Ex-Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik has returned with a new solo project called Hjelvik. The band, which also features guitarist Rob Steinway, guitarist Remi André Nygård, bassist Alexis Lieu, and drummer Kevin Foley, will release their debut album “Welcome To Hel” later this year via Nuclear Blast.
Hjelvik said the following about signing with Nuclear Blast:
“Signing with Nuclear Blast is a dream come true for me. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been a fan of classic NB bands like Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames and so on — so that makes me feel extra proud to call Nuclear Blast my new label home. I’m certain Nuclear Blast will do an awesome job bringing Hjelvik metal to the masses on my new album, ‘Welcome To Hel’, and many more to come.”
He went on to say that the new material will feature “blackened Viking heavy metal” with lyrics based on Norse mythology and history.
Jens Prüter, head of A&R at Nuclear Blast Europe, added:
“It’s been 10 years since I first saw Erlend with Kvelertak in my hometown Dortmund in Germany. Their debut album had only been out for a couple of months and was on heavy rotation on my turntable. I was blown away by the raw energy of his stage performance, and ten years later, it is an honour to start working with him on Hjelvik. He has not lost his high energy and brings his unique mix of black metal, hard rock and punk to a new level. Welcome to Nuclear Blast and onward to Hel!