|» Kvelertak 2011 11 17||
After a decent warm-up gig from The Secret as well as a really good performance from Doomriders, it was finally time for Toxic Holocaust, my main attraction for the evening, and they left me with very few complaints.
To be honest, it's hard to miss the mark with such amazing songs as War Is Hell, 666, Wild Dogs, The Lord Of The Wasteland and Nuke The Cross. The latest album was something of a disappointment, in my opinion, but the three songs from it work surprisingly well live - especially I Am Disease, which turns down the tempo for a couple of minutes, and closing song Bitch.
The only negative thing that comes to mind would of course be that 35
minutes is a little too short, although they manage to play eleven songs
in that amount of time. I'll just hope that they come back to Sweden again
Performance: 8 chalices
The last band for tonight is Norwegian black metal/punk rock band Kvelertak. Having just released one album so far, they have time to play it in its entirety along with two new songs - Spring Fra Livet and Trepan. Unfortunately, the sound is pretty bad which takes the edge of a lot of the finesse in the songs; many details and a lot of the vocals disappear in an audial ocean of bass guitar and kick drum. In spite of this, they put on a really solid performance with vocalist Erlend Hjelvik stage diving several times, continuing his singing at the same time.
The order of songs could have been changed a bit, though. Seeing as Utrydd Dei Svake is the last song on the album, I guess it is pretty logical to end the set with it. However, it's their weakest song in my opinion and following Mjød, one of their best songs, it just makes for a somewhat anticlimactic ending.
To sum it up, it's pretty clear that they really enjoy themselves and
seeing them live is a lot of fun. They have a unique musical concept and
if they can top their debut album and keep on touring, they have a lot
of potential to grow as a band in the future.
Performance: 7 chalices
Sjøhyenar (Havets Herrer)