Formed in 2007, Kvelertak (Norwegian for “stranglehold”) shamelessly draws inspiration from everything and anything that could fit into their idea of good hard-hitting and catchy rock and roll. Regardless of genre, but always truthful to the basic idea of the band – Good songs performed with the tongue-in-cheek attitude of their punk-rock pioneers and sung in their native language.
Kvelertak’s history is a classic story; A bunch of good friends decide to create a band. It turns out to be a very good band, and from the start things have been going very fast for these young lads from the west coast of Norway. National radio airplay and stunning live performances have taken them to some of the biggest festivals in the country and also to the infamous Roskilde festival in 2009, where they performed in front of 3000 crazy fans. Quite astonishing for a (then) unsigned act with a few demos.
Late 2009, Kvelertak inked a deal with Indie Recordings; Releasing their self-titled debut album on June 21, 2010. Kvelertak are already well known in Norway for their furious live energy and catchy, melodic, metal-inspired punk rock and are being noticed outside. The group recently signed with Roadrunner Records for the rest of the world outside Scandinavia.