Acclaimed Norwegian rockers KVELERTAK have entered Godcity studios in Salem, Massachusetts with producer Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE) to begin recording their new album for an early 2013 release. The band states, "All [we] can say is this album is going to fuck the first album in the ass. Hard."
KVELERTAK will return to the U.S. this fall to tour alongside CONVERGE and TORCHE. NAILS, COALESCE and WHIPS/CHAINS will perform on select shows as well. KVELERTAK says, "CONVERGE brought us out for our first-ever European tour two years ago, so it's a great honor for us that they now are taking us out on our first proper U.S. tour! Not to mention the other bands; that lineup is ridiculous. Needless to say, we're beyond excited!"
Featuring iconic artwork by John Dyer Baizley (BARONESS, KYLESA), KVELERTAK's self-titled 2010 debut album — which has been certified gold in the band's home country — has earned the band extensive worldwide acclaim, with Kerrang! going so far as to call the sextet "the best Norwegian band since A-HA." The album, which features vocals entirely in the band's native language, recieved 9/10 ratings from Metal Hammer, Decibel and Rock Hard magazines and earned the group an invitation to perform a live session on BBC Radio 1. The band has recently played several esteemed European festivals, including Eurosonic, Sonisphere and Reading.
While the group has performed periodic American shows in the past — they did a short tour with SKELETONWITCH around the 2011 CMJ Festival and performed at SXSW earlier that year, for example — the CONVERGE tour is their most extensive American itinerary yet.