FREAKS AND CLOWNS – We Set The World On Fire

FREAKS AND CLOWNS - We Set The World On Fire
  • 8.1/10
    FREAKS AND CLOWNS - We Set The World On Fire - 8.1/10


Label: Metalville
Release date: January 28, 2022

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Three Times a Charm

Staying true to their concept and goal to pay tribute to 80s metal legends, Freaks And Clowns have completed their 3rd album in as many years and with the release of We Set the World On Fire, they are one notch closer to perfecting that goal. The band was founded by drummer Johan Lindstedt (Astral Doors) and singer Christer Wahlgren after the two met in a studio in Borlänge to exchange a few song ideas in 2017. Together they decided that influences of Classic Heavy Metal paired with modern sounds would be the path they wanted to take as a band. Bringing in members of Astral Doors bassist Ulf Lagerström and guitarist Mats Gesar made complete sense, with guitarist Mathias Henrysson (Chainwreck, ex-Cudfish) completing the solid lineup.

Full Throttle

Freaks and Clowns – We Set the World On Fire offers us 13 hard hitting songs that harken back to the early days of 80s Heavy Metal. Singer Christer Wahlgren is full blast right up until the last track, with vocals that remind of Blackie Lawless (Wasp) to Udo Dirkschneider (ex-Accept, U.D.O.), and even Tom Keifer (Cinderella) at times. The songs are all very driving, with a thumping rhythm section and twin guitars to deliver the goods. Lots of hooks, with big in-your-face choruses to bang your head to song after song make this album a good listen.

Final Notes

Freaks and Clowns have done a good job of making Heavy Metal that brings us back to the early days of the 80s, and in so doing gives us something to enjoy that’s new and old at the same time. Minor gripe: tracks 3 and 4 have the same tempo, beat and key, so maybe the order could have been a little better, but that’s what the shuffle button is for. With over 56 minutes of driving metal, We Set the World On Fire is a fine 3rd album, and a great raunchy Heavy Metal album to have in your collection.

freaks and clowns band photo


Christer Wahlgren – Vocals
Mathias Henrysson – Guitars
Mats Gesar – Guitars
Ulf Lagerström – Bass
Johan Lindstedt – Drums

We Set the World On Fire – Tracklist

01. Am I A Freak Or Just A Monster
02. We Set The World On Fire
03. When Evils Got A Hold On You
04. Hell Raising Woman
05. Scream Until You Like It
06. Dogs of War
07. Fight Fire With Fire
08. Dance of the Dead
09. One Last Ticket
10. Toxic
11. Children of the Night
12. Freaks of the Town
13. Heavens Calling My Name


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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