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Culloden
By Fredrik Joachimsson
My Name is Fredrik Joachimsson from Sweden.

I formed my band Culloden in 2002, and we've been rehearsing since. Not a single show have we played yet!

I've worked hard to get the sound that I wanted, both on the CD's that I produce and with the guys that I play with!
Throughout these two years I believe I've changed a lot musically.

It started when my first keyboard player came onboard.

The style went from pure power-metal, like Stratovarius, Rhapsody to more progressive metal like Dream Theater, Symphony X, Pain of Salvation!
He taught me a lot about music theory, such as odd time signatures, how to handle it in a more realistic and theoretical way.

I took music lessons from age 13 to 16 and learned a lot of things there too but it was at a much more basic level!
So I'm very glad I met up with this great man on keyboards.

Unfortunately he's not in the band anymore but he did a lot of great work for Culloden and should take credit for it!
Today I have an another amazing keyboard player, David! He turns 20 this year and brings out the sound of good old traditional prog-tunes like Toto, Yes, Genesis.

The great and talented Mr. Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater really inspires him!

We also have a very talented drummer with us called Daniel. A very technical and controlled drum-player.
He turns 20 this year too. I'm glad to have such young, capable musicians in my group!
The second guitarist, Kristoffer is the one who brings out the heavy sound.

He's inspired by bands like Pantera, Fear Factory and Swedish Darkane!

The bass-player named Michael was the first man I discussed the idea of Culloden with!

I wanted to start a metal band and asked him if he was interested in making it become reality.
I recorded some songs at home and showed him and he was thrilled.
Later on we landed in a small rehearsing room in a village outside of Lund called Håstad where we began practising the songs together that I'd been recording at home.

After a long while, we're now feeling that we can present our songs in a more professional way and will soon be ready to do our first gig with Culloden!
That's going to be the most exciting day in my life, to show the crowd what this is all about!
Attitude, emotion, aggression, long adventures! Well, you cannot miss a heavy evening with Culloden! Just like the battle of Culloden in Scotland the year 1746!

May the force be with us!

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