Nattesferd - Kvelertak

The premise succeeded

Kvelertak have on Nattesferd made a fat and festive album with high artistic integrity. They've screwed rock up at 11, and whether it is an expression of a exciting and inventive play with genres, or whether it is the beginning of a slippery slope that ends in a one-dimensional Airbourne-counterpart, only the future will show.

Whether you prefer the more blackede and punk Kvelertak, or whether you think the increasing level of rock clothes, band, will always be a completely subjective matter. No matter the outcome, it is nevertheless certain that Kvelertak with Nattesferd have made an album that lives up to their premise: the festive madness.

Kvelertaks mixture of black, punk and rock appeal widely without talking to the lowest common denominator

Festive madness

In 2010, the 6-man big band, Kvelertak from Norway, their debut album, Kvelertak. With their unique combination of rock, hardcore punk and black metal and wrote the band into the wave of bands that are about to break down the definitional framework of black metal along with bands as f.ex. Alcest and Deafheaven (without genremæssig comparison, by the way). In addition, wrote the band into the consciousness of many by just making an incredibly successful fusion of the aforementioned genres.

On Nattesferd is it the same genremæssige trinity, who is present, but the internal weighting is very different than on their debut album: Nattesferd sounds much more like a rocket road trip down Route 66 in the UNITED states, than as a black-metallic hiking through a cold Norwegian vinterskov.

The development continues

It is something new is already being signaled as to get the album in hand. Coverartet is no longer the stylistic and characteristic John Dyer Baizley work, which has graced the previous two albums. This time, Arik Roper contributed a great atmospheric viking-and-bird-motif. Stilskiftet is signaled, albeit nothing about the changed content is revealed.

On the album's opening, "Dendrofil of Yggdrasil", you are thrown headfirst out in the well known atmospheric black metal sound with the tremolo riff and blast beats. Slowly lists, however small guitar pieces that make up check, there are more melodic and the present in the sound and move the idea towards classic rock rather than black metal.

As the second track, "1985", begins, a guitar riff taken a hovedspring out in stadionrock, and you sit and ask themselves if it is a number from the Van the Tail album 1984. But then you'll hear Erlend Hjelviks distinctive vocals, which acts as the secure point of reference, which makes you not in a split second is in doubt, that it is Kvelertak, you are listening to. And the musical wandering away from black and toward the hard rock is a general trend on the album. "Svartmesse" is on the guitar-since the more party-rock than it is metal, and it directs the mind a little to Kiss in the'80s.

The album is great-sounding and sounds of a band who enjoy playing music. The band playing multiple times with the options, the three guitars provide, and become in the course of the album to develop. The last half of the album falls a little in energy in comparison to the first, but becomes in turn an exciting and almost prog-rocket experience.

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