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'Bruane Brenn'
(Roadrunner Records)

Jeff Kent

jeff kent

Kvelertak Bruane Brenn

The new song from Norway's Kvelertak seethes, clanks and rattles to life as if being awakened from hibernation and then explodes with the familiar road to a scream vocal. If you were worried that they'd sell out and exploit their more pop side, fear not. 'Bruanne Brenn' picks up right where they left off with their celebrated brand of aggressive yet catchy black and death Metal influenced Rawk.

This music just surges forward relentlessly and just when you think it will lose itself in the chaos, the chorus drops the melody right in your lap and you find yourself trying to sing along... then you realize you don't speak Norwegian. By then the verse had started again and you're just screaming anyway.

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On first listen I thought maybe this was more polished than their last release, but after going back and comparing the two I think the new material is more raw or at least captured better in the studio.

One of my favorite things about Kvelertak is that almost every song has a surprise in store and 'Bruane Brenn' is no exception. The bridge offers a bit of a breather and then slows even more to reveal a sweeping legato 80s sounding guitar solo that will undoubtedly have their audiences swaying their raised arms in unison.

They won't have long though, because the vocals come roaring right back like they did at the start.

I had an odd thought when hearing the galloping verse, melodic chorus and gruff vocals... I wonder if this is what Iron Maiden might have sounded like if Paul Di'Anno had stayed in the band... and started singing in Norwegian.

'Bruane Brenn' is available digitally starting March 3rd and their sophomore album 'Meir', produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire) will be released via Roadrunner Records on March 25th. Look for them on tour in the UK in March.

Tue 5th Mar - SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads
Wed 6th Mar - MANCHESTER Club Academy
Thu 7th Mar - SHEFFIELD Corporation
Fri 8th Mar - NEWCASTLE Academy 2
Sat 9th Mar - GLASGOW Stereo
Mon 11th Mar - BIRMINGHAM Academy 3
Tue 12th Mar - CARDIFF ClwbIfor Bach
Thu 14th Mar - LONDON Electric Ballroom

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