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Album Review

Just when you think every possible rock & roll subgenre has already been mixed, matched, and spliced with every other available subgenre beyond any conceivable alternative, along comes a band like Kvelertak to set you straight. The Norwegian sextet's eponymous debut essentially weds punk rock to black metal, taking the straightforward power chords and infectious simplicity of the former and dashing its brains against the petrified forest symbolizing the latter's remorseless attack and harsh vocals (all of them spewing Norwegian lyrics, to boot). The resulting hybrid, as exemplified by thunderous ditties like "Mjød," "Fossegrim," "Offernatt," and "Sultans of Satan," simultaneously encourages listeners to pogo around the room (sh*t-eating grins permanently plastered on their faces) and slaughter a goat to Belial (in a manner of speaking) — all the better if they're ambidextrous enough to handle both tasks at once. The members of Kvelertak certainly are, as proven by the blastbeat-infused "Ulvetid," "Nekroshop," and "Liktorn"; and then there's the remarkable "Ordsmedar Av Rang," where the group somehow rolls Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, and Mayhem into one blood-raw steak sandwich. In many ways, Kvelertak provide a natural progression for their compatriots Turbonegro, taking that group's tongue-in-cheek homoerotic/satanic glam rock to the next stage of musical, if not necessarily visual, extremity (Kvelertak being rather regular-looking blokes). Time will tell whether these new kids on this block shall prove anywhere near as creatively exciting and reliable in the long run, but this self-titled first effort sure promises much, and easily sits among 2010's most enjoyable extreme metal albums. Honestly, evil has rarely sounded this much fun.

Customer Reviews

Who says great metal has to have English lyrics?

Kind of a surprise on this one - took a look at the song titles and wondered why this was in the Metal category. Hit "Preview" and it soon became quite clear!!

Straight forward metal, but I'd say with a real punk influence - these fellows were obviously fans of the buzzsaw guitar sound that Johnny Ramone created, and that's not a bad thing in my books.

Unexpectedly good find, and who cares if I couldn't tell you how to pronounce the song titles, this one is a solid pick if you like your metal hard and fast.

it's awesome

I'm not a fan of metal, I'm not a fan of black, I'm not a fan of death, but I'm a fan of Kvelertak. Seriously the best heavy thing I've heard since AC/DC.

Amazing

Only flaw is that it's not english but it's catchy.

It's impossible to get out of your head even if you don't know what it is.

Biography

Formed: 2007 in Stavanger, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Norwegian "black 'n' roll" sextet Kvelertak ("Chokehold") was formed in 2007 in Stavanger, Norway's third city and home to several popular gothic metal bands. Kvelertak's sound could not have been more different, however. Fusing the raw punk 'n' roll sound pioneered by the likes of Turbonegro with the harsh, shrieking fury of black metal was not a new idea — it had already been done with great success by fellow Norwegians Satyricon — but this was arguably the first time it had been attempted...
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