Kvelertak Biography & News
Kvelertak puts a 'chokehold' on rock & roll (Created March 20, 2013)
Bare-chested, tattooed and most accurately depicting a renegade bunch of misfits, a six-piece band from Stavanger, Norway took the world by storm in 2011. Calling themselves Kvelertak (Norwegian for "chokehold"), they put a new spin on their own genre (and a few others) by incorporating black metal and punk into their rock & roll music. The result has been a sound that doesn't just come through your speakers, but punctures your eardrums and wraps them up in an insane cacophony of noise.
Kvelertak consists of vocalist Erlend Hjelvik, guitarists Vidar Landa, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad, bassist Marvin Nygaard and drummer Kjetil Gjermundrod. From out of nowhere they emerged with a self-titled debut album released in 2010 that merged genres and defied anyone looking to put a label on the group. Maybe it's because the lyrics were written in Norwegian, and supposedly deal with Norse Mythology and Viking Folklore. Whatever the reason, fans couldn't get enough of their in-your-face style.
By March 2011, Kvelertak had not only been featured in English music magazines like Metal Hammer, Kerrang and Rock Sound, they were also raking in the awards. The band was presented with two Spellemann Awards – a prestigious Norwegian music award similar to the American Grammy Award – for best Newcomer and Best Rock Band, and had played sold-out shows on two European tours.
The sophomore effort from the band, "Meir," is due on March 26, 2013 on RoadRunner Records (Sony Music Scandinavia). In support of the album the band has announced a North American tour that will begin in late April. The month-long trip will see them join forces with Canadian metal/hardcore crew Cancer Bats and Georgia trio Black Tusk.
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Top 10 Kvelertak Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|6||Sultans of Satan||32,196||10,025|
|7||Sjøhyenar (Havets Herrer)||30,851||9,480|
|10||Ordsmedar av Rang||25,357||8,479|
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Kvelertak Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/07/2014 Atlanta GA The Tabernacle 11/06/2014 Nashville TN Marathon Music Works 11/04/2014 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live 11/02/2014 Stroudsburg PA Sherman Theater 11/01/2014 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom 10/31/2014 Huntington NY The Paramount 10/30/2014 Providence RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 10/29/2014 Montreal QC Metropolis 10/27/2014 Syracuse NY The Lost Horizon 10/26/2014 Cleveland OH Agora Theatre 10/24/2014 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit 10/22/2014 Kansas City MO Uptown Theater 10/21/2014 Dallas TX South Side Music Hall 10/20/2014 Austin TX Stubbs BBQ 10/18/2014 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre 10/17/2014 Pomona CA Fox Theater Pomona 07/10/2014 Budapest BU A38 07/08/2014 Prague Incheba Arena Open Air 07/06/2014 Lindau Bavaria Club Vaudeville 07/05/2014 Graz Styria PPC 07/03/2014 Zurich ZH Rote Fabrik 07/02/2014 Milan Lom San Siro 07/01/2014 Rome RM Ippodromo Le Capannelle 06/20/2014 Clisson Loire-atlantique Val de Moine 06/09/2014 Copenhagen 147 Vega (with Neutral Milk Hotel) 05/17/2014 Philadelphia PA Electric Factory 05/16/2014 Columbus OH MAPFRE Stadium 05/16/2014 Worcester MA Worcester Palladium 05/15/2014 New York NY Terminal 5 05/14/2014 Brooklyn NY Saint Vitus 05/13/2014 Washington DC 9:30 Club 05/12/2014 Buffalo NY Town Ballroom 05/11/2014 Ottawa ON Mavericks 05/10/2014 Toronto ON Sound Academy 05/09/2014 Pittsburgh PA Stage AE 05/08/2014 Chicago IL Riviera Theatre 05/07/2014 Minneapolis MN First Avenue 05/05/2014 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 05/04/2014 Salt Lake City UT The Depot 05/03/2014 Las Vegas NV House of Blues Las Vegas 05/02/2014 Los Angeles CA Club Nokia 05/01/2014 Oakland CA Fox Theater 04/30/2014 Eugene OR Wow Hall 04/29/2014 Portland OR Roseland Theater 04/28/2014 Seattle WA Showbox SoDo 04/23/2014 Wolverhampton Wmd Slade Rooms 04/22/2014 Glasgow Glg Cathouse 04/21/2014 Manchester Msy Manchester Academy 3 04/18/2014 Leeds Yorkshire The Cockpit 04/17/2014 Sheffield Syk Corporation 02/15/2014 Oslo 03 Rockefeller Music Hall 01/23/2014 Oslo 03 Rockefeller Music Hall
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date city state venue 12/12/2013 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 12/11/2013 San Francisco CA The Regency Ballroom 12/09/2013 Portland OR Hawthorne Theatre 12/08/2013 Seattle WA El Corazon 12/07/2013 Vancouver BC Venue 12/05/2013 Calgary AB The Republik 12/04/2013 Edmonton AB The Starlite Room 11/30/2013 Minneapolis MN First Avenue 11/29/2013 Lawrence KS Granada 11/27/2013 Austin TX Mohawk 11/26/2013 Dallas TX Trees 11/25/2013 Houston TX House of Blues - Houston 11/23/2013 Sauget IL Pops 11/22/2013 Chicago IL Metro 11/20/2013 Columbus OH A and R Music Bar 11/19/2013 Pontiac MI Crofoot Ballroom 11/18/2013 Toronto ON The Opera House 11/17/2013 Montreal QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 11/16/2013 Cambridge MA Middle East - Downstairs 11/15/2013 New York NY Webster Hall 11/13/2013 Philadelphia PA Underground Arts 11/12/2013 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel 11/11/2013 Asheville NC The Orange Peel 11/10/2013 Atlanta GA Masquerade 10/19/2013 Aarhus ?? Fonden VoxHall 10/14/2013 Colmar C1 Grillen 10/13/2013 Paris ?? Le Divan du Monde 10/06/2013 Dresden Saxony Beatpol 10/05/2013 Nurnberg BY Hirsch Nurnberg 10/04/2013 Dortmund NW FZW 10/03/2013 Bremen Bremen Kulturzentrum Schlachthof 10/01/2013 Saarbrucken Saarland Garage 09/30/2013 Frankfurt Hesse Batschkapp 09/29/2013 Karlsruhe Baden-wurttemberg Substage 09/25/2013 Hamburg HH Reeperbahn Festival 08/06/2013 Oslo 03 Middelalderparken 06/21/2013 Scheessel Lower Saxony Eichenring 06/20/2013 Sankt Goarshausen Rhineland-palatinate Loreley Freilichtbuhne 06/19/2013 Eindhoven Dynamo 06/18/2013 Aarschot De Klinker 06/14/2013 Derby Derbyshire Donington Park 05/22/2013 Toronto ON Coda 05/21/2013 Montreal QC Les Katacombes 05/20/2013 Allston MA Great Scott 05/19/2013 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel 05/18/2013 Philadelphia PA Underground Arts 05/17/2013 New York NY The Studio at Webster Hall 05/15/2013 Nashville TN Exit In 05/13/2013 Austin TX Red 7 05/12/2013 Dallas TX Club Dada 05/11/2013 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 05/08/2013 West Hollywood CA The Roxy Theatre 05/07/2013 San Francisco CA Slims 05/05/2013 Vancouver BC Rickshaw Theatre 05/04/2013 Seattle WA El Corazon 05/03/2013 Portland OR Hawthorne Theatre 05/01/2013 Salt Lake City UT In The Venue 04/30/2013 Denver CO Larimer Lounge 04/28/2013 Lawrence KS Granada 04/27/2013 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry 04/25/2013 Columbus OH Ace of Cups 04/23/2013 Millvale PA Mr. Small's Funhouse 04/21/2013 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge 04/12/2013 Trondheim Byscenen 04/11/2013 Stockholm AB Debaser Medis 04/09/2013 Gothenburg Pustervik 04/04/2013 Bergen 12 USF Verftet 04/01/2013 Brussels Bru Ancienne Belgique 03/29/2013 Hamburg HH Knust 03/26/2013 Warszawa Hydrozagadka 03/14/2013 London London Electric Ballroom 03/12/2013 Cardiff Crf Clwb Ifor Bach 03/11/2013 Birmingham W Mids O2 Academy Birmingham 03/09/2013 Glasgow Rfw Stereo 03/06/2013 Manchester Dby Club Academy 03/05/2013 Southampton Sth Talking Heads
Kvelertak Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/08/2012 Stockholm Sto Annexet 11/02/2012 Austin TX Auditorium Shores 10/21/2012 Denver CO Marquis Theater 10/14/2012 Pittsburgh PA Altar Bar 10/09/2012 Oslo John Dee 08/17/2012 Ludinghausen North Rhine-westphal Flugplatz Borkenberge 08/16/2012 London London The Borderline 06/10/2012 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/07/2012 Manchester TN Manchester Farm