Kvelertak: Manchester Roadhouse – live review


Manchester Roadhouse

25th Nov 2011

Serious shit.

Proper serious shit.

There’s some proper action going on here. Some real gonzoid rock n roll. A Norwegian band who totally understand the fundamentals and are cranking them to the max.

The band are on their first club tour of the UK and the grimy subterranean surroundings of the Roadhouse suit them perfectly.

This is AC/DC on steroids.

Bump n grind riffola and incessant raw power. There’s lots of hair and tattoos and sweat. This is rock. Not watered down for the mainstream, just loud, powerful and thrilling. Like AC/DC they understand that the power of rock is bigger than anything. AC/DC have the second best selling a lbum of all time- more than the Beatles and only just behind Michael Jackson and they did it on heir own terms without having to grovel to the warped media vision of music.

Kvelertak understand this.

Lots of bands mine this incessant noisy seam but few manage to do it this well. The band are just louder, dirti erand heavier than anyone else who dares to go there.
From Norway, the band have that Scandaniaian understanding of the power of rock n roll. There’s a touch of punk rock in the intensity and the energy, there is even a touch of black metal in their underlying darkness. There is a twist of all the great AC/DC in their stripped down assault, that understanding of making the simple, well, er, simple.

Kvelertak are the best upcoming rock n roll band in the world right now. They won’t be playing at this level much longer and they will be dominating the festivals this summer. You have to be very smart to play rock n roll this simple, like the Ramones this is everything stripped down to the fundamentals.

If you love your music dirty, heavy and exciting, I urge you to check them out now.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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