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|Author:||h.p. taskmaster [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:09 am ]|
|Post subject:||KVELERTAK Sign to Roadrunner Records|
the PR wire wrote:
ROADRUNNER RECORDS VELKOMMEN NORWEGIAN POWERHOUSE KVELERTAK TO LABEL;
SIGNING ANNOUNCED TODAY
MEIR OUT MARCH 26th
SINGLE “BRUANE BRENN” OUT FEBRUARY 5TH
TRACK LISTING REVEALED
NEW YORK, NY (JANUARY 25, 2013) – Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the signing of Norwegian adrenaline-pushers of heavy rock and roll, Kvelertak. Produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, Kvelertak will release their highly anticipated sophomore album entitled Meir (which means “more” in English) on March 26, 2013. Their first single, “Bruane Brenn” has early critical acclaim from several tastemaker outlets including Stereogum who raves, “It’s a total blast of riffs, adrenaline, football chants, and guitar solos, and in its four minutes, you get five decades of rock ‘n’ roll, compressed into one massive speedball hit.” The single will be available on iTunes beginning February 5, 2013 and will be available as an instant download when you pre-order the album, an exclusive CD/T-shirt bundle will also be available that day at the Roadrunner Records webstore. Unlike the majority of heavier bands, they sing in their native language, adding even more character to their already unique sound.
About the signing, Dave Rath, Senior Vice President of A&R at Roadrunner Records said, “Every decade or so, hard rock and heavy metal gets a well-deserved kick in the ass. Kvelertak is the band to do just that. These guys remind us that rock music should truly affect us. Roadrunner is proud to deliver Kvelertak to a world waiting for a musical awakening. If this band doesn't get your heart racing, then you don't have one.”
Kvelertak’s euphorically-received self-titled 2011 debut was iTunes 2011’s US Metal Breakthrough Artist of The Year. Pitchfork described their sound as having “monolithic walls of adrenal-gland-strangling sound” while LA Weekly named frontman Erland Hjelvik #2 on their list of top ten metal frontmen (and women) under 30.
Overseas the band has racked up numerous accolades. Kvelertak was called “the best Norwegian debut of all time” by Norwegian rock authority Asbjørn Slettemark, named “Best Debut Album” by Metal Hammer Germany, “Best New Artist” and “Best Rock Album” at the Spellemannprisen (Norway’s Grammy equivalent) and has received countless additional critical acclaim from Metal Hammer UK and Kerrang! who called them “the most exciting new band on the planet.”
From storming 2011’s SXSW festival to being personally invited by Mastodon to support them in Bergen, Norway, to Dave Grohl presenting them with their first gold discs at a sold-out show at Telenor Arena, Norway’s largest indoor venue, Kvelertak, or “chokehold” in English, are only getting started.
With the explosive first single “Bruane Brenn” to the slowed down guitar crunching of “Evig Vandrar” to the brutally chaotic “Nekrokosmos,” Meir is an album that certainly lives up to the hype of giving the listener “more.” Tight rhythms, inventive guitar hooks and melodies that seep into your consciousness, this is an album that constantly surprises.
“It is both catchy and heavy; we're pushing our limits in both ends of that spectre. It's very varied and there are a lot of surprises in store. I mean, it's unlike anything I myself have heard before, so we even managed to surprise ourselves,” said lead singer Erlend Hjelvik.
Look for Kvelertak North American tour dates to be announced soon.
Kvelertak is Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitars), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitars), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass) and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums).
Meir Track Listing:
2. Spring Fra Livet
4. Bruane Brenn
5. Evig Vandrar
About Roadrunner Records:
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner Records, a member of the Warner Music Group family of labels, now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Dream Theater, Trivium, critically acclaimed Gojira and the legendary Rush. Roadrunner's current roster includes exciting alternative/pop up and comers Young the Giant and other diverse rock acts such as Black Stone Cherry, The Amity Affliction and Airbourne. Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond. For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com.
|Author:||cyberspaceship [ Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:22 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Re: KVELERTAK Sign to Roadrunner Records|
I could use a pronunciation guide, but awesome for them!
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