Kvelertak – Kvelertak
Originally released in June, 2010, Kvelertak see’s its North American release in March on The End records, complete with a few bonus live tracks. The album was recorded early last year by super producer Kurt Ballou.
This is a hardcore record that is heavily influenced by black metal, southern sludge and stoner rock. The three pronged guitar attack creates a heavy, riff fueled wall of sound, why the bass and drums back it up with a tight, almost groovy rhythm section. The music ranges from straight ahead punk to Moterhead styled rock to southern sludge, all while progressive elements abound. The vocals are mostly in a high pitched screaming growl, with the occasional clean vocal and any of the chorus’ are done as a group effort with clean harmonies. Lyrically, it’s all in Norwegian, but regardless of what they’re saying, its obvious they are having a good time.
This is really a fun record, it’s a hardcore record that grooves with its black n’ roll heart, I just wish I had heard it when it first came out last year.