Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
Mattias IA Eklundh - Freak Guitar: The Road Less Traveled Review
by Dan Upton

.
Just in case the title "Freak Guitar" didn't clue you in to the insanity you are about to experience, here are some other things to take into consideration about Mattias IA Eklundh: he's on Steve Vai's label (Favored Nations), has a music collection ranging from gypsy and Kiss to Slayer and Miles Davis, and considers everybody's favorite musical weirdo Frank Zappa to be a major inspiration. And if the Vai connection doesn't lend enough credibility to his chops, he's played on tribute discs to Yngwie Malmsteen and Jason Becker.

That said, let's dig into the disc. The 23 tracks float mostly in the range of 2-4 minutes, but actually stretch from the 15 second "One-String Improvisation" to nine and a half minutes of "The Woman in Seat 27A." Incidentally, these two songs serve well as endpoints on the spectrum of the music as well: "One-String Improvisation" is little more than slightly musical noise, done purely for entertainment's sake; "The Woman..." is an atmospheric piece that kicks in the distortion with 2:30 left (perhaps to bring you out of the trance induced by the first 7 minutes) but uses a clean guitar tone for the solo throughout.

There's the bizarre "There's No Money In Jazz," which alternates from a ridiculous machine-gun riff to a goofy melodic groove; "Print This!" which, taking a cue from Pink Floyd, uses the sound of a copy machine as an intro rhythm; the token ballad with vocals, "Happy Hour," sounds like a slight nod to John Mayer sans poetic lyrics. There's also a hyperactive cover of "Smoke On The Water" where Mattias freaks out on his guitar to play the melody-purists need not apply, but it's entertaining if you're into instrumental music and experimenting. Speaking of hyperactive covers, Mattias also gives a nod to his Gypsy jazz inspirations and performs a version of the Django Reinhardt standard "Minor Swing."

The sheer weirdness of this disc will undoubtedly turn a lot of people off--not everybody can appreciate songs aptly titled "Difficult Person Music." On the other hand though, Mattias definitely has the chops and the compositional ability, and just chooses to have fun with it instead of taking the stereotypical shred route and connecting blazing run to blazing run. If you can appreciate technical skill, creativity, and a sense of humor, the only question left to ask is: are you willing to take the road less traveled?


CD Info and Links

Mattias IA Eklundh - Freak Guitar: The Road Less Traveled

Label:Favored Nations
Rating:

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review

.


.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced- Slipknot's Corey Taylor Announces Live Acoustic Release- Controversial Unedited Morrissey Interview Released-more

Day in Pop Harry Styles Becomes Last Minute Fill In Late Night TV Host- Kenny Chesney Rescued Over 250 Animals Abandoned After Hurricanes- Blake Shelton Appears On TV Special- more

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview

Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
The Screen Door superLOUD A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five thecopycat.biz Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter


New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!
.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!

 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.