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2nd December 2011

Jeff Kent

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Kvelertak means Stranglehold in Norwegian and that's just what they have on me at the moment. I'm a new music junkie and will check out just about anything if the suggestion comes from a trusted source. Saw these guys mentioned on Ye Olde Facebooke yesterday by the good folks at The End and went a listenin'. The brief description said they mixed Punk with Metal and my first thought was that it did indeed sound like Gallows singer Frank Carter fronting a band like Kylesa.


There's a little bit of everything in the first track... a heavy groove, hardcore mob vocals, black Metal screaming and guitars, Norwegian lyrics, but even with all of that going on you can still tap your foot to it.

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Track two leads off with a Sham 69 type intro before locking into a classic Death n Roll cadence. But what I like about these guys is their ability to throw you off with an unexpected break like the two second solo guitar at 1:28. It's just enough time to catch your breath or pause with your foot above the ground before stomping the next downbeat. 'Fossegrim' has an equally cool prog break at 1:22 and some straight up old-time rock n roll guitar soloing. This is a really fun record.

There are cool melodies all over the place and the way the songs are arranged allow each one to shine in a different way. Some are rhythm based deep pocket chugs and others are just pretty (yeah, I said pretty) guitar lines. Peeking out now and then you'll hear an acoustic guitar or a piano exposed by peeling back the crushing wall of sound. The next time you listen to that track you'll find yourself trying to dig the subtle parts out from under the din.

About halfway through the album you'll convince yourself that they're singing in English... either that or suddenly you understand Norwegian. Everything flows so easily it tricks you into thinking you can understand what's going on. But if pressed to explain you'll just stutter like an idiot and say, "OK, I have no idea what they're saying but I LOVE it!"

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the gorgeous John Baizley (Baroness) cover art, so there I mentioned it.

The US release from The End Records contains six bonus tracks not available on the original European release.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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