Kvelertak
Nattesferd


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain USER (136 Reviews)
May 11th, 2016 | 81 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kvelertak display an array of new sounds while upholding their genre-fusing antics.

To say Kvelertak’s entrance into the metal ranks was explosive would be an understatement. Anticipation and eagerness spread like wildfire over a short amount of time when the Norwegian sextet released their celebrated self titled debut album back in 2010. With a fresh palette of razor sharp riffs that span over a number of genres from Gothenburg-esque death metal to classic rock, how could it not succeed? It instantly became a go-to album for music that is hard to classify into one genre.

Arriving off the success of the self titled album was “Meir”. The level of excitement was raised even higher for Kvelertak’s 2013 sophomore album which was only matched by the commercial triumph it earned. However, “Meir” did seem as if it was simply a continuation of its predecessor’s exciting songs and not much more. But then, the album title does translate to “More” after all. Kvelertak’s third offering, “Nattesferd”, is therefore subject to the daunting task of deterring the band from falling into the trap of unoriginality which has, so far, earned them a reputable name.

What differentiates “Nattesferd” from the band’s previous material are tracks like “1985”. This leading single is a suitably lighter rock n’ roll track which bears semblance to a sludgy Van Halen during its overdrive solos and elastic guitar hooks. Here, Kvelertak do genuinely seem intent on stepping outside of their thriving territories and further genre cross-pollination is found in ‘Ondskapens Galakse’ which assumes a recluse psychedelic rock melody. That’s not to say that Kvelertak have abandoned their original chaotic noise- in ‘Beserkr’ they harness their raw enjoyment factor and fuse it with new ideas like brief spacey samples and NOWBHM gallivanting guitars to create a sonically berserk tune.

There are a number of songs which sound, undoubtedly, like a “Kvelertak” song. If they even have a ‘traditional sound’ then it’s unearthed in tracks like ‘Svartmesse’ and the title track. Both feature catchy extended riffing sections, dual harmonics and fast paced vocals from Erland Hjelvik but the pure animation that summarizes Kvelertak’s music is down to the trio of guitarists. Layered melodies and riffs fly out of every direction on “Nattesferd” which make tracks like ‘Bronsegud’ all the more irresistibly satisfying.

The permanence of Kvelertak’s popularity is solidified in the last two tracks of the album. ‘Heksebrann’ dives through a shower of melodies and into a pool of upbeat post rock, sludge and stoner metal. Obviously the extended song-writing is a, virtually, untouched addition to the band’s song writing abilities and they accomplish in maintaining captivation throughout the entire nine minutes of ‘Heksebrann’. A Black Sabbath influence is prominent in the slow burner closer, ‘Nekrodamus’, however it still has that blackened punk edge characteristic to it through the convulsing vocals. These two final tracks encapsulate the essence of “Nattesferd” completely: What do you call it? Punk? Metal? Rock? Melodic death? Hardcore? The only singular classification you need to apply to this album, and this band, is simply: fun.



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Chamberbelain
May 11th 2016


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album Stream: http://tinyurl.com/guhf948

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InFlamesWeThrash666
May 11th 2016


6439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Need to check this

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DungeonBoy
May 11th 2016


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid review. Listening now.

DungeonBoy
May 11th 2016


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I want to like this band. I bet they'd be awesome to see live. Their faster blackened classic rock/punk songs are the best, but everything in between is not something I enjoy.

larrytheslug
May 11th 2016


1587 Comments


Album art is a cool throwback

sonictheplumber
May 11th 2016


8462 Comments


Untrue

larrytheslug
May 11th 2016


1587 Comments


plus, i like owls : D

UnderTheNorthernScar
May 11th 2016


543 Comments


tentacle owls*

ZippaThaRippa
May 11th 2016


9884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

So yeah this turned out to be awesome. They played five of these songs when I saw them live recently so it was cool hearing how they sounded all neat and polished.

truekebabpower
May 11th 2016


781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Way better than expected, but prefer the last two albums. The album cover is also boss.

Gmork89
May 11th 2016


7177 Comments


Really glad the went with this artwork instead of another generic stoner metal art guy album cover.

cmaitland421
May 11th 2016


406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review. Been delaying checking this out due to how blah the new songs sounded when I saw them live last month, but reading this has eased my mind a bit.

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2016


8282 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not liking this anywhere near as much as Meir, but the more subdued sound is pulled off better than "1985" would've implied. still very consistent and fun listen, regardless.

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wwf
May 12th 2016


5278 Comments


At this point I really only remember the singles off of Meir but damn if they aren't fire

tempest--
May 12th 2016


20158 Comments


good to see this is getting better reception than those singles. need to check soon, love this band!

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 12th 2016


6439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Svartmesse is very catchy damn

Spec
May 12th 2016


34424 Comments


Didn't like Meir as much as their debut. Stoked to hear this though.

BigPleb
May 12th 2016


50377 Comments


Honestly there was nothing wrong with the singles to begin with, excited for this.

zakalwe
May 12th 2016


21808 Comments


It's the business plebster

BigPleb
May 12th 2016


50377 Comments


It's the bollocks? Sweet.



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