Kvelertak
Meir


4.2
excellent

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
March 22nd, 2013 | 287 replies | 40,663 views


Release Date: 03/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More everything.

Known dubiously in some circles as "hipster-metal", Kvelertak draws from a broad palette of influences. Maybe this multifaceted approach lends to the chagrin of dedicated, sub-genre obsessed acolytes; the liberal infusion of hardcore and black metal with classicist hard rock riffing brings a much-needed injection of variation to some otherwise well entrenched genres. But no matter which direction they sway, the Norwegian six-piece does nothing but embrace the essence of fun-loving punk rock. As many reviewers have already stated in spades, Meir is the penultimate soundtrack to a drunken Viking nightclub (hypothetically preceeding the rampage and conquest oriented death metal of Amon Amarth).

The Scandinavian winter is so harsh that entire subgenres of depressive metal were penned in these territories; the very orbit of the Earth even works against the populace with seasonal affective disorder in a region where the suicide rate is relatively high. But instead of imagining concepts that fall into the very same tropes of bleak and cold metallic atmospheres, Kvelertak transcends these barriers by emulating the pure joy of spring's great thaw in Meir. "Spring Fra Livet" sheds the common compositional conceptions of black metal by completely foregoing minor key tonality in favor of a major key based structure, in turn reveling in its epic nature while forcing a smile on even the most heartless heavy music aficionados.

But the primary differentiator between Meir and the self-titled debut lies within that very namesake. In English, meir translates quite simply to "more". And more it is, with more hardcore, more punk, more black metal, and more riffing than before. It's interesting that, instead of "going prog" like many heavy bands evolving their sound, Kvelertak refuses this sort of easy way out, making a record that calls into question why such an amalgam exists nowhere else. "Nekrokosmos" is a perfect example - especially the brilliant vocals of Erlend Hjelvik shouted in typical anarcho-punk fashion. The track phases in and out of hardcore and black metal amidst riffing and a reverb-laden atmosphere that intentionally blasts the track into space.

On Meir, Kvelertak prove that it's actually okay to play happy metal without appearing saccharine or contrived. After quite literally turning the volume up to eleven and working to destroy the preconceptions of what metal actually is, it will be interesting to see which direction they go next.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 22nd 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

credit to Eli for using the discussion on more

Kris.
March 22nd 2013



12306 Comments


is this hip hop

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013



15019 Comments


hipster rap on the level of immortal technique

Tyrael
March 22nd 2013



20824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet

for more hipster rap check out my dig

HenchmanOfSanta
March 22nd 2013



1857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Scandinavian winter is so harsh that entire subgenres of depressive metal were penned in these territories (most notably black and death metal).
Death metal's origins are definitely in the States first and foremost. Scandinavia put their own twist on it though.

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Gyromania
March 22nd 2013



15495 Comments


hmmm i heard this was fake and overwhelmingly ghey

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 22nd 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

yeah i was referring to gothenburg stuff. i removed the ( ) anyway since i didn't really like it. thanks

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

yeah i def didnt get into this nearly as hard as you did

Kris.
March 22nd 2013



12306 Comments


did yiou really just drop it by .1


=[

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 22nd 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

lol

Tyrael
March 22nd 2013



20824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gothenburg metal is hardly depressing what the hell man

Gyromania
March 22nd 2013



15495 Comments


but seriously sobhi, this is prob a 4.1 let's be honest

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 22nd 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

i like it about the same as i liked black breath from last year, hence the 4.2

fromtheinside
March 22nd 2013



18079 Comments


not digging this 4.2 style. a low 3.5 maybe. 3.3? yeah 3.3

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 22nd 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

everything pales in comparison to the mighty JT

bloc
March 22nd 2013



34774 Comments


Other than cool album art I never heard the appeal of this band

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013



23806 Comments


those first 5 words

i cant remember if I checked out the first one, which probably means I wouldn't care for this

Tyrael
March 22nd 2013



20824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band is insane amounts of fun Aids you'll dig it

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 22nd 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

check out spring fra livet and nekrokosmos

HSThomas
March 22nd 2013



668 Comments


You should've included a disclaimer in the review stating that the first paragraph would only enforce the concept of 'hipster metal' and these guys being a part of it. In all seriousness good review dude.



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