The Needle Drop

Kvelertak- Self-Titled

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object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="610" height="371" codebase=",0,40,0"> The Kurt Ballou-produced debut album of Norway's Kvelertak is a powerful piece of metal music. I heard about it last year on, but refrained from commenting since there would be no way of picking up the album locally. But now that this album should be getting a physical release in the US this March, I'm happy to talk about its amazing blend of rock 'n' roll and black metal--not to mention the sludgy, heavy production.

Some moments on this LP blend together for me, but it's still high-quality entertainment, build on good songwriting, mighty riffs, righteous guitar leads, and harsh vocals. It's as melodic as it is aggressive, and as accessible as it is heavy.