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Kvelertak

From: Stavanger, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Kvelertak Posts In-Studio Video

Kvelertak has released the first video from the band's recording session at Godcity Studios in Salem, Mass. with Kurt Ballou (Converge). Check out the clip below. The band recently commented on what's in store for the next album with the following: "All I can say is, this album is going to fuck the first album in the ass. Hard."

The band -- having previously performed at SXSW, as well as a short tour with Skeletonwitch last fall -- will be headed out for a first extensive U.S. tour this October alongside Converge and Torche. Nails, Coalesce, and Whips/Chains will also be performing on select dates which can be found listed below. More...

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Kverlertak Announces U.S. Tour

Norwegian act Kvelertak will return to the U.S. this fall to tour alongside Converge and Torche. Nails, Coalesce and Whips/Chains will perform on select shows as well. The band says:

"Converge brought us out for our first-ever European tour two years ago, so it's a great honor for us that they now are taking us out on our first proper U.S. tour! Not to mention the other bands, that line-up is ridiculous. Needless to say, we're beyond excited!"

The band also announced via Twitter that recording has begun for a new album, stating "First day at Godcity with Kurt Ballou. All I can say is, this album is going to fuck the first album in the ass. Hard."

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Kvelertak Performs New Song Live

Kvelertak played a secret show on October 21st at Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn, NY and Metal Injection has now posted footage online from the show with the band performing a new song. You can check out the clip below.


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More Bands Confirmed For Soundwave Festival 2012

Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.

Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."

A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...

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Soundwave 2012 Lineup Announced

Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.

Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.

A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...

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Kvelertak Tour Kicking Off Next Week

Norwegian blackened punk metal enigmas Kvelertak are set to kick off a short string of U.S. shows next week with co-headliners Skeletonwitch. The tour will commence on October 19th in Atlanta and steamroll its way through nine more cities. Zoroaster will also join in the festivities as direct support. The full itinerary is as follows:

10/19/2011 The Early – Atlanta, GA w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/20/2011 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/21/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/Skeletonwitch
10/22/2011 Rocks Off Cruise – New York, NY w/Skeletonwitch
10/23/2011 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/24/2011 The Summit – Columbus, OH w/Zoroaster
10/25/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/26/2011 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster, Gaza
10/27/2011 The Pyramid Schene – Grand Rapids, MI w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/28/2011 Belvedere’s – Pittsburgh, PA w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster

You can also check out Kvelertak's music video for "Blodtorst" by heading over to this location. More...

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Kvelertak Posts "Blodtorst" Video

Kvelertak has posted a music video online for the song "Blodtørst," which is taken off the band's self-titled album (reviewed here). You can check out the clip below.

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The Secret Replacing Trap Them On Tour

Southern Lord Recording has checked in with the following brief announcement about Trap Them dropping off the upcoming European tour with Kvelertak and being replaced by The Secret:

"With regret, we inform you that due to severe physical health issues, Trap Them are forced to cancel the European tour with Kvelertak. Trap Them will get replaced by The Secret... dates are posted here."

The details are as follows:

11/08/2011 Ole Bull Scene - Bergen, Norway
11/09/2011 Stavanger - Folken, Norway
11/10/2011 Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
11/11/2011 Samfundet - Trondheim, Norway
11/12/2011 Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
11/14/2011 Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
11/15/2011 Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
11/17/2011 Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
11/18/2011 Logo - Hamburg, Germany
11/19/2011 Underground - Koln, Germany
11/20/2011 Doornroosje - Nijmegen, Holland
11/21/2011 02 Academy 2 - Oxford, UK
11/22/2011 02 Academy 3 - Birmingham, UK
11/23/2011 The Speakeasy at Queens - Belfast, Ireland
11/24/2011 ABC - Glasgow, UK
11/25/2011 Roadhouse - Manchester, UK
11/26/2011 Underworld - London, UK
11/27/2011 Muziekodroom - Hasselt, Belgium
11/28/2011 Le Ferraileur - Nantes, France
11/29/2011 Le Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
11/30/2011 Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
12/01/2011 Abart - Zurich, Switzerland
12/02/2011 New Age Club - Roncade, Italy
12/03/2011 Szene - Wien, Austria
12/04/2011 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
12/05/2011 Exit Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Rep.
12/06/2011 Festsaal Xberg - Berlin, Germany
12/07/2011 Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/08/2011 Backstage - Munchen, Germany
12/09/2011 Hirsch - Nurnberg, Germany
12/10/2011 Sputnikhalle - Munster, Germany
12/11/2011 Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
12/12/2011 Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
12/13/2011 Kulturbolaget - Malmo, Sweden

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Skeletonwitch To Tour With Kvelertak

Thrashers Skeletonwitch have announced that it will be appearing alongside European eclectic metallers Kvelertak on a handful of dates across the United States this fall. The list of confirmed dates, cities and venues can be found below.

10/19 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10/20 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
10/21 Brooklyn, NY - Europa / CMJ
10/22 New York, NY - Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel / CMJ
10/23 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
10/24 Columbus, OH - The Summit
10/25 Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
10/27 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme

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Toxic Holocaust Adds On More Live Shows

Toxic Holocaust has added new Long Beach and Los Angeles dates to the band's current six-week North American headlining tour. The band has also added eleven Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland) dates to an upcoming European run this winter alongside Kvelertak, Trap Them and Wolves Like Us. The band's tour dates are as follows:

w/ Holy Grail, Krum Bums
9/06/2011 The Fire Escape - Sacramento, CA
9/07/2011 The Metro - Oakland, CA
9/08/2011 DiPiazza’s - Long Beach, CA
9/09/2011 The Shakedown - San Diego CA
9/10/2011 The Black Castle - Los Angeles, CA

w/ Kvelertak, Trap Them, Wolves Like Us
11/08/2011 Ole Bull Scene - Bergen, Norway
11/09/2011 Stavanger - Folken, Norway
11/10/2011 Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
11/11/2011 Samfundet - Trondheim, Norway
11/12/2011 Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
11/14/2011 Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
11/15/2011 Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
11/17/2011 Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
11/18/2011 Logo - Hamburg, Germany
11/19/2011 Underground - Koln, Germany
11/20/2011 Doornroosje - Nijmegen, Holland
11/21/2011 02 Academy 2 - Oxford, UK
11/22/2011 02 Academy 3 - Birmingham, UK
11/23/2011 The Speakeasy at Queens - Belfast, Ireland
11/24/2011 ABC - Glasgow, UK
11/25/2011 Roadhouse - Manchester, UK
11/26/2011 Underworld - London, UK
11/27/2011 Muziekodroom - Hasselt, Belgium
11/28/2011 Le Ferraileur - Nantes, France
11/29/2011 Le Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
11/30/2011 Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
12/01/2011 Abart - Zurich, Switzerland
12/02/2011 New Age Club - Roncade, Italy
12/03/2011 Szene - Wien, Austria
12/04/2011 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
12/05/2011 Exit Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Rep.
12/06/2011 Festsaal Xberg - Berlin, Germany
12/07/2011 Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/08/2011 Backstage - Munchen, Germany
12/09/2011 Hirsch - Nurnberg, Germany
12/10/2011 Sputnikhalle - Munster, Germany
12/11/2011 Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
12/12/2011 Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
12/13/2011 Kulturbolaget - Malmo, Sweden

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Kvelertak Posts New Music Video Online

Norwegian metal outfit Kvelertak has posted a new music video online for the song "Ordsmedar Av Rang." You can check it out below, courtesy of Metal Hammer Germany. The song comes from the group's self-titled debut album, which was released last year through Indie Recordings.

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Djevel Completes New Album, "Dødssanger"

Djevel, the band featuring T. Ciekals (ex-Ljå), E. Hjelvik (Kvelertak) and Mannevond (Koldbrann/Urgehal), have completed the recordings of their debut album "Dødssanger", which will be released on June 13, 2011.

Two raw mix versions from the album can now be heard at the band's Facebook page, MySpace, and Reverbnation or in the player below. More info is to be released on this release shortly.

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MetalSucks Fan Packs Available At FYE Stores

MetalSucks has their own fan pack containing a shirt and twenty song sampler coming to FYE stores everywhere. With this coupon, it's running at under $7.

Here's the tracklisting for the sampler.

1. Goes Cube - “Thunderheads” from In Tides And Drifts”
2. TesseracT - “Nascent” from “One”
3. Trap Them - “The Fact” from “Darker Handcraft”
4. Kvelertak - “Mjød” from “Kvelertak”
5. Napalm Death - “Diktat” from “Time Waits For no Slave”
6. Last Chance To Reason - "Temp Files" from “Level 2”
7. Deicide - “Into the Darkness You Go” from “To Hell With God”
8. Blackguard - “Firefight” from “Firefight”
9. As Blood Runs Black - “Resist” from “Instinct”
10. Thomas Giles - “Sleep Shake” from “Pulse”
11. Arch Enemy - “Beast of Man” from “The Root Of All Evil”
12. Believer - “Lie Awake” from “Transhuman”
13. Within The Ruins - “Red Flagged” from “Invade”
14. Triptykon - “Shatter” from “Shatter”
15. Nachtmystium - “Ruined Life Continuum” from “Addicts”
16. Novembers Doom - “Harvest Scythe” from “Aphotic”
17. Daath - “Deconstruction/Restoration” from “Daath”
18. Nevermore - “Emptiness Unobstructed” from “The Obsidian Conspiracy”
19. Pathology - “Code Injection” from “Legacy Of The Ancients”
20. Wretched - “My Carrion” from “Beyond The Gate”

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SXSW Music 2011 Day 3: Part 1

Friday, March 18th marked day three of SXSW Music. I attended the afternoon session entitled “Writing About Music in the Twenty Tens,” as it sounded like a great fit for what we do here. It was actually more geared toward the individual writer, but was applicable nonetheless. The panel of speakers had some prepared questions and discussed the need to learn multimedia and how writing professionally is a skill set in itself. Some of the examples about the latter were particularly interesting - writers get asked to do a wide range of things and the thinking is that rising to the challenge makes you a better writer. They also talked about saving your articles so that over time you’ll have enough material for a book or some sort, and discussed self publishing vs a book deal and how to find a good agent who works with your topic/kind of book (and recommended agentquery.com for searches).

There were two big day shows to choose from on this day: The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival at SXSW and MetalSucks’ “South by South Death.” I had planned to stop by the NEMHF before heading to the MetalSucks event. The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival was being held across the street from Emo’s in a tent. Being highly visible on the main strip, and featuring more well known bands, it was already packed and there was a line to get in - no special treatment for having a badge even. That made it a no-brainer to walk a block down the street to Headhunters to check out the MetalSucks event.

When I arrived, it had yet to start, but Meek Is Murder was setting up just minutes later. The main floor of Headhunters is not very big, especially if you don’t count the stage, sound board, and bar. I’d guess there’s about 15’ x 25’ of usable floor space. Meek Is Murder began playing to the dozen or so people there at the time. Their sound lies somewhere under the progressive hardcore umbrella. I liked the more progressive parts, as well as the occasional cool riff or groove, but was not a big fan of the screamy hardcore parts. But it was still an enjoyable half hour set anyway. More...

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Band Lineup Announced For SXSW Showcases

The lineups have been announced for the upcoming SXSW music showcases that will be occurring between March 16th - March 19th. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, March 16th

Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
Venue: Emo's
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 Ken Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

Thursday, March 17th

Thrasher/Impose Day Party
Venue: Scoot Inn [Outside Stage]
5:00pm - Trash Talk
4:00pm - Weedeater
3:00pm - Zoroaster
2:00pm - Liturgy
1:00pm - The Body

Full Metal Texas / BrooklynVegan Stage
Venue: Emo's [Inside Stage]
5:00pm - YOB
4:05pm - Trap Them
3:10pm - Hull
2:20pm - Kverlertak
1:35pm - Rwake
12:50pm - All Pigs Must Die
12:05pm - Goes Cube More...

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BrooklynVegan Announces Four Day Shows During SXSW

BrooklynVegan has announced four free shows over two venues with 32 bands in total. The details are as follows:

3/16 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN DAY PARTY
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 KEN Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

3/17 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES STAGE at FULL METAL TEXAS
12:05 Goes Cube
12:50 All Pigs Must Die
1:35 Kvelertak
2:20 Rwake
3:10 Hull
4:05 Trap Them
5:00 Yob

3/18 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES DAY PARTY
12:15 Owen Hart
1:00 Salvation
1:45 Kill The Client
2:30 KEN Mode
3:15 Cough
4:00 Magrudergrind
4:45 Gaza
5:30 Wormrot
6:15 Ringworm

3/19 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES DAY PARTY
12:20 Altaar
1:00 Castevet
1:45 Wolvhammer
2:30 Batillus
3:15 Grayceon
4:00 Deafheaven
4:45 The Body
5:30 Dark Castle
6:15 Tombs

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Kvelertak To Release Album In North America

Norwegian new-comers Kvelertak released a self-titled debut album in June of 2010 through Indie Records. The album was produced by Kurt Ballou and mixed by Alan Douches, with artwork by John Baizley and guest appearances by Hoest (Taake), Andreas Tylden (JR Ewing and Altaar), Ivar Nikolaisen (Silver), and Ryan McKenney (Trap Them)

"Kvelertak" will finally see its North American release on March 15th via The End Records. The North American edition includes six bonus tracks: live recordings of the songs “Fossegrim,” “Sjøhyenar (Havets Herrer),” “Blodtørst,” and “Mjød” from the BBC Sessions last year, as well as demo versions of “Ordsmedar av Rang” and “Utrydd Dei Svake.”

In celebration of the release, the band will embark on a string of U.S. dates with Weedeater and Zoroaster, as well making several appearances at this year's SXSW before returning home for another European tour (this time with Comeback Kid) and a trek to Australia. The currently announced dates are as follows:

3/05/2011 Scion Rock Fest - Pamona, CA
3/07/2011 Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/08/2011 Rotture - Portland, OR w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/10/2011 Monstros - Chico, CA w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/11/2011 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/12/2011 Ruby Room - San Diego, CA w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/14/2011 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster, Wildildlife
3/15/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/17/2011 Emo's Full Metal Texas - Austin TX [SXSW showcase]
3/17/2011 Prague - Austin, TX [SXSW showcase]
3/18/2011 Headhunter's South By South Death - Austin, TX [SXSW showcase]
3/19/2011 Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2010 Awards

The Grammys have been awarded, February is winding down, and we are officially late with our Best Of Year in Metal acknowledgments. So let's get to it. Like every year, I polled our diverse staff of metalheads to obtain their picks in several categories for 2010.

2010 was an interesting year in metal. Was it good? Yes. But not what one might expect at the outset. There were a lot of releases by big names, but most did not make the splash one would expect. Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquility, and Living Sacrifice all put out decent albums, but nothing too bold or worth raving over. 2010 was one more year removed from the fading metalcore trend; a year in which we could savor thrash's second life, and melodic death metal is still living strong. When the trendiest things are a return to thrash and technical metal (despite losing much of its death metal influences), that's not too bad from a metal perspective.

It's hard to say 2010 was a year for the underground to shine. The true underground bands rarely get widely noticed. But there were quite a few lesser known bands making names for themselves and grabbing their fair share of attention last year. Why is this? Is it a sign of a changing of the guard in light of the aging greats, and perhaps despite the thrash revival? It's hard to say, but personally, I discovered a lot of new bands that I thoroughly enjoy, so I am all for continuing along this path.

Let's get down to the details and talk about those bands that made 2010 a solid year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks for 2010. The staff picks include the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2010, Best Metal DVD of 2010, Best Metal Newcomer of 2010, Best Live Act of 2010, and Most Anticipated Release for 2011. More...

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More Bands Announced For Summer Breeze Fest

Aborted, As I Lay Dying, and Crowbar have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

In Extremo
Hammerfall
Hatebreed
Bolt Thrower
Tarja
Arch Enemy
As I Lay Dying
J.B.O.
Suicidal Tendencies
Kataklysm
Sodom
Caliban
Corvus Corax
Saltatio mortis
Marduk
Sonic syndicate
Primordial
Farmer boys
Hail of bullets
Turisas
Crowbar
Enslaved
Comeback kid
The haunted
Moonsorrow
Vader
Hayseed dixie
Destruction
Einherjer
Smoke blow
Neaera
Týr
Emil bulls
Witchery
Melechesh
Decapitated
Skeletonwitch
Devil sold his soul More...

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