Kvelertak is a Norwegian heavy metal band from Stavanger, formed in 2007. The group comprises vocalist Ivar Nikolaisen, guitarists Vidar Landa, Bjarte Lund Rolland, and Maciek Ofstad, bassist Marvin Nygaard and drummer Håvard Takle Ohr. Founding member and lead singer Erlend Hjelvik left the group in 2018, being replaced by Ivar Nikolaisen. Most of Kvelertak’s songs have Norwegian lyrics, and their main influences are rock and roll and punk rock The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2010 and sold more than 15,000 copies in Norway. The second album, Meir, was released in 2013, followed by Nattesferd in 2016 and Splid in 2020. Splid was the band’s first album with Ivar Nikolaisen on lead vocals. Here are all of the Kvelertak albums ranked.
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4. Splid (2020)
“For me this is just an amazing return to form. I honestly had no idea and really couldnt tell myself they had a new singer till I saw it mentioned. I wasnt expecting to be blown away by the first few tracks after what a fragile and bleakly uninteresting disappointing men “Nattesferd” was for me. I know I’ve heard that one like 3 or 4 times and still couldnt recall a thing about it but it felt like it was struggling to find enough air to breathe.”
3. Meir (2013)
“More of that black ‘n’ roll stuff. These guys sound like nothing else I’ve ever heard and that is definitely a great thing here in 2013. Anyway, I find this to almost be on the same level as the debut, it’s just bloody excellent. Those riffs, the extremely high level of songwriting and musicianship…I can’t praise this enough. Man, two albums in and these guys are already one of the best bands going these days. I think only good things are ahead for them.”
2. Nattesferd (2016)
“Now this was something “alternative” when it comes to Kvelertak. There’s “basics” are in hard rock riffs, but at the same time the band blends in more brutal metal elements with some punky edge to it as well. Dark, massive and with a nicely bold sound.”
1. Kvelertak (2010)
“This is perhaps the best debut record I’ve ever heard. It presents itself flawlessly, issueing a statement from the get-go that these are the new kids on the block and they have come to fuck everyone elses shit up. The elements of hardcore, punk and black metal are fused to almost a perfect fit and by the time you get to Utrydd Dei Svake everything seems to make sense as your head is banging away and your skinny little fingers up the horns. For every fans of alternative attempts at a metal record this is benchmark release.”