Review Summary: More Kvelertak.
Meir kicks so much ass. Like, all the time. In 2013, Kvelertak released an album full of who gives a *** what you think and the world is better for it. The world needs more bands like this, and you need an album like Meir. Not that Kvelertak gives a *** about what you need because all they wanna do is drink fire and breathe whisky.
Track one gets things started off at a deceiving pace before plunging into the next track entitled Spring Is For Lovers, Idiots
. Is that the title" All lyircs are in Norwegian or Korean.. one of those foreign sounding languages and it doesn't matter because the band is already kicking your face in while you think about it. Drums and guitar perfectly in sync as the band turns their amps up to e=mc11,000. The singer lovingly shouts “Wepouse le muzzzz!!!!!! Weshlepinnnnnn, weshlepinnnnnnnnn!” before a fun breakdown where he proudly announces, “BLEH!”. Seriously. That is how the song goes.
By this time, your ass is well past blue and grey and you should probably see a doctor. TREPANRAHH
is heavy and fast. BUENO BRIDGES
is heavy and fast with acoustic guitar; clean notes sprinkled in to make you think that there will be relief. Spoiler Alert: There isn't.
Track 6 is Snakepiss
and holy buster sword does it rule. The song is about snake-oil peddlers peddling their pedestrian meds perfidiously through pediatric care, only to get slapped in the face by a crushing harmonized guitar breakdown around the minute and a half mark. There's no room for subtlety here though and the band quickly get their *** together and play everything as fast as possible while exclaiming, “YEEEAAAHH” and then, dun dun dundun, dundun dun dun dun dun.
If one were to point out a flaw, it'd probably be that the album, much like this review, starts to drag a bit towards the end. Tordenbak
, though a nice break in the relentless flow of the album, comes a bit late and lasts a little too long. There is some interesting guitar interplay, but it's all used primarily as set up for the final song. Undertro
also features a relatively simple, highly infectious guitar line that serves as an outro, but it unfortunately goes nowhere. It sounds as if the band was rushed during the recording and were unable to finish the track in time forcing them to settle for a fun, but needlessly long outro to an otherwise decent song. This mistake is made all the more apparent in the presence of the rest of the music present on Meir. When all of the songs are contained in streamlined, brisk sessions sticking close to the 3 minute mark, filler simply isn't acceptable.
All of these flaws are non-existent though, making the entire discussion null and void because Meir levels your arguments with whatever the *** it can pick up and throw through your window while you were quietly listening to Sunbather. Probably a rock.
100/10. Still waiting for the follow-up: Meir de Noms.