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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 »

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 Mars… More »

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 »

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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…
Michael Nelson | January 20, 2014 - 12:52 pm

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,…
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…
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…
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…
Wyatt Marshall | May 21, 2013 - 6:09 pm

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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": …
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…
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,…
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…
Stereogum | March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am