Kvelertak let it rip on new album, ‘Splid’

Another freewheeling addition to the Norwegian band’s discography.

Norwegian heavy metal band Kvelertak have released their rip-roaring new album, Splid.

The 11-track record is their fourth studio offering, and follows 2016’s Nattesferd. It’s also their first release with vocalist Ivar Nikolaisen, who’s more than a match for Erlend Hjelvik, Kvelertak’s founding singer who departed the band in 2018.

The band previewed the record with exciting singles “Bråtebrann,” “Fanden Ta Dette Hull!” and “Crack of Doom,” which features Troy Sanders of Mastodon. The latter track is one of the two songs on the album sung in English, the other being “Discord.”


The album’s title itself, Splid, translates to “discord.” It’s a reference to “discord in our personal lives and outside the band,” guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland told New Noise Magazine, “as well as grown-up stuff like politics and the general lame state of public discourse. With a healthy mix of general silliness (called ‘tøys’ in Norwegian).”

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