Norwegian blackened punk metallers KVELERTAK were the support act for the FOO FIGHTERS in front of 22,000 people last Friday, June 24 at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway.
After the show, Indie Recordings and Dave Grohl surprised KVELERTAK by presenting them with the Norwegian gold record for sales in excess of 15,000 copies of the band's self-titled debut album.
Commented KVELERTAK vocalist Erlend: "When we met living legend Dave Grohl, we knew nothing. We were walking around with a huge package we thought we were going to give Dave Grohl. We thought it was the world's biggest chocolate. So when he suddenly told us to open the package, you can imagine our faces when it turned out to be a gold record! That's two things we never thought would happen right there!"
KVELERTAK's self-titled debut album, was released June 21, 2010 via Indie Recordings and continues to receive rave reviews from mainstream media and metal web sites alike for its unique TURBONEGRO/black metal/punk/classic rock/blues elements. Produced by Kurt Ballou and mixed by Alan Douches with artwork by John Baizley and guest appearances by Hoest (TAAKE), Andreas Tylden (JR Ewing and ALTAAR), Ivar Nikolaisen (SILVER), and Ryan McKenney (TRAP THEM), "Kvelertak" has been dubbed "the best Norwegian debut album of all time," and the band "the new MASTODON."
"Kvelertak" received a North American release on March 15 via The End Records. The North American edition includes six bonus tracks: live recordings of the songs "Fossegrim", "Sjhyenar (Havets Herrer)", "Blodtrst" and "Mjd" from the BBC Sessions last year, as well as demo versions of "Ordsmedar av Rang" and "Utrydd Dei Svake".
KVELERTAK was honored in the "Best Newcomer" and "Best Rock" categories at the 39th annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show was held on March 5 at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway and was broadcast live on the Norwegian channel TV2.
In February KVELERTAK won the Statoil grant and 1,000,000 NOK (approximately $180,000). The Statoil grant is a prize which helps promising Norwegian bands on the verge of international breakthrough to succeed internationally.
KVELERTAK shamelessly draws inspiration from every corner of anything that fits into its idea of hard-hitting, catchy, extreme rock 'n' roll regardless of genre, always truthful to the basic idea of the band: good songs performed with the tongue-in-cheek attitude of their punk-rock pioneers. Unlike the majority of heavier bands, they sing in their native language, adding yet more character to their already unique sound.
It's 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 of 2007 things have been on fast forward 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 including the infamous Roskilde festival in 2009, where they performed in front of 80,000 crazy fans. Astonishing for a (then) unsigned act with a few demos.