Roadrunner Records have issued that KVELERTAK won a Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy) in the Metal category this past weekend, and performed on the televised awards ceremony. They dressed up for the occasion, wearing some slick suits—frontman Erlend Hjelvik even kept his shirt on!—and were joined onstage by two popular Norwegian musicians, Morten Abel and Thomas Dybdahl. The performance of the song “Evig Vandrar” also featured a five-piece drum group wearing owl masks. Watch it now below!
Kvelertak‘s Spellemann-winning album Meir is available everywhere now—grab your copy from the Roadrunner webstore!
Nuclear Blast has announced that the Norwegian progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED have just received word of their nomination for the 2012 Spellemann Award in the category “Best Metal Album” with their most recent release, RIITIIR. This prestigious music award is the Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy.
ENSLAVED – who just performed in Seattle, Washington and continue their trek through the U.S. and Canada – offer the following statement:
“By the hammer, saw, and grinder of Thor! What an incredibly pleasant surprise to be getting on the road, being nominated for Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy)! Having that many people interested & versed in music liking our album is simply overwhelming. We’ll miss the party, but feel confident that others will take care of the scandalous behaviour. Thank you jury, this means a lot to us no matter the outcome of the ‘final’!”
This is the seventh time ENSLAVED have received a Spellemann Award nomination. They have won four consecutive times in a row for their previous four studio albums:
• 2010: Axioma Ethica Odini – WINNER
• 2008: Vertebrae – WINNER
• 2006: Ruun – WINNER
• 2004: Isa – WINNER
• 2003: Below The Lights – Nominated
• 2000: Mardraum – Nominated
ENSLAVED was honored in the “Metal” category at the 39th annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show was held last night (Saturday, March 5) at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway and was broadcast live on the Norwegian channel TV2.
The nominees in the “Metal” category were as follows:
* ENSLAVED - “Axioma Ethica Odini”
* SHINING – “Blackjazz”
* IHSAHN – “After”
* SOLEFALD – “Norrøn Livskunst”
This marks the fourth consecutive time that ENSLAVED won the Spellemann award in the “Metal” category.
“Axioma Ethica Odini” was released in Norway on September 20, 2010, in the rest of Europe on September 27, 2010 and in North America on September 28, 2010.
Norwegian blackened punk metallers KVELERTAK were honored in the “Best Newcomer” and “Best Rock” categories at the 39th annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show was held last night (Saturday, March 5) at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway and was broadcast live on the Norwegian channel TV2.
In February KVELERTAK won the Statoil grant and 1,000,000 NOK (approximately $180,000). The Statoil grant is a prize which helps promising Norwegian bands on the verge of international breakthrough to succeed internationally.
Their self-titled debut album was released June 21, 2010 via Indie Recordings and continues to receive rave reviews from mainstream media and metal web sites alike for its unique TURBONEGRO/black metal/punk/classic rock/blues elements. Produced by Kurt Ballou and mixed by Alan Douches with artwork by John Baizley and guest appearances by Hoest (TAAKE), Andreas Tylden (JR Ewing and ALTAAR), Ivar Nikolaisen (SILVER), and Ryan McKenney (TRAP THEM), “Kvelertak“ has been dubbed “the best Norwegian debut album of all time,” and the band “the new MASTODON.”
“Kvelertak” will receive a North American release on March 15 via The End Records. The North American edition includes six bonus tracks: live recordings of the songs “Fossegrim”, “Sjøhyenar (Havets Herrer)“, “Blodtørst” and “Mjød” from the BBC Sessions last year, as well as demo versions of “Ordsmedar av Rang” and “Utrydd Dei Svake”.