CHRILLI WAHLGREN (FREAKS AND CLOWNS): “We Want To Cheer Up People, We Want To Tell Stories”

Swedish Power Metal That Will Keep You Up at Night

Founded by Astral Doors drummer Johan Lindstedt and locally known Swedish singer Chrilli Wahlgren, Freaks and Clowns released their self-titled debut album in 2019. The band describes their sound as Classic Hard Rock meets Power Metal. Freaks and Clowns are not a band quick to rest on their laurels. One year after their debut, the band will be releasing its follow-up, Justice Elite, on October 16, 2020 through Metalville Records. Metal Express Radio interviewed singer Chrilli Wahlgren.

Highlights include:

  • A track-by-track breakdown of their latest album Justice Elite
  • How personal experiences and fantasy movies influenced his lyrics.
  • How Freaks and Clowns were formed.
  • Producer Joachim Nordlund’s [interview] influence on the band’s sound.
  • The story behind the make-up.
  • The possibility of touring and what to expect visually.
  • Has Chrilli dabbled in other genres of music?
  • Does he require a day job outside of music?

Freaks and Clowns are:

Chrilli Wahlgren – Vocals
Johan Lindstedt – Drums
Ulf Lagerstrom – Bass
Mats Gesar – Guitar
Mathias Henrysson – Guitar

Band links:

Official Website


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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