The Press Release:
Nuclear Blast is proud to announce that ex-KVELERTAK frontman, Erlend Hjelvik, has started a solo metal band HJELVIK and has signed with Nuclear Blast Records!
Jens Prueter, Head of A&R at Nuclear Blast Europe, adds:
“It’s been 10 years ago when I first saw Erlend with Kvelertak in my hometown Dortmund in Germany. Their debut album was just out for a couple of months and on heavy rotation on my turntable. I was blown away by the raw energy of his stage performance and ten years later it is an honor to start working with him on HJELVIK. He has not lost the high energy and is bringing his unique mix of black metal, hardrock and punk to a new level. Welcome to Nuclear Blast and onward to Hel!”
HJELVIK also reveals he will release his debut album Welcome to Hel later this year.
Former frontman and co-founder of KVELERTAK, Erlend Hjelvik, comments:
“Signing with Nuclear Blast is a dream come true for me. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been a fan of classic NB bands like, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames and so on — so, that makes me feel extra proud to call Nuclear Blast my new label home. I’m certain Nuclear Blast will do an awesome job bringing HJELVIK metal to the masses on my new album, Welcome to Hel, and many more to come.”
Erlend Hjelvik describes his music as “blackened Viking Heavy Metal” with lyrics based on Norse mythology and history. There is more to come soon, so stay tuned!
Watch HJELVIK’s announcement (English) here:
Erlend Hjelvik – Vocals, Lyrics and Songwriting
Rob Steinway – Lead Guitar
Remi André Nygård – Rhythm Guitar
Alexis Lieu – Bass
Kevin Foley – Drums
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I had heard and enjoyed what I was able to hear from Kvelertak, I didn’t always manage to get to their shows when they invaded my beloved concert scene in NYC. It was good stuff for sure and that makes me curious about this new band that their former singer has formed. Since I love the Viking Metal side of things I’ll be looking forward to any reveals from the label as they come in to the Media Command Center. Stay tuned for that I guess and as I close this announcement up I am wondering what you all are thinking about it. Chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you next time around.