Watch Carcass, Revocation, Periphery, Etc. Members Cover Anthrax’s “Caught In A Mosh”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Anthrax’s “Caught In A Mosh” with Erlend Hjelvik (ex-Kvelertak), Shawna Potter (War On Women), Dwid Hellion (Integrity), Dave Davidson (Revocation), Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Aaron Patrick (All That Remains), and Daniel Wilding (Carcass). You can check that out below. “Two Minutes To Late Night” said the following about the latest cover:

“What is the sound of one hand moshing? We covered Anthrax’s 80’s MTV classic with some really nice and responsible people (pit etiquette is a must). This is our 34th bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com

Erlend Hjelvik (Ex-Kvelertak) Announces New Solo Project Hjelvik

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!

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.

KVELERTAK“

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.

ORIGINAL STORY:

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

Hjelvik:

“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”