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Watch Kvelertak Perform At Norway’s Spellemann Awards

At next Sunday’s Grammy Awards, some past-their-prime act (choose from: Anthrax, Dream Theatre, Black Sabbath, Volbeat, and Killswitch Engage) will take home the award for Best Heavy Metal Performance. Presumably that award will be given out during a non-televised segment of the ceremony, and none of those bands will even be in the room for… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 20, 2014 - 12:52 pm

The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013

In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven’s Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch’s 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is the best metal album of the millennium (so far), the apotheosis of what had also been, I believed, the best metal year of the millennium (so far) — perhaps a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 10, 2013 - 10:33 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Kvelertak – “Snilepisk” Video

The incredible Norwegian black ‘n’ roll maniacs Kvelertak are about to head out on a North American tour with Oakland-based pirates/rock gods High On Fire, and they’ve appropriately dropped a new video to coincide with the tour’s kickoff. “Snilepisk” is from Meir, the outstanding album released by Kvelertak back in March, and the Mads Maurstad-directed… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 1, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Kvelertak – “Evig Vandrar” Video

Norwegian black ‘n’ rollers Kvelertak recently announced a monster North American tour with the almighty High On Fire, and in conjunction with that announcement, they’ve released a new video for a song from their fucking awesome early-2013 self-titled sophomore album. The clip is a really cool cartoon that was pretty evidently inspired by the Tuske… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 18, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2013

In its 12th year, Øya Festival brought another diverse set of artists to Oslo’s Medieval Park over four days last week. Among the performers were Blur, the Knife, Kraftwerk, Kendrick Lamar, Slayer, Beach House, James Blake, Cat Power, Grimes, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Rodriguez, Kvelertak, Disclosure, HAIM, Iceage, Phosphorescent, and many more. Check out… More »

By: Stereogum / August 14, 2013 - 10:45 am

Kvelertak @ The Studio At Webster Hall 5/17/2013

Words like “party metal,” and “beer metal” come to mind when talking about Kvelertak, Norway’s black ‘n’ roll export, but a more accurate descriptor would be “sweat metal.” Or, if we we’re really going for accuracy, “fluid metal,” because it wasn’t just sweat that was soaking the stage and crowd at the Kvelertak show o… More »

By: Wyatt Marshall / May 21, 2013 - 6:09 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

You know this was a good week for music videos when 4Minute made a K-pop video with dancing zombies in it, one where they fight the dancing zombies by spraying hairspray at them, and it didn’t even crack my top five. The videos that did crack my top 5 are below. Enjoy. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 3, 2013 - 10:42 am

Kvelertak – “Kvelertak” Video

Like Bad Company and Minor Threat before them, balls-out Norwegian metal ragers Kvelertak have named an absolutely kickass song after the band itself — an always-appreciated way of laying out exactly who the band is, of making a mission statement. Weirdly, the song doesn’t appear on the band’s 2010 self-titled debut but on Meir, it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Win A Kvelertak Prize Pack + NYC Afterparty Details

We’ve written a lot about Kvelertak over the last month or so — Tom named their new album, Meir, Album Of The Week a couple weeks back, and I shared some of my thoughts on it here, when we streamed the record. I haven’t crunched the requisite numbers to make any sort of definitive statement,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 11, 2013 - 11:40 am

Album Of The Week: Kvelertak Meir

I love a lot of underground metal, but I’m a pretty bad underground metal fan. Underground metal, less a scene or even a single genre and more a vast interconnected web of global subcultures, doesn’t exist as a monolitic whole. But the people who are really into it, including our own Michael Nelson, often prize… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2013 - 4:51 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Increasingly, this is a weird column to write, since the list of things that fall under “music video” parameters includes big-budget extravaganzas, weird little no-money larks, clips of people’s kids, stitched-together performance footage, barely-disguised product-placement commercials, and bits of barely-edited stock footage. Since all of these things can be pretty great on their own term… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 22, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Kvelertak – “Månelyst” Video (NSFW)

Around this corner of the internet, Michael has long been touting the Norwegian metal band Kvelertak, and with good reason; their combination of big, dumb hooks and all-out speed-freak mayhem is a seriously good time. The band’s new album Meir has already yielded one fun-as-hell video, the “Sky’s The Limit”-esque “Bruane Brenn,” and now there’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Stream Kvelertak Meir (Stereogum Premiere)

Outside of maybe Ghost (now Ghost BC) and/or Deafheaven, no heavy band’s sophomore album comes this year with more anticipation or conversation than Meir, from Norwegian black ‘n’ roll band Kvelertak. (It was on our list of 2013’s most anticipated albums.) The album’s terrific first single, “Bruane Brenn,” only further stoked that excitement, but MeirMore »

By: Michael Nelson / March 18, 2013 - 11:04 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

A whole mess of great videos this week, from some unexpected places as well as the expected ones. When Flatbush Zombies release an excellently hallucinogenic rap video about dropping liquid acid in your orange juice and then hitting the bodega and showing off the skull in your gold fronts — usually my personal sweet spot… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 8, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Kvelertak – “Bruane Brenn” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

As I said a couple weeks ago, when we first heard Kvelertak’s “Bruane Brenn“:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 5, 2013 - 11:08 am

Kvelertak – “Bruane Brenn”

Kvelertak’s forthcoming sophomore album, Meir, made our list of 2013’s 50 Most Anticipated Albums, and it would be in the single digits of my own personal list. The Norwegian black ‘n’ roll band’s self-titled 2010 debut was one of the most exciting “heavy” albums of the last decade, mixing D-beat punk, black metal, classic rock,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 22, 2013 - 11:31 am

Fun Fun Fun Fest: 10 Must-See Sets Plus Nite Highlights

Starting sometime today, and growing tomorrow, some 20,000 people will converge on Austin, TX for Fun Fun Fun Fest. If you’re not one of them, you have every right and reason to be very, very jealous. Now in its seventh year, FFF is presenting one of the strongest bills in recent memory: Over three day… More »

By: Stereogum / November 1, 2012 - 1:40 pm

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in the decrepit climate of 2011? Does anyone actually get discovered at SXSW? What’s the point of signing to a label? What happened to that taco truck on Red River near… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am