Kvelertak, Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster, Gaza | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Kvelertak, Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster, Gaza Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Wed., Oct. 26, 9:30 p.m. 2011

The Norwegian sextet Kvelertak (translation: "choke hold") has a sound that's so flawlessly intuitive, I kind of wonder why the world isn't already overrun with it—yes, we do need more hardcore-inflected Camaro rock with black-metal-inspired Vikings-for-Satan themes. Though the lyrics from their self-titled debut on Indie Recordings are all in Norwegian, the user-generated site Darklyrics.com informs me that "Mjød" ("mead") contains the refrain "Odin kicka assen hans," which seems perfectly clear to me. The band's suitably aggressive and nasty-sounding for sure, but their sense of timing and when to get punchy with their raw riffing is so hooky and accessible that they can't help but come off as almost cheerful and friendly. Probably a Pavlovian response, but anyone who's having trouble mustering the energy to pump fists, party, or exceed the speed limit properly these days could do a lot worse than to use Kvelertak as a tonic for a sagging hell-raise gland. —Monica Kendrick Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster, and Gaza open

Price: $12

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