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   FREAK KITCHEN
Move
2002
Thunderstruck Productions
http://www.freakkitchen.com


rating: 5/5

1. Propaganda Pie
2. Nobody’s Laughing
3. Snap
4. Humiliation Song
5. Razor Flower
6. Heroin Breakfast
7. Porno Daddy
8. Seven Days In June
9. Maggots Of Corruption
10. Hateful Little People
11. Logo
12. The Wrong Year
Freak Kitchen, the freaks from Sweden are back with their fifth album and this is probably the most solid of them all. What would be easy to describe as weird? Probably a red donkey drinking beer in an outhouse. And Freak Kitchen. After the first listen it was rather difficult to form an opinion about this album. The second made the album open up a little more and after the third one you’re either completely addicted or you should be institutionalized, or both. This odd trio offers metal riffs flavored with really catchy pop melodies and touches of funk, prog, punk and good old rock’n’roll. Although the prog factor is present, it should be said that Freak Kitchen’s approach is rather original. A comparison to a prog monster like Dream Theater wouldn’t be fair since Freak Kitchen’s prog-thing is based more on combining different styles and parts to a well functioning whole. The guitars change quite easily from groovy rock to really pounding metal to light poppish rock. Despite of all the oddities offered on this offering, some of the songs are structurally quite simple and seem to lean on the magical effect of a catchy chorus. And in Freak Kitchen’s case there are plenty of those. Still there are quite a few passages that aren’t from this world.

There has been some changes in the line up, but that hasn’t had a major impact since Mattias IA Eklundh remains as the main songwriter, who is also the guitarist and the singer of the band. And oh man, he is very good at what he does. If you have tendencies to insanity, you might think some of those weird sounds you hear are coming from inside your head, but trust me, they are Eklundh’s guitar solos and strange interludes. The solos are simply put insane idlywidly shredding, something totally different from the usual guitar wankery you hear on every other album. Freak Kitchen certainly, in all it’s greatness, is a band that way too few people even know exists. Just listen to songs like "Razor Flowers", "Heroin Breakfast", "Porno Daddy" and "Seven Days In June" and start planning how to get your jaw back together. When Freak Kitchen is concerned, expect anything.

submitted by Aleksi 21.05.2003

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