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Five reasons why I need to go see Kvelertak on Monday

Posted by Carly Carioli  May 17, 2013 10:04 AM

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Reason One: I'm an idiot.
More specifically, when Kvelertak were right here in Boston playing the best show ever -- at Royale last November, with Converge, while Converge's Kurt Ballou was recording Kvelertak's new masterpiece out at his legendary God City Studio -- I decided to show up an hour late. Missed Kvelertak completely. This is a band who live about ten thousand miles away and put out my favorite rock record of 2010. And I missed it. Man, I can't wait for May 20.

Kvelertak live in Boston, 2012

Reason Two: The mere possibility that frontman Erlend Hjelvik will wear an eagle on his head
Y'know, like he does in this video. Also, holy crap this video. Generally I'm against bands who write songs that are also the name of the band (with one notable exception). But when your band name translates to "chokehold," you get a pass.

Reason Three: It's been 15 years since Turbonegro's Apocalypse Dudes.
How did that happen? How was that 15 years ago? How has there not been a goofball deathpunk album of such fun and ferocity since then? As far as I can tell Kvelertak are basically writing Turbonegro songs with some black metal thrown in -- which is pretty much the metal equivalent of that time some guy took a chocolate-chip cookie and said, "You know what would make this better? M&Ms." He was right. They were right. This is awesome. Oh, here's the inspiration for "Kvelertak" (the song), only 15 years ago and sung in bad English.

Reason Four: I can't move to Scandinavia. We can't move to Norway. We actually probably wouldn't want to move to Norway. Or Sweden, either. But jeez, they just don't make these bands anywhere else. Now I'm just going to sit around all weekend listening to the Hellacopters and Gluecifer records. You see what they've done to me?

Reason Five: Since Meir was recorded in Salem, it's basically a Boston rock record, right?
I hereby nominate this album for a Boston Music Award. No, really, I can prove it: here's 20 minutes of Kvelertak hanging around Massachusetts -- with subtitles! They go shopping at Shaw's! And you'll learn how to say "woof" in Norwegian.

Kvelertak + Black Tusk + Cancer Bats + Gozu >> Great Scott, Allston >> 18+, $12

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