Where and when:
- Friday 2 December, Sound Control, Manchester
- Saturday 3 December, Corporation, Sheffield
- Sunday 4 December, ABC 2, Glasgow
- Monday 5 December, Electric Ballroom, London
Kvelertak, meaning ‘chokehold’ in Norwegian, combine black metal with elements of punk and classic rock and roll, and has managed to create a band that is at once accessible and wildly innovative. Perhaps that’s why the band has such a varied fan base, including the likes of Metallica front man James Hetfield and Norwegian crown prince Haakon.
Kvelertak, meaning ‘chokehold’ in Norwegian, are currently working on the follow up to 2013’s brilliant album Meir, and we can hardly wait. Combining black metal with elements of punk and classic rock and roll, Kvelertak has managed to be a band both instantly accessible and exceedingly innovative. Perhaps that’s why the band has such a varied fan base, including the likes of Metallica front man James Hetfield and Norwegian crown prince Haakon.
Since 2007, the Stavanger band has produced three albums to critical acclaim both in Norway and abroad. Their self-titled debut was certified gold by the IFPI, and got them named iTunes’ 2011 US ‘Metal Breakthrough Artist of The Year’. Pitchfork described them as having a “monolithic walls of adrenal-gland-strangling sound,” – and let’s not forget Kerrang!, who humbly called them “the most exciting new band on the planet.” Meir, their second effort, was equally euphorically-recieved. Its lead single Bruane Brenn got Steregym particularly excited: “It’s a total blast of riffs, adrenaline, football chants, and guitar solos, and in its four minutes, you get five decades of rock ‘n’ roll, compressed into one massive speedball hit.”
The band’s most recent album, Nattesferd, was released in May this year. Expect to hear a wide array of material at the upcoming gigs in Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow and London.