decibel Magazine. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Professional Help
2. Freak of the Week
3. Sloppy
4. Goody Goody
5. (Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach
6. Private Property
7. Mathematics of Defeat
8. I Don't Want to Golf
9. Hide
10. Come Back to Comeback
11. Ranks of the Terrified
12. Once Upon a Time in Scandanaviastan More...

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Freak Kitchen Announces New Album

Swedish experimental metal act Freak Kitchen, featuring Planet Alliance guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh, has announced that the band's new album will be entitled "Cooking With Pagans."

The album will be issued on September 16th in North America via Lasers Edge Records, and this will be the band's first release in five years since 2009's "Land of the Freaks" (reviewed here).

Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, bringing in almost $150,000, a very ambitious animated video directed by legendary artist (and author of Blacksad) Juanjo Guarnido to the track "Freak of the Week" is in production by a world-class team of animators. The video will premiere at Comic Con in New York this October.

Freak Kitchen has always been a respected live act and for the first time the energetic live vibe of the band has been captured in the studio. With influences stretching from AC/DC to classical South Indian music the three Norsemen truly have a sound of their own. "Cooking with Pagans" offers eleven intense original songs plus a sophisticated punk pop version of the 1936 hit "Goody Goody" like you've never heard it before.

Mattias IA Eklundh commented: "You can expect a beefy rock album, freak style. I think that Cooking With Pagans finally has the sound and energy of Freak Kitchen live; the energy and rawness. It is anything but overproduced, stripped down, drums, bass and guitar. To the point."

The band will tour the world from November and the better part of 2015 to support the new release. The track listing for "Cooking With Pagans" is:

1. Professional Help
2. Freak of the Week
3. Sloppy
4. Goody Goody
5. (Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach
6. Private Property
7. Methematics of Defeat
8. I Don't Want to Golf
9. Hide
10. Come Back to Comeback
11. Ranks of the Terrified
12. Once Upon a Time in Scandanaviastan More...

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Textures To Headline Silence Festival III

Nepal's Silence Festival III is in the planning stages, which will be held on October 13th Saturday, 2012. So far, five international bands and two local acts have been confirmed. Dutch progressive metal band Textures has been announced as the headliner.

Here are the details so far:

Venue: Jawalakhel Football Ground, Kathmandu, Nepal.

For Booking RSVP to: +977 01 4437486, +977 9851118866, +977 9841873912.

Textures (Headliner) from Holland
Jindabaad from Nepal (Art Rock)
Almost Human from Switzerland (Metal)
Freak Kitchen from Sweden (Progressive Metal)
Near Death Condition from Switzerland (Death Metal)
4 Dead in 5 Seconds from Australia (Melodic Death Metal)
Rage Hybrid from Nepal (Metalcore)

Ticket pricees are Rs.500 for the early bird and Rs.600 at the gate. Ticket availability will be announced soon.

For more info, visit Silence Festival’s Facebook Page here.

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Freak Kitchen To Re-Release Back Catalog

The Lasers Edge is pleased to announce a release campaign of the entire Freak Kitchen back catalog, beginning with 2009's "Land of the Freaks." The following press release was issued about the re-releases:

"Although extremely popular around the world, access to Freak Kitchen's music in North America has previously been limited to expensive imports through specialist dealers. Europe's best kept musical secret is a secret no more!

"Freak Kitchen is a progressive power trio consisting of three renowned virtuoso musicians: Mattia "IA" Eklundh (guitar/vocals), Christfer Ortefors (bass), and Bjorn Fryklun (drums). The band was formed by IA in 1992 and since then they have conquered audiences around the world with their high energy performances.

"The members of the band are road dogs, performing constantly as Freak Kitchen and individually as clinicians. Freak Kitchen 's music is an amalgam of styles - equal parts hard rock, heavy metal, and progressive rock blended together with a healthy dose of Zappa-esque humor. Land of the Freaks features quite a bit of inspiration from Indian music and finds the trio joined by two guest musicians - V. Selvaganesh and Neyveli S Radharkrisha. More...

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Haken Announces Show With Freak Kitchen

Haken has issued the following announcement about performing with Freak Kitchen at the Camden Underworld:

"We are very happy to announce that we will be playing at the Camden Underworld, in support of the mighty Freak Kitchen, on the 12th of November. We are extremely honoured to share the stage with these guys, it promises to be a great night. If for some strange reason you're unfamiliar with their music, check out their Myspace page, prepare to be blown away. We hope to see some of you there!"

The upcoming Haken live shows are as follows:

10/9 2010 SUMMER'S END 2010 Lydney, Gloucester, UNITED KINGDOM

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Freak Kitchen To Embark On U.K. Tour In The Fall

Swedish rockers FREAK KITCHEN will finally be hitting the U.K. for their first full tour in September/October.

Led by über-guitarist Mattias "IA" Eklundh, FREAK KITCHEN will start the tour in Cardiff at The Point on September 27. Support on the dates will come from U.K.-based outfit TORTILLA ARMY.

Sep. 27 - The Point - Cardiff, UK
Sep. 28 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, UK
Sep. 29 - Liquid Rooms - Edinburgh, UK
Sep. 30 - T.B.A
Oct. 01 - T.B.A.
Oct. 02 - Hard Rock Cafe - Leeds, UK
Oct. 03 - Pressure Point - Brighton, UK

For more information, go to www.freakkitchen.com.

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All-Star Performance, Bands For ProgPower USA VII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.

Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.

Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.

Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.

ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via progpowerusa.com.

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Green Carnation Announce European Tour

Green Carnation have announced that they will be play in France for the first time ever with an appearance at the 9th annual prog/rock/metal festival, Raismes Festival, on September 9th. Green Carnation's drummer, Tommy Jackson had the following to say about the festival: "We have been waiting a long time to play in France, and we’re delighted to be invited to the festival. It will be a great start to what promises to be a good tour for the band."

Other bands featured are Freak Kitchen, Adagio, Andromeda, Watcha, and others. Raismes Fest will take place at Le Château de la Princesse d'Arenberg park on September 9 and 10. Following the show in France, the band will take part in the European Harvest Festival tour. Also appearing on the bill are headliners Tristania, Morgana Lefay, Machine Men, Deranged and one more as-yet-unannounced band. Dates are as follows:

September 10 - Paris, FRA @ TBA
September 11 - Essen, GER @ TBA
September 12 - Berlin, GER @ TBA
September13 - Hamburg, GER @ TBA
September 14 - Erfurt, GER @ TBA
September 15 - Leipzig, GER @ TBA
September 16 - Prague, CZR @ TBA
September 17 - Wien, AUT @ TBA
September 18 - Munich, GER @ TBA
September 19 - Pratteln, SWI @ TBA
September 20 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ TBA
September 21 - Frankfurt, GER @ TBA
September 22 - Strasbourg, FRA @ TBA
September 23 - Antwerpen, BEL @ TBA
September 24 - Hardenberg, NETH @ TBA

This will be Green Carnation's first European tour since 2003.

Green Carnation has a track entitled, "Pile of Doubt," from 2005's "The Quiet Offspring" which is featured on the recently released popular baseball game franchise, Major League Baseball 2K6.

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