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KILLING TECHNOLOGY

NORWAY’S KINGS OF BLACKENED PUNK ‘N’ ROLL KVELERTAK ARE STILL CHALLENGING PERCEPTIONS WITH ALBUM NUMBER THREE – AND IT’S ONE HELL OF A RIDE
PIC: Paul Audestad

KVELERTAK

'I985’, the lead-off single from Kvelertak’s forthcoming third album, ‘Nattesferd’, is a departure from the usual fare the sextet have delivered over the course of their nine year career, as the blackness and crusty punk elements take a backseat to the sort of down-picked, cruisin’-downthe-motorway riff that AC/DC cranked out on ‘Back In Black’. It’s uncharacteristically sparser, simpler, more anthemic and brimming with populist appeal than we’ve become accustomed to from the band. If ever Kvelertak wrote a tune that rocked out with its proverbial cock out, it’s ‘1985’, but keep in mind it’s only one of ‘Nattesferd’s nine songs and if the band has demonstrated anything with their 2010 self-titled debut and 2013’s ‘Meir’, it’s that they aren’t exactly known for musical tunnel vision. But that didn’t stop many from standing on the nearest internet rooftop to declare them sell outs, betrayers, washed up and/or dead and buried.

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It’s always an interesting proposition to see how a band progresses from working with true, cult indie labels to working with multi-national major labels. How money can transform a pure idea into (potentially) a much bigger entity and consumerbased product; can an idea, a sound, an image transcend into the broader palette without being spoiled from its original form? Or does it really matter at all what label a band is on these days? Do you, the reader and listener, truly care if an artist releases music on an indie or via the corporate bigwig? It is all business, no matter who is controlling the purse strings. Why am I pondering this right now? I guess it’s because our cover stars this month are the mighty Purson. No stranger to these pages, it’s wonderful to see Purson really coming of age on their new album, the major label released ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’. It’s a great follow-up to their previous, indie released debut and really captures a band who mean business (again). Nothing has changed in that sense regardless of the label behind the band, and frankly, they were always going to end up on a Terrorizer cover because their music rocks and they thoroughly deserve the accolade. We hope you enjoy their latest story as much as we have enjoyed producing it. As always, the rest of this issue has been a joy to create and features some of the best bands in the extreme and underground metal scenes. Never enough pages as I’d like to write about every band myself and the team love, but it’s entirely flash-in-the-pan/fad-free and that’s the main thing, right?! See you next month! Darren Sadler, Editor
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