Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2011 / 2017 / 2019


Black Metal




The Norwegians from Kvelertak - ‘Stranglehold’ in English - are somewhat of a curiosity on the metal scene. They draw inspiration from the most diverse genres: black metal, industrial metal, blues, punk, garage rock, grunge, alternative rock, death metal, … the list goes on. Adorned with artwork by Baroness’ John Baizley, their self-titled debut ‘Kvelertak’ (2010) raised eyebrows across the globe due to the variety of influences. The songs are always fun and their infectious lust for life is one of the reasons why their live shows are so memorable. Apparently even Norway’s crown prince Haakon is a big fan. Kvelertak describe themselves as a rock ‘n’ roll band more than anything else so the rock vibe on their most recent outing ‘Nattesferd’ (2016) is no surprise. While they lack the flair for the dramatic that typifies other Norwegian bands and while the Norwegian lyrics make it all but impossible for the fans to sing along, Kvelertak gigs are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X5Nd_9u-G8adrenaline-fuelled affairs that get the crowd moving. Meanwhile Ivar Nikolaisen inherited the mic from Erlend Hjelvik but don’t’ worry: he’s just as hyperkinetic and eccentric as his predecessor. (#GMM19)