2020 Best of Metal: #12 Kvelertak-Splid

Release date: February 14, 2020

Origin: Stavanger, Norway

Personnel: Ivar Nikolaisen-vox, Vidar Landa-guitar, Maciek Ofstad-guitar, Bjarte Lund Rolland-guitar/piano/sax, Marvin Nygaard-bass/percussion, Havard Takle Ohr-drums

First album out with new vocalist Ivar Nikolaisen. There’s really no discernable difference in his delivery compared with prior singer Erlend Hjelvik. You’ve got that weird blend of punk and black ‘n’ roll that Kvelertak has perfected. It’s just crazy infectious Norwegian shenanigans. Just catchy as hell and puts a little spring in my step every time I listen to this album. See if you don’t catch yourself doing all sorts of moshing around your room while spinning this one.

4 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

12. Kvelertak-Splid
13. King Buffalo-Dead Star
14. Sylosis-Cycle of Suffering
15. Kirk Windstein-Dream in Motion
16. Oranssi Pazuzu-Mestarin Kynsi
17. Forming the Void-Reverie
18. Lamb of God-Lamb of God
19. Demons and Wizards-III
20. Killer Be Killed-Reluctant Hero

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