At around 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13, I connected by phone with Vidar Landa, one of Kvelertak’s guitarists. At that time he was just unloading the band’s the tour bus in preparation for a show at Underground Arts in Philadelphia. The fast-growing rock group is currently on tour with High On Fire – be sure to check them out live! The conservation below was all about the tour, vices, and recreation – check it out.
The release of Meir, the new album from Norwegian scrotes Kvelertak is a big deal. Actually, when I say a big deal, I mean a big deal in the rock world. In the rock world, the hype surrounding this record is akin to the sort of hype afforded to bands like the Deftones. Yes, we’re talking frothing mouth levels of excitement and, if you’ve seen the band ripping venues a new one or had any exposure to their raucous Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll, then it’s hard not to understand why.
The World Snowboarding Championship (WSC), in association with Andrew W.K.’s very own Santos Party House nightclub and concert venue, has confirmed that Andrew W.K., Kvelertak, Turbonegro and the Dropkick Murphys will be among the headlining musical acts to perform during the WSC 2012. This first ever World Snowboarding Championship will take place February 10th – 19th in Oslo, Norway and features the top athletes from around the world competing and attending, including Ty Walker (U.S.A.), Mark McMorris (Canada), Tyler Flanagan (U.S.A.) and Peetu Piiroinen (Finland). “Party Hard” super-star, Andrew W.K., is also the championship’s official rock & roll ambassador, and recorded the official theme song to WSC 2012, “Go Go Go Go”.
Today Noisecreep premieres the “Ordsmedar Av Rang” video from Norwegian newcomers Kvelertak. “Ordsmedar Av Rang” comes off the band’s self-titled, debut full-length unleashed in North America via The End Records on March 15. Originally released in Europe last June via Indie Recordings, the record continues to reap praise from critics and fans alike for its unique blend of punk, black metal, classic rock and blues elements.
This week on March 15th, Kvelertak brought their Norwegian blackened punk metal, with all its head banging and hair swinging goodness, overseas with the North American release of their self-titled album. Kvelertak have been nationally acclaimed, winning the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys, while “Mjød”, one of their singles, is pumped over BBC’s airwaves and getting much deserved love and recognition throughout Europe.