The Norwegian rock and metal band Kvelertak (translates to ‘stranglehold’and is pronounced «Kuh-vell-er-taaaak») entered 2019 with bigger riffs and an even heavier sound. With Ivar Nikolaisen fronting the rejuvenated Kvelertak, Kvelertak headed out on a European tour as “Special Guests” to Mastodon early this year and are currently in the middle of a huge European festival tour before entering the studio to begin the recording of their 4th studio album expected to come out early next year.
The band conquers every venue they play, with their outstanding blend of classic 70’s rock n roll and Norwegian black metal. Kvelertak’s live performances can be summarized as grand, sweaty and goddamn catchy. In recent years Kvelertak have shared the stage with Converge, Mastodon, Ghost, Slayer and Metallica. Metallica front man James Hetfield is an outspoken huge fan of the band.
Since Kvelertak started playing theyhavewon four Norwegian Grammys, amongst others best newcomer in 2010 and best rock and metal album for all their albums.
Kvelertak was established in Stavanger in 2007 and consists of Vidar Landa (guitar), Marvin Nygaard (bass guitar), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitar), Maciek Ofstad (guitar) and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums) and Ivar Nikolaisen (vocals).