One of our favorite debut albums of the last decade was Kvelertak’s self-titled album. An awesome mix of punk, black metal, rock, hardcore, and really any other form of aggressive music from the past 30 years, it grabbed you from the first listen and didn’t let go. Now signed to Roadrunner, the Norwegian black n’ roll sextet have recorded their sophomore album, Meir, which will be released next Tuesday (26). You’ve already heard “Braune Brenn” and “Spring fra Livet,” which have likely just gotten you more stoked for the full. Now Stereogum is streaming the full length online in advance of its release next week.
Once again the band worked with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou and the album features art from Baroness’ John Baizley, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The band sounds a little more confident this time out (which they expressed to us when we interviewed them), and Meir has a little more rock influence on the album. It’s not like it’s any less heavy than the debut, though. Check out the 11-track album now. Between this and Clutch, these two albums should propel you through the week.