It’s a damn shame that AC/DC might have written their last album with Brian Johnson in the band, but rock fans can rest assured know that their brand of straightforward rock and roll will continue to live on. For proof of that, look no further than “1985,” the first taste we’re getting of Kvelertak’s third album, Nattesferd. That’s Norwegian for “night traveller.”
This time, instead of using Kurt Ballou to produce, like their first two albums, they did it themselves. The song is streaming now on NPR, and instead of the barely-contained punk/hardcore sound of their first album, this is more along the lines of “Kvelertak” (the song) on their second album. Given the rock sensibility of the song (we also hear Thin Lizzy and Van Halen in it), you’d think it might be about the year in music, but it’s about living in a surveillance state:
Think of George Orwell’s 1984 instead of Taylor Swift’s1989. Its lyrics depict a cold and (not so) distant future where technology and surveillance have erased all forms of individuality and critical thinking. Needless to say, everything was better before — can somebody hit the rewind button already?
Nattesferd will be released on May 13th on Roadrunner. Pre-orders for the album will be available on April 8th. The band’s tour with Torche and Wild Throne begins on April 12th, and you can see those dates here.