Kvelertak Premiere Music Video For New Song “Crack Of Doom” Feat. Mastodon’s Troy Sanders

Kvelertak have premiered a new video for their new song “Crack Of Doom.” This track features Mastodon’s Troy Sanders and it will appear on the band’s new album “Splid,” which is set to be released on February 14.

The band said the following about the song:

“Ever heard of the Maya Apocalypse? Johannes Stöffler? Harold Camping? Are you afraid that the religious leaders, scientists, or the doomsday preachers may be right? Have no fear! They were all wrong. But now, Kvelertak has come to prophesize Ragnarok, straight into your heart and soul. The Crack of Doom shines on us all!”

They also added the following about working with Sanders:

“We sent Troy a demo of the song because there were a couple of parts we felt would fit his voice very well and lift the song. Luckily, he liked the track and was keen to do it. He got some scratch vocal tracks and some guidelines but was free to do it however he wanted.

What we got back was even better than what we could hope for. We’re extremely proud to have him featured on this song, and with Troy being American, it felt natural to just do the whole thing in English.”

Kvelertak Confirm New Drummer, Share First Studio Video For New Album “Splid”

Kvelertak have officially welcomed Håvard Takle Ohr to the band as their new drummer. He will be taking over for Kjetil Gjermundrød, who recently exited the band. With this news, the band have also shared the first studio video for their new album “Splid.” That effort will be released on February 14 and it will be their first to feature Ohr and new fronmtan Ivar Nikolaisen.

The group commented:

“Hey everyone!

We’ve put our own footage from the Splid recording session together in iMovie for you all to enjoy.

Thanks for all the nice feedback on our new song! We really appreciate it and can’t wait for you to hear the whole album. We promise it’s going to be worth the wait.

Some of you might have noticed we have a new drummer for this album. Kjetil wanted to step down and focus on other things in life. We’ll miss him on stage but we won’t be strangers.

Send Kjetil your greetings and give our new drummer Håvard Takle Ohr a warm welcome!

We’re extremely excited about hitting the road with this new album and we’ll have more tour and festival announcements coming! For now we hope to see all our European friends on the upcoming release tour.

Take care and speak soon!

-Bjarte, Vidar, Maciek, Marvin, Ivar og Håvard”

Kvelertak Premiere New Song “Bråtebrann”, Reveal Details For New Album “Splid”

Kvelertak have premiered a new song titled “Bråtebrann.” This track is from the band’s new album “Splid,” which will be released on February 14 via Rise Records.

“Splid” Track Listing:

01. “Rogaland”
02. “Crack Of Doom” (feat. Mastodon’s Troy Sanders)
03. “Necrosoft”
04. “Discord”
05. “Bråtebrann”
06. “Uglas Hegemoni”
07. “Fanden Ta Dette Hull!”
08. “Tevling”
09. “Stevnemøte Med Satan”
10. “Delirium Tremens”
11. “Ved Bredden Av Nihil”

Kvelertak said the following about the new record:

“We are very excited that our new album, ‘Splid’, will be released through Rise Records and we look forward to being a part of the Rise family in the coming years. ‘Splid’ (‘discord’ in English) is a deep dive into western gluttony, our own stupidity, and the abyss of the earth.”

“Working with Kurt [Ballou] again has been amazing and we’re extremely happy with the production. We’ve pushed ourselves to the edge this last year — musically, physically, and mentally. The result is one hour of catchy riffs, punk rock, and heavy metal influenced by a world in discord to accompany our way towards Ragnarok.”

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Lamb Of God, Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Etc. Performing At Hellfest

ARTE Concert have shared pro-shot footage of Lamb Of God, Testament, Cradle Of Filth, Kvelertak, and Carpathian Forest’s full sets at Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France. You can watch those performances below:

Kvelertak Planning To Release New Album This Year

During an interview with Overdrive, Kvelertak guitarist Vidar Landa revealed that the band are planning to release a new album this year. This will be the band’s first effort with new vocalist Ivar Nikolaisen.

Vidar said the following about the new material:

“Right now, it’s kind of hard to explain the new material but we are working on the new album and have written a lot of stuff so far. The way it looks now, I guess we are working with things that we felt worked really well for us on ‘Nattesferd‘ and stuff from the other albums that really clicked with us collectively.”

Bassist Marvin Nygaard also added the following when asked if all the members have been contributing:

“Right now, it’s mostly been Bjarte that’s been writing but we’ll be entering into the rehearsal studio soon, so we can all start working on the ideas. But yeah, it’s usually Bjarte that brings a lot of the new foundations to the tracks.”

When asked if the album will be released this year, Vidar said the following:

“Yes, the new Kvelertak album will be coming this year (laughing). We’ve never rushed things. It’s always been a couple of years between our albums and when it’s done it’s done (laughs).”

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.”