Following a couple of years on the down-low, Melbourne indie rockers Self Talk have returned …
Norse maniacs Kvelertak released new track Crack of Doom featuring the formidable guest-talents of Troy Sanders (Mastadon) in the lead-up to the release of new album Splid on February 14.
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Kvelertak have been finding new ways to blend their Norwegian metal sensibilities with a raucous punk-rock spirit since 2007, finding success among a broad and varied audience (Metallica’s James Hetfield is known to be a fan, as is Crown Prince Haakon of Norway). Contemporaries of the music scenes that produced both Mayhem and Turbonegro, Kvelertak have built a singular career playing scream-along punk-rock that appeals inexorably to extreme metal audiences and garage punk fans alike.
This is the first recordings with new singer, Ivar Nikolaisen, who joined the band in 2018. For fans of the band’s previous output, this will be a shift but not an uncomfortable one, and Nikolaisen’s presence and vocals continue to complement the clanging, shredding tones of the band in full flight. With second song Crack of Doom, the band has also enlisted the Grammy award-winning talents of Troy Sanders on vocals, and the two men trade their skills throughout the song in the band’s first English-language lyrics to fascinating effect.
“We sent Troy a demo of the song because there were a couple of parts we felt would fit his voice very well and lift the song,” say the band. “What we got back was even better than we could hope for. We’re extremely proud to have him featured on this song, and with Troy being American it felt natural to just do the whole thing in English.”
Recorded with seminal producer Kurt Ballou (Converge) and with at least one high-profile guest, the album comes as a highly polished package on paper but remains true to the sweaty, anti-social, stage-smashing energy of the band.
“Splid is a deep dive into western gluttony, our own stupidity, and the abyss of the earth,” state the band, “Working with Kurt again has been amazing and we’re extremely happy with the production. We’ve pushed ourselves to the edge this last year–musically, physically, and mentally. The result is one hour of catchy riffs, punk rock, and heavy metal influenced by a world in discord to accompany our way towards Ragnarok.”