Kvelertak

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Kvelertak
Kvelertak performing in 2019
Kvelertak performing in 2019
Background information
OriginStavanger, Norway
Genres
Years active2007–present
Labels
Websitekvelertak.com
Members
  • Ivar Nikolaisen
  • Vidar Landa
  • Bjarte Lund Rolland
  • Maciek Ofstad
  • Marvin Nygaard
  • Håvard Takle Ohr
Past members
  • Erlend Hjelvik
  • Anders Mosness
  • Kjetil Gjermundrød

Kvelertak are a Norwegian heavy metal band from Stavanger, formed in 2007. The group comprises vocalist Ivar Nikolaisen, guitarists Vidar Landa, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad, bassist Marvin Nygaard and drummer Håvard Takle Ohr. Founding member and lead singer Erlend Hjelvik left the group in 2018,[9] being replaced by Ivar Nikolaisen.[10] Most of Kvelertak's songs have Norwegian lyrics, and their main influences are rock and roll and punk rock.

The band's self-titled debut album was released in 2010 and sold more than 15,000 copies in Norway.[11] The second album, Meir, was released in March 2013. The band's third studio album, titled Nattesferd, was released on May 13, 2016. Their fourth studio album, Splid, released on February 14th, 2020, their first with Ivar Nikolaisen on lead vocals.

History

Formation and debut album (2007–2011)

Former vocalist Erlend Hjelvik

Kvelertak were formed in Stavanger, Norway in 2007. The band's name is the Norwegian for "stranglehold" or "chokehold".[12] A demo, Westcoast Holocaust, was self-released that year.[13][14] The band released their debut album, entitled Kvelertak, on June 21, 2010 via the Norwegian record label Indie Recordings,[15] and on March 15 via The End Records in North America.[16] The album was certified gold by IFPI in Norway for selling over 15,000 copies.[11]

In March 2011, Kvelertak were presented with two Spellemannprisen Awards, a prestigious Norwegian music award similar to the American Grammy Award—for Best Newcomer and Best Rock Band.[17] The Kvelertak song "Mjød" was used as the end music for the film The Troll Hunter.[18]

Meir and Nattesferd (2012–2017)

Kvelertak in 2019

The second album, entitled Meir, was released on March 25, 2013 (March 26 in the US) via Sony Music Scandinavia in Scandinavia, Roadrunner Records in the rest of the world, and by Indie Recordings on vinyl. Kvelertak has also attracted a following from renowned artists such as Metallica front man James Hetfield who, along with the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon, watched the band perform in San Francisco. Hetfield also posted a video on his Instagram account of him watching the band and describing the front man Hjelvik as a "savage" frontman. [19]

The band's third studio album, titled Nattesferd, was released on May 13, 2016.[20] They opened for Metallica on their WorldWired Tour between September 2017 and May 2018 in Europe, and was also the opening act for Ghost on their Popestar Tour in 2017.

Lineup change and Splid (2018–present)

Ivar Nikolaisen in 2019

In July 2018, Erlend Hjelvik announced that he had left the band.[9] His replacement, Ivar Nikolaisen (of Silver and The Good, The Bad and The Zugly), was announced on July 20 at their show in Fjellparkfestivalen, Flekkefjord[10] - he had previously featured as a guest vocalist on 'Blodtørst'.[21]

Kvelertak released their fourth studio album, Splid, on February 14, 2020.[22]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Year Album details Peak chart positions
NOR
[23]
BEL (FL) FIN
[24]
GER
[25]
SWE SWI
[26]
UK
2010 Kvelertak 3
2013 Meir 1 165 18 64 20 100 108
2016 Nattesferd
  • Released: May 13, 2016
  • Label: Roadrunner Records,
    Indie Recordings
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
2
[27]
91 9
[28]
24 31 44 128
2020 Splid
  • Released: February 14, 2020
  • Label: Rise Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
1
[29]
21
[30]
12 19
[31]
32
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

EPs

Singles

Demos

Awards

Band members

Current members
Past members
Others

Timeline

References

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