Kvelertak Announce New Vocalist

Kvelertak have welcomed Ivar Nikolaisen (Silver, The Good, The Bad And The Zugly) to the band as their new vocalist. He is taking over for Erlend Hjelvik, who recently exited the group.

Kvelertak said the following:

“We are immensely excited to have Ivar on board, and what he will bring to the band.

Kvelertak has had a history with Ivar since the bands early days. Both as a tour companion with his other bands (Silver, The Good, the Bad and the Zugly), and as the guest vocalist on ‘Blodtørst’. Ivar is the frontman we could hope for, and nothing is more natural for us than for him to take over the throne.

Ivar himself states:

‘I’ve been a huge fan of Kvelertak ever since I first saw them nearly ten years ago. It’s an honor to be a part of the band! I will not try to copy Erlend. Erlend is a lion. I’m just a small rat. But this rat is pissed off, infectious, and full of pestilence—ready to take this machine to new heights!”

We will see you all on the road sooner than later.


The band played their first show with Nikolaisen at Fjellparken in Flekkefjord, Norway yesterday (July 20). You can see footage from that concert below. Furthermore, a new album from the group is expected to be released in 2019.


Kvelertak To Continue With New Vocalist, Working On New Album

Earlier today, Erlend Hjelvik announced his departure from Kvelertak and now the band have officially commented on the situation. The group says they are planning to introduce their new vocalist on Friday (July 20) at the Fjellparkfestivalen in Flekkefjord, Norway. They are also working on a new album, which is tentatively set to be released in 2019.

Here’s Kvelertak’s statement:

“We have known for a while that Erlend has planned to step down, so we have had the necessary time to plan the way going forward and also find a new vocalist for Kvelertak.

The original plan was to finish up the festival season with Erlend, but as Erlend is not able to do so, we are therefore proudly announcing our newest member at the upcoming show Friday, July 20th, at Fjellparken, Norway.

We would like to thank Erlend Hjelvik for his contribution to the band, and wish him all the best for the future.

-Vidar, Maciek, Bjarte, Marvin, Kjetil

Kvelertak is currently working on their next album, intended for release in 2019.”

Erlend Hjelvik Quits Kvelertak

UPDATE: The band have now commented on the situation.


Vocalist Erlend Hjelvik has announced his departure from Kvelertak. You can read a statement from him regarding his decision below.


“Hey, Erlend here, there is no easy way to say this, so I’ll just get straight to it.

It’s necessary for me to part ways with Kvelertak.

The experience of building a successful band has been fun and rewarding but has also been equally intense and challenging. Over the years, this has taken its toll. As we’ve been developing personally and professionally, our individual goals, needs and motivations have changed, leading us in different directions.

Though it is a heavy decision to leave a life I’ve been living and breathing for the last decade, I feel happy and excited to explore new possibilities for the future.

Regrettably, due to circumstances out of my control, I am not able to perform the last four shows in Norway this summer. I apologize to the festival organizers and fans planning on these shows.

I would like to thank Bjarte, Kjetil, Maciek, Marvin and Vidar, our crew, bands we’ve toured with and everyone else who has worked with Kvelertak. Most importantly, I appreciate our awesome fans that have made everything possible. I’m very proud and grateful for everything we’ve accomplished as Kvelertak. I am genuinely thankful for everything we’ve experienced together and wish the band the best of luck and success in the future.

Kvelertakk for meg!

Erlend Hjelvik”

Kvelertak Announce September European Headlining Dates

Kvelertak will be playing some headlining shows with Timeworm. These dates will take place around their European/UK tour with Metallica.

Tour Dates:

09/04 Hegelo, NET – Metropol
09/07 Kortrijk, BEL – De Kreun
09/09 Toulouse, FRA – Rex
09/13 Aarchen, GER – Musikbunker
09/15 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje

Kvelertak Premiere “Svartmesse” Music Video

Kvelertak have premiered a new animated video for their song “Svartmesse.” This song is from the band’s latest album, “Nattesferd,” which is available now.

The band said the following:

“It’s made by our good friend Torjus Førre Erfjord who has previously made the videos for ‘Blodtørst‘ and ‘Evig Vandrar.’ As well as featuring his own unique style of animation, this video has a darker and more sinister tone that goes hand in hand with the lyrics of the song.”

Kvelertak Announce 2016 European/UK Tour With Skeletonwitch

Kvelertak have announced a European/UK tour with Skeletonwitch. Check out the dates below.


Tour Dates:

11/16 Berlin, GER – SO36
11/17 Dresden, GER – Beatpol
11/18 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka-Klub
11/19 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music Bar
11/21 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
11/22 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/23 Ravenna, ITA – Bronson
11/24 Bulle, SWI – Ebullition
11/25 Zurich, SWI – Plaza
11/26 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
11/27 Madrid, SPA – Sala Heineken
11/29 Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie
11/30 Nantes, FRA – Le Ferrailleur
12/01 Tourcoing, FRA – Le Grand Mix
12/02 Manchester, UK – Sound Control
12/03 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
12/04 Glasgow, UK – ABC2
12/05 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
12/06 Cologne, GER – Kantine
12/07 Brussels, BEL – VK
12/08 Deventer, NET – Burger Weeshuis
12/09 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
12/10 Wiesbaden, GER – Alter Schlachthof
12/11 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle