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Review: Kvelertak - Kvelertak

Label: The End Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 73:53
Tracks: 17
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 25, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (10 Votes)

Well, this is fun. Take Black Metal, mix it with punk, rock and Heavy Metal and this is pretty much was Kvelertak are all about. This self-titled debut rocks from beginning to end, which is not exactly something one will say often about a Black Metal band (though it could apply to some Carpathian Forest albums.) I'll even go ahead and call this "party Black Metal" – yeah, it rocks that much.

The vocals are screeches that keep in the spirit of the music by "rocking" as well – it's not just screams, there's style in there and the vocals flow with the music pretty seamlessly. As far as the music goes, this reminds me a little of later Carpathian Forest – heavy, blackened, but rocking. Kvelertak do throw in some punk elements that sound pretty damn good, and things even get a bit of an old school Heavy Metal vibe at times – there are a couple of fucking wicked, fast solos that just lift me off my feet every time.

For some reason they felt obligated to fill the CD almost to full capacity by making this nearly 74 minutes in length, and as a result the album does outstay its welcome a little bit. This is due to them tagging some songs from BBC sessions from 2010 as well as a couple of demo tracks at the end of the album. This wouldn't be so bad if not for the fact that the tracks are also on the "regular" part of the album, so things get a bit repetitive. It's not the end of the world, but I could have done without the extras. With that said, Kvelertak will rock your black socks off.

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