In my opinion, Kvelertak’s debut album is one of the best albums of the decade. Blending black metal with big rock riffs, it sounded like Turbonegro on even more speed, or Converge covering KISS. The band’s sophomore album, Meir, was more of the same, which makes sense, considering that it’s title is Norwegian for “more.” And while it was a solid album for sure, it didn’t have the initial “whoa” factor. The band appear to be taking a slightly different tact for their third album, Nattesferd, due out May 13 on Roadrunner. Lead single “1985” was a riffy rocker supplemented by a bizarro video. It was a lot less manic than what we’d heard from the band so far.
Earlier today, Stereogum premiered “Berserkr,” another song of the band’s self-produced album. With the exception of the vocals, yelled in Norwegian, it’s also a little more straightforward and less black metal that what we’ve heard from the band. It’s still the kind of song that will have your head involuntarily bobbing. The band have been playing it in recent sets, so chances are if you catch them on their tour with Torche, you’ll be able to hear it.
Nattesferd is out on May 13th on Roadrunner Records and can be pre-ordered here.