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    Imagine a musical frontier with no boundaries, no limitations, no restrictions.......

    Imagine a musical frontier with no boundaries, no limitations, no restrictions. Allow us to unveil that very record---Freak Guitar-The Road Less Traveled, a new Favored Nations release by Swedish guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh. It's a six-string tour-de-force of insane explorations of sound that consistently presses the musical envelope. Crammed with 23 jaw-dropping tracks, all displaying Eklundh's imagination, seasoned versatility and fiery virtuoso technique, Freak Guitar-The Road Less Traveled is like nothing you've ever heard before. "The thing I'm most proud of with the album is I gave the record time," remarks Eklundh. "I think time is the key word for trying to break new ground. That's what it's all about. I'm influenced by the same guitar players as everybody else but I tried to walk the road less traveled, to grow my own mustache so to speak. I'm from Sweden and I do everything backwards. I'm left handed and I use no effects whatsoever. The guitar itself contains so many sounds you can use. I have very liberal ears and I wanted to make a listenable, unorthodox party CD."

    The critical praise for the record has been unanimous with Eklundh enjoying five-star reviews from British publications, Kerrang and Guitar Techniques. UK Guitarist raves: "Eklundh's ear for melody is spot on, even during his most avant-garde moments, and an insane cover of "Smoke on the Water" is just the tip the iceberg. Faster than Malmsteen, smoother than Michael Lee Firkins and, dammit, better than Vai - this is undoubtedly the future of this style of guitar playing".

    Blessed with a limitless musical imagination, Freak Guitar-The Road Less Traveled, Mattias IA Eklundh's second solo release, resonates with the sound of an artist comfortable in his own skin. This record isn't a shredder guitar wank fest. Instead, Freak Guitar succeeds because it's packed with great, and memorable songs. "Of course there are tons of guitar licks on the record, "says Eklundh. "But I really believe it's a guitar record for people who actually like different kinds of music. You don't have to be a guitar nerd to dig it. The star of the record is the songs. It's even more important in guitar instrumental music to frame your songs, make it easy for everyone to listen to and not just be a platform for showing off."

    Hailing from Sweden, he first began playing guitar at age 13, finding inspiration in the work of musical non-conformists, Frank Zappa and KISS. His love of 'left of the dial' mavericks profoundly impacted his own artistic direction. "I'm not a musical snob. My record collection is one big mess of gypsy jazz, Zappa, KISS, Miles Davis, and Slayer among many others. Zappa and KISS were my main guys and are still inspiring to me. They were unconventional with what they did and were in many ways opposites of each other, hi-fi, low-fi. Zappa was all abut the humor, the enormous skills, and the complexity of his music while KISS was just a sledge-hammer and I love both. That duplicity of sounds, approaches and philosophy has heavily influenced how I write and record music."

    Besides his solo work, which includes 1999's Freak Guitar, and numerous sonic explorations with his group, Freak Kitchen, Eklundh's innovative guitar work has been heard on such records as Guitar Odyssey-A Tribute To Yngwie Malmsteen and Warmth in the Wilderness-A Tribute To Jason Becker. He's also created several guitar instructional DVDs for the Japanese market including "Hyper Freak Exercise" and "Super Virtuosity."

    Opening with an arpeggio of notes, "The Road Less Traveled" finds Eklundh in prime gunslinger mode, capturing the listener with shards of incredible guitar dexterity and impeccable choice of notes. Following the majestic title cut comes "There's No Money In Jazz"--think Slayer meets Steely Dan in a dark alley. The musical fisticuffs are framed by speedy, high velocity guitar firepower and machine-gun drums punctuated by some tasty and lean jazz licks. Shifting gears, the melancholy feel of "Father", a song Mattias dedicated to his late father, Bernt, brings down the volume, torrents of nimble acoustic guitar imbue the blue heartbreak of this extraordinary song. "I think putting a purely emotional song like 'Father' on the record ultimately makes the album even more powerful for the listener. It's all about dynamics and working on different layers within a song."

    Covering one of hard rock's most enduring classics, "Smoke On The Water" is a treacherous proposition for even the most seasoned musician. Yet Eklundh's up for the challenge, turning the song on its ear, reinventing this quintessential metal masterpiece. "I can't believe I actually had the nerve to cover 'Smoke On The Water' (laughs). That's the song a guitar player should never cover. But my neighbor, a fifteen-year old kid, heard it for the first time and played it for me insanely loud and I rediscovered it. I said, 'maybe it'll be cool to try and imitate the phrasing of the vocals with my guitar and use plenty of natural harmonics'. It was tricky to do but I'm very happy with how it turned out. I was doing promotion for the album in France and they played it at a disco and old and young people were dancing like crazy to it. They didn't really care about the flashiness of the guitar playing, they just wanted to have a good time."

    Ultimately, the 23 tracks comprising Freak Guitar-The Road Less Traveled will take you on a musical trip you'll never forget. Eklundh lets his freak flag fly, proving that sometimes the path for blissful guitar enlightenment lies in the trail a little to the left of the road. "I think there's really something for everyone on my record. You just have to listen to it with an open mind and open heart."

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    Default Mattias IA Eklundh – Freak Guitar

    Mattias IA Eklundh – Freak Guitar - Growing Your Own Moustache Vol. 1!
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    Freak Guitar - Growing Your Own Moustache Vol. 1!

    From the Freak Guitar Camp archives comes a double download tuition album called Freak Guitar - Growing Your Own Moustache Vol. 1. Having received tons of e-mails and questions over the years from dedicated guitar players wondering where to get backing tracks to practice to IA decided to dig deep in the vaults and pick the best, nastiest, most challenging camp tunes for a beefy collection of wild songs that will keep your fingers busy for a long time to come. There is one version of every track with guitar, as IA plays it (CD 1), and one without for you to jam to; "grow your own moustache" so to speak (CD 2). Along each song comes a PDF-file to print. The music is written down in both traditional notation and tablature. There is also a CD-cover available for print and an A4 back and front and back page that you can use for the notation.

    You get to learn odd time signatures, monstrous tuplets, loads of tapping, picking, string skipping, harmonics, wild riffs, reduction, finger picking, arpeggios, exotic modes and then some. Not for the squeamish.

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    If anyone is interested in checking this out I can send it over MSN or AOL messenger or yousendit.

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