Kvelertak: Meir

Storming second album from feral Norsemen.

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Kvelertak’s self-titled 2010 album was one of the most intriguing debuts of recent years, an intoxicating meld of hardcore punk fury, classic rock grooves and blackened underground metal that garnered breathless reviews from critics and fellow musicians alike.

And, as telegraphed by its title – Meir translates from the band’s native Norwegian as ‘More’ – album number two from the Stavanger sextet is bigger, bolder and broader in its sweep and scale.

At their most accessible, Kvelertak recall an unholy alliance of Baroness, Thin Lizzy and Queens Of The Stone Age jamming in a Deep South shebeen, but it’s when they spread their wings and give free reign to guitarists Vidar Landa, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad, as on the relentless motorik grind of Tordenbrak or the spacey Nekrokosmos, that they’re at their most thrillingly captivating. Their journey from here should prove fascinating.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.