Hailing from Norway, Kvelertak play a unique mix of punk and black metal welded together with some good old fashioned rock n’roll that will completely blow your brains out. They’re just plain fun to listen to, and their music begs to be blasted at full volume while driving down the highway. Their first album, which is self-titled, came out in 2010 but only made it across the ocean to be released here in March. It’s absolutely explosive from beginning to end – I dare you to try to remain still while listening to it. There’s so many different genres and elements in the mix here, it would be pretty hard not to enjoy Kvelertak’s blending & re-molding of them all into something fantasically new. Few albums I’ve listened to this year have carried the ferocity Kvelertak displays while retaining such a rich and genre-defying sound. Right now, they’re finishing up a US tour with Skeletonwitch and Zoroaster. Check out our chat with lead vocalist Erlend Hjelvik below.
This is your 2nd tour in North America, how’s it going so far?
What’s touring with Skeletonwitch and Zoroaster like?
Can you tell me about how Kvelertak came to be in the beginning?
Is there any moment that made you realize you’d reached a certain level of notoriety, that things were starting to get big?
You sing in your native Norwegian, what made you decide to do that?
Can you tell me about your lyrics? What themes do they follow?
I’m a huge fan of John Baizely’s artwork, the cover he drew for you guys is amazing. How did he come to do the artwork for your debut album?
Is there any particular reason why an owl seems to be a logo for you guys?
Your debut album came out in 2010 but was only released in the US in March. Do you have plans for a new album yet?
Your last album had a lot of collaborators from the Norwegian metal scene, do you think your next album will mirror that?
What’s up for you guys after this tour?