Norwegian punks Kvelertak have shared a second track from their upcoming new album Splid, which is set for release on February 14th via Rise Records. The track, “Crack Of Doom” features Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and is one of the first songs performed by the band in English. The group have also released the official video for the track. The video is directed by the award winning and renowned Norwegian stills photographer and music video director Stian Andersen. Stian has been a part of the Kvelertak circle for many years, having also directed their previous videos for “Kvelertak” and “Bronsegud”.

Check out the official video for “Crack Of Doom” here:

Kvelertak comment, “Ever heard of the Maya Apocalypse? Johannes Stöffler? Harold Camping? Are you afraid that the religious leaders, scientists, or the doomsday preachers may be right? Have no fear! They were all wrong. But now, KVELERTAK has come to prophesize Ragnarok, straight into your heart and soul. The Crack of Doom shines on us all!”

About Troy Sanders being featured on “Crack of Doom”, they add, “We sent Troy a demo of the song because there were a couple of parts we felt would fit his voice very well and lift the song. Luckily he liked the track and was keen to do it. He got some scratch vocal tracks and some guidelines but was free to do it however he wanted. What we got back was even better than what we could hope for. We’re extremely proud to have him featured on this song, and with Troy being American it felt natural to just do the whole thing in English.”

The long-awaited, fourth studio album Splid is the first from the band since 2016’s Nattesferd and is also the recorded debut of their new singer, Ivar Nikolaisen, who joined the group in 2018. The album was recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Code Orange, Zeal & Ardor, Every Time I Die, Dillinger Escape Plan, High On Fire) at Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts.

KVELERTAK state, “Splid (‘discord’ in English) is a deep dive into western gluttony, our own stupidity, and the abyss of the earth. Working with Kurt again has been amazing and we’re extremely happy with the production. We’ve pushed ourselves to the edge this last year – musically, physically, and mentally. The result is one hour of catchy riffs, punk rock, and heavy metal influenced by a world in discord to accompany our way towards Ragnarok.”

Last month, the band shared first new song ‘Bråtebrann’, also taken from ‘Splid’, which was highlighted as a Track Of The Week on The Guardian’s website. Listen to it on YouTube here.

Splid Track Listing:

01. Rogaland
02. Crack of Doom (featuring Troy Sanders)
03. Necrosoft
04. Discord
05. Bråtebrann
06. Uglas hegemoni
07. Fanden ta dette hull!
08. Tevling
09. Stevnemøte med Satan
10. Delirium tremens
11. Ved bredden av Nihil

In March 2020, KVELERTAK will return to the UK for headline shows in Manchester, Bristol, and London, bringing with them special guests Planet Of Zeus and Blood Command.

Tour Dates:

21/02 – STAVANGER – Folken
22/02 – STAVANGER – Folken
26/02 – COPENHAGEN – Amager Bio
27/02 – BREMEN – Schlachthof
28/02 – HAMBURG – Gruenspan
29/02 – COLOGNE – Essigfabrik
01/03 – LUXEMBOURG – Rockhal Club
03/03 – PARIS – Le Trabendo
04/03 – KARLSRUHE – Substage
06/03 – LEIPZIG – Conne Island
07/03 – BERLIN – SO36
08/03 – KRAKOW – Kwadrat
10/03 – BUDAPEST – Durer Kert (Main Hall)
11/03 – VIENNA – Szene
13/03 – PRAGUE – Meet Factory
14/03 – MUNICH – Backstage Werk
16/03 – PRATTELN – Z7
17/03 – WIESBADEN – Schlachthof
18/03 – HAARLEM – Patronaat
20/03 – MANCHESTER – Academy 2
21/03 – BRISTOL – SWX Bristol
22/03 – LONDON – Electric Brixton
25/03 – OSLO – Rockefeller
26/03 – BERGEN – USF Verftet
27/03 – ALESUND – Terminalen
28/03 – TRONDHEIM – Samfundet
30/03 – HELSINKI – TavastIa
31/03 – TAMPERE – Pakkahuone
02/04 – STOCKHOLM – Debaser
03/04 – MALMO – KB
04/04 – GOTHENBURG – Pustervik

Here’s another taster from Splid (which you can pre-order here) in the form of “Bråtebrann”:


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