Norwegian rockers Kvelertak share a lyric video for the second single »Skoggangr« taken from their forthcoming album, »Endling«, set to release on September 8th, 2023 via Rise Records / Petroleum Records.
01. Krøterveg Te Helvete
05. Døgeniktens Kvad
08. Paranoia 297
09. Svart September
The band comments: “»Skoggangr« is out now! »Skoggangr« was the first song we wrote for »Endling«. It’s a song about Helmut Von Botnlaus, whose life history and written records have inspired many of the lyrics on the album. It all takes place in the heathlands and mountain area of the south-west coast of Norway, where Helmut was born. This is where he spent most of his secluded life, living off what the earth can provide him with while fighting anyone trying to destroy the surrounding nature. Wind turbine and real estate developers, look out!!”
Kvelertak is the gold standard in punked-up, black metal-adjacent, classic rock-worshipping extreme music. The band described by Revolver as “blackened rock and roll party beasts,” with their triple guitar harmonies and heaps of lyrics written in their native Norwegian, is truly unlike any other.
Photo by Stian Andersen
Drawing deeply from local traditions and folklore of the non-fantasy variety, the evocative songs on the band’s fifth album, »Endling«, tell spellbinding stories of elemental wonder. »Endling« brims with catchy, straight-to-the-point hard rock tunes, as well as some of their most ambitious instrumentation. Kvelertak sounds bigger and more creative than ever, even if this period remains as unpredictable as every other. Kvelertak is an “Endling” in itself, the last of their kind. About to break up at any given moment, total collapse and catastrophe are always right around the corner. But for now, they’re still here. Like a constant supernova at its most destructive and brightest, Kvelertak has never been better.
“On »Endling«, we tell the stories of the extinct and dying men and women of Norway. Old and new myths, culture, and rituals come to life – the folklore that doesn’t fit a TV series concept. Vikings and trolls are for television. This is the real deal,” says guitarist Vidar Landa.
»Endling« is at once the band’s most straightforward and ambitious work yet. The band tracked most of the songs live in the studio, and only one to a click, resulting in a raw and organic feel. The riffs and tones are as varied as Kvelertak’s audience will expect, with crackling immediacy and spirit throughout. There’s also new instrumentation, like piano and synthesizer, layered via overdubs.
New album »Endling« will be out September 8 via Rise Records / Petroleum Records.
Ivar Nikolaisen – Vocals
Vidar Landa – Guitar
Bjarte Lund Rolland – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Maciek Ofstad – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Marvin Nygaard – Bass
Håvard Takle Ohr – Drums