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Kvelertak

From: Stavanger, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Kvelertak News

Below is our complete Kvelertak news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Roadrunner Records Releases Summer Sampler

The Roadrunner Records Summer Sampler is now online: head over to Noisetrade here to download your free copy. The track listing is as follows:

1. Stone Sour - 'House of Gold & Bones'
2. Killswitch Engage - 'A Tribute To The Fallen'
3. Trivium - 'Through Blood And Dirt And Bone'
4. Gojira - 'The Axe'
5. King 810 - 'Fat Around The Heart'
6. The Amity Affliction - 'Pittsburgh'
7. Theory Of A Deadman 'Drown'
8. WeAreHarlot - 'Denial'
9. Black Stone Cherry - 'Me and Mary Jane'
10. Marmozets - 'Why Do You Hate Me'
11. Dream Theater - 'The Enemy Inside'
12. The Devil Wears Prada - 'Sailor’s Prayer'
13. Heartist - 'Pressure Point'
14. Kvelertak - 'Kvelertak'
15. Opeth - 'Cusp of Eternity' More...

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Exodus Playing Rock On The Range

The Rock On The Range festival will bring the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and many more to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 16, 17 & 18.

To guarantee that festival-goers will experience true, blistering heavy metal during this monumental weekend, Bay Area thrash legends Exodus are also confirmed to bring on the brutality, Saturday, May 17th!

Gary Holt states, “Exodus is super fired up to announce our participation in the year’s Rock On The Range! It’s our honor to share the stage with so many amazing artists and we will do our best to see to it that shit hits the proverbial fan when we take the stage!”

The full lineup consists of: More...

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High On Fire Adds More Tour Dates

The previously announced Scion A/V presented High On Fire tour, which sees the California power trio joined by Norwegian crew Kvelertak, has added an additional twelve dates to the incendiary extravaganza with newly announced stops in Boston, Toronto, Chicago and San Francisco, amongst others.

As part of the tour, High On Fire will release a new single titled "Slave The Hive" on October 16th, marking the first new music from the California metal champions since the spring 2012 release of "De Vermis Mysteriis." A limited edition 7-inch will be available at all tour dates with a video for the song to be released simultaneously.

Kvelertak will open all dates, while Doomriders (Nov. 10 to 23), Pack of Wolves (Nov. 25-27), and Windhand (Nov. 29 to Dec. 12) will be featured as the evening opener on different legs of the tour. More...

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High On Fire Announces North American Tour

Scion A/V presents High on Fire's North American tour, which kicks off November 10th in Atlanta at The Masquerade and runs through mid-December, wrapping up in Los Angeles on December 12th.

As part of the tour, High on Fire will release a new single titled "Slave The Hive" on October 16th, marking the first new music from the California metal champions since the spring 2012 release of "De Vermis Mysteriis." A limited edition 7-inch will be available at all tour dates with a video for the song to be released simultaneously.

Norwegian sextet Kvelertak will open all dates. Doomriders (Nov. 10 to 23), Pack of Wolves (Nov. 27) and Windhand (Nov. 29 to Dec. 12) will be featured as the evening opener on different legs of the tour. More...

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Kvelertak Checks In From New York

When Kvelertak came to New York recently, the band took time out to get tattooed and drink exotic beer in Brooklyn.

Check out the clip below to see the Kvelertak members talk about their ink, reveal some of the worst things they've ever drunk, and more.

For more Kvelertak, you can also check out the band's recently released self-titled music video at this location.

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Roadrunner Records Offering Free Sampler

Roadrunner Records is currently offering a 10 track digital sampler album as a free download. You can get the tracks over at Amazon.co.uk here. The track listing is:

1. Absolute Zero Stone Sour
2. Black Tongue Mastodon
3. Bruane Brenn Kvelertak
4. Witchtripper Down
5. Live It Up Airbourne
6. Anastasia Slash
7. White Trash Millionaire Black Stone Cherry
8. In Due Time Killswitch Engage
9. Ghost Walking Lamb Of God
10. Chaos Lives In Everything (feat. Skrillex) Korn More...

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Kvelertak Drummer To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Kvelertak is current on tour in the U.S. and the band has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a fill-in drummer on the road:

"Our drummer Kjetil has been having trouble with his arm and was unfortunately unable to continue our ongoing North America tour. He left home for Norway yesterday to get treatment so that he doesn't permanently damage his hand, which would suck so much balls.

"But, we were lucky to get an awesome replacement in Jay Weinberg (Against Me, Madball, E-street) who learned all the songs and played an amazing set yesterday in Seattle. Kjetil is a hard drummer to replace, but Jay might just be the best replacement imaginable. Thanks Jay!!

"So, the tour will continue as planned, and tonight is our first show ever in Canada! Vancouver, Rickshaw Theatre to be specific. Come down and rage!!" More...

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Kvelertak Releases New Music Video

After releasing a music video for "Månelyst," Kvelertak has now released a new video clip for the band's self-titled track. This new video was directed by Stian Andersen and filmed on location in London, Cologne, Paris, and Oslo. Check it out below.

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Just For Fun

Kvelertak Ranks The Best Of The Worst Beer

Metal Injection checked in with Kvelertak to discuss beer in Norway and the States. Watch the clip at this location or through the player below. Metal Injection also comments:

"Kvelertak are from Norway, and they definitely know how to drink beer, so we decided to do a taste test of some of the worst/cheapest beers in America including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Keystone Light, Miller Genuine Draft, Coors Light, Bud Ice and Bud Light Lime. Watch the video to learn which is the Best Worst Beer and which is the Worst Worst Beer."

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Kvelertak Posts Track-By-Track Video

Kvelertak's second album (and Roadrunner Records debut), "Meir," will be available everywhere March 26th and to herald its release, vocalist Erlend Hjelvik and guitarist Vidar Landa have released a two part track by track video series discussing each song.

In Part 1, the band discusses "Åpenbaring," "Spring Fra Livet," "Trepan," "Bruane Brenn," and "Evig Vandrar," which can be viewed below. Kvelertak will release Part 2 tomorrow. You can also watch the band's music video for "Månelyst" at this location.

Catch Kvelertak on the North American "Meir" tour this spring, kicking off April 21st at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge (tour dates available after the jump). More...

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Kvelertak Posts New Music Video

Kvelertak has posted a new music video online for “Månelyst," which can be viewed below courtesy of the RoadRunner Records YouTube channel. The following press release was also issued about the video:

"Directed by Fredrik Hana, 'Månelyst' captures the director’s adoration for horror films which was only amplified by Kvelertak’s blistering riffs. 'Månelyst' is featured on the band’s hugely awaited forthcoming album, MEIR, which arrives everywhere on March 26th.

"Meir follows Kvelertak’s break out self-titled album which garnered the band critical praise around the world. Produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Torche), Meir marks an indisputable milestone for Kvelertak and sees the band melding breakneck energy, tight rhythms, and consistently inventive hooks to enter a sonic territory all their own." More...

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Kvelertak Streaming "Meir" Album Online

Kvelertak has premiered the band's forthcoming Roadrunner Records debut, "Meir," over at Stereogum. Stream the full album at this location.

"Meir," which arrives March 26th, features the single, “Bruane Brenn” and is the follow-up to the band’s break out self-titled album. Roadrunner Records also comments:

"Produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Torche), 'Meir' marks an indisputable milestone for Kvelertak. Tracks such as 'Evig Vandrar' and the brutal 'Nekrokosmos' see the band melding breakneck energy, tight rhythms, and consistently inventive hooks, riffs, and melodies to construct a distinctive sonic universe all their own. 'Meir' – which features cover art by Baroness’ John Dyer Baizley – is currently available for pre-order on the iTunes Store and via the official Roadrunner Records webstore. Furthermore, Kvelertak have unveiled details of a major North American headline tour deemed, 'Meir Tour - North America 2013' which kicks off April 21st at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge." More...

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Kvelertak Streaming New Song Online

NPR is now streaming the song “Spring fra Livet,” a brand new track off of Kveletak’s new album "Meir." Check out the song at this location. "Meir" arrives everywhere on March 26th.

Kvelertak recently unveiled details of a major North American headline tour. The spring trek celebrates the Norwegian rock band’s Roadrunner Records debut "Meir" and kicks off April 21st at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. Dates are available below. More...

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Kvelertak Announces North American Tour

Kvelertak has unveiled details of a major North American headline tour deemed, “Meir Tour – North America 2013.” The spring trek celebrates the Norwegian rock band’s Roadrunner Records debut, "Meir," and kicks off April 21st at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. "Meir" arrives everywhere on March 26th.

The upcoming tour will see Kvelertak accompanied by a lineup that includes Cancer Bats and Black Tusk. A number of additional dates will be revealed in the coming days. Kvelertak is: Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitars), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitars), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass), and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums).

* w/Black Tusk only
** w/Cancer Bats only More...

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Kvelertak Releases New Music Video

Kvelertak's new music video for the "Bruane Brenn" single has now been made available online. U.S. fans can check out the clip via Stereogum here while U.K. viewers can catch the premiere at Metalhammer.co.u.k. here.

The single comes off the band's new album "Meir," which will be available everywhere March 26th, 2013 and has the following track listing:

1. Åpenbaring
2. Spring Fra Livet
3. Trepan
4. Bruane Brenn
5. Evig Vandrar
6. Snilepisk
7. Månelyst
8. Nekrokosmos
9. Undertro
10. Tordenbrak
11. Kvelertak More...

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Kvelertak Working On New Music Video

Kvelertak has shot a new video for the single "Bruane Brenn," which comes off the band's upcoming Roadrunner Records debut "Meir." The video will be released soon, and the band has now posted a photo teaser from the clip, available below.

"Meir" will be available everywhere March 26, 2013 and has the following track listing:

1. Åpenbaring
2. Spring Fra Livet
3. Trepan
4. Bruane Brenn
5. Evig Vandrar
6. Snilepisk
7. Månelyst
8. Nekrokosmos
9. Undertro
10. Tordenbrak
11. Kvelertak More...

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Kvelertak Reveals New Album Artwork

Kvelertak has revealed the cover art to the band's upcoming album "Meir," created by John Dyer Baizley of Baroness, who also did the cover for Kvelertak's self-titled debut. "Meir" will be available everywhere March 26th, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. The "Meir" track listing is as follows:

1. Åpenbaring
2. Spring Fra Livet
3. Trepan
4. Bruane Brenn
5. Evig Vandrar
6. Snilepisk
7. Månelyst
8. Nekrokosmos
9. Undertro
10. Tordenbrak
11. Kvelertak More...

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Kvelertak Signs With Roadrunner

Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the signing of Norwegian adrenaline-pushers of heavy rock and roll, Kvelertak. The band will release sophomore album, "Meir" (which means “more” in Norwegian), produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, on March 26th, 2013.

The first single, “Bruane Brenn,” will be available on iTunes beginning February 5th, 2013 and will be available as an instant download when you pre-order the album. An exclusive CD/T-shirt bundle will also be available that day at the Roadrunner Records webstore.

Dave Rath, Senior Vice President of A&R at Roadrunner Records says of the signing, “Every decade or so, hard rock and heavy metal gets a well-deserved kick in the ass. Kvelertak is the band to do just that. These guys remind us that rock music should truly affect us. Roadrunner is proud to deliver Kvelertak to a world waiting for a musical awakening. If this band doesn't get your heart racing, then you don't have one.”

Look for North American tour dates to be announced soon. Kvelertak is Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitars), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitars), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass) and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums). More...

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Kvelertak Performs New Song Live

Footage has been posted online of Kvelertak performing a new song live on the Norwegian music show Lydverket. Check out footage of the band playing "Spring Fra Livet" in the player below. The track will appear on the band's new album "Meir," which is due out this coming March, 2013.

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Kvelertak Announces New Album Release

Norwegian act Kvelertak has announced the new album "Meir" is due out this coming March, 2013 with a specific release date to be announced. The band has also now posted the following track-by-track of the release online:

ÅPENBARING: A feather clad man breaks into your skull. He has such sights to show you!

SPRING FRA LIVET: When the walls of life are closing in, you best run for the hills!

TREPAN : Trepanning is a surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled into the human skull, releasing evil spirits.
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