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Release date: 25 March 2013
Style: Blackened hardcore, Punk


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01. Åpenbaring
02. Spring Fra Livet
03. Trepan
04. Bruane Brenn
05. Evig Vandrar
06. Snilepisk
07. Månelyst
08. Nekrokosmos
09. Undertro
10. Tordenbrak
11. Kvelertak

The Best Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore Album Of 2013


Erlend Hjelvik - vocals
Vidar Landa - guitars
Bjarte Lund Rolland - guitars
Maciek Ofstad - guitars
Kjetil Gjermundrød - drums
Marvin Nygaard - bass

Session musicians
Ashley Rose Redshaw - backing vocals

Additional info
Recorded at Godcity studios in Salem, Massachusetts, August-September 2012. Produced and mixed by Kurt Ballou.
Mastered by Alan Douches at WWSM.
Art by John Dyer Baizley.

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It's pretty amusing when people try labeling black metal bands/fans as elitist, because these days that stereotype of the genre's bands and followers as striving to maintain that "trve and kvlt" attitude falls pretty easily when one just looks at the facts. In the past decade, black metal seems to have been branching out in all possible directions, incorporating seemingly any potential influences into the core of its traditional formula. Further testament to this increasing evolution comes in the form of Norway's Kvelertak, whose sound can best be described as some strange blackened pop punk of sorts. So as a disclaimer: if you're one of those people that think the aesthetics of black metal all boil down to corpsepaint, howling to the moon in ancient forests, and anti-Christianity, you'll probably want to go elsewhere. Otherwise, if you're someone like me who absolutely loves the ever-increasing creativity of the genre, then please continue.

published 29.03.2013 | Comments (18)

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Boxcar Willy - 20.04.2012 at 05:17  
  Yes yes and more yes.
s7mon - 13.05.2012 at 19:40  
  Can't fucking wait.
Paz - 21.01.2013 at 18:26  
  New track from forthcoming album:

Sentenced Odiin - 19.03.2013 at 08:34  
Rating: 9 Listening right now to the streamed album and it is very impressive and asskicking (: |m|
Paz - 19.03.2013 at 12:38  
  Not so divine as debut, but quite pleasant listen.
moe5512 - 24.03.2013 at 00:25  
  On my first listen now, really good I must say, don't know yet if it's as good as the debut
DelightfulJim - 28.03.2013 at 19:48  
Rating: 9 Nothing that will re-invent the wheel, but it has the same charm as the debut, so it's worth a listen to pretty much anyone in my books.
qlacs - 28.03.2013 at 23:10  
Rating: 8 Good riffs, not as glorious as the debut but still a Kvelertak album. To me the weakest thing is the mixing became too bland...
Unhealer - 28.03.2013 at 23:26  
Rating: 7 Don't know if better, but it's more partier And I agree the mix is not really convincing, strange thing considering Ballou took care of it.
Gelati - 09.05.2013 at 20:57  
Rating: 9 This isn't really an album you break down the intricacies of (that's not to say there aren't any as the hybrid of styles is uncanny and very well executed). "Meir", much like their debut, is just good old-fashioned, ass-kicking fun. It's infectiously catchy, brutal at times, but most importantly it's just a blast to listen to. Roll around town with the windows down and a few buddies rockin' out to this shit and you'd be appreciating it at its fullest. I'm usually rather "high brow" in my taste but this shit is just too fun not to enjoy :-) Can't wait for the shitshow thats gonna be Kvelertak and Cancer Bats!
NocturnalStalker - 02.07.2013 at 18:23  
Rating: 8 No other band manages to mix hardcore punk, hard rock and black metal in one melting pot to provide such a fine (and fun!) music. I liked their debut a bit more, but it might have been for the feeling of novelty. "Meir" didn't give a slap in the face, but this fact didn't prevent me from taking a great pleasure from listening to this album.
BloodJuNkie - 03.08.2013 at 21:26  
Rating: 10 This album should be one of the "Top 20 albums of 2013"
Kuroboshi - 23.08.2013 at 16:50  
Rating: 8 Well, the last three songs were pretty meh, but apart from them, really excellent! Not as good as the debut though. Just love that first song: "Kvelertak!!!"
AngelofDeth - 06.03.2014 at 02:38  
Rating: 7 Definitely a step down from their amazing debut. Still a good listen but just doesn't have the magic of the first album.
Troy Killjoy - 21.05.2014 at 22:54  
  Haven't heard such a catchy, upbeat album like this in quite a while. Åpenbaring gets me every time; such a fun track.
telephonebear - 24.12.2014 at 23:38  
Rating: 8 Three long tracks are amazing, first and last tracks are super fun, then theres spring fra livet, evig vandrar... god this albums good.

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