Originally Posted by Pritolus
Can't believe I didn't bother to check out Kvelertak before now. Being norwegian I've heard them mentioned a lot, but I never checked them out until they started showing up in the "what are you listening to right now?" thread here.
Part of it is of course that until recently I didn't use music streaming services (like spotify), and all the music I listened to was CD I bought. Also, before I got my D7000s I haven't listened to that much music at home...
Another thing is the fact that they sing in norwegian (particularly the loathed "nynorsk"), and I don't really like the norwegian language. To the patriotic american it must seem strange that I would prefer anything over my "mothers tongue", but the fact is that a lot of things that sound cool in english just sound terribly lame in norwegian. This is the main reason so many norwegian bands sing in english, and I think this goes for the danes and swedish (name an awesome swedish band that actually sing in swedish!) as well, as the three languages are very similar. We also have horrible translators, so I prefer my movies in original English without subtitles. Luckily, we're no fans of dubbing (a practice I absolutely loathe), and only childrens shows and movies are ever dubbed in Norwegian. The rest is subbed, but often badly.
The reason I think Kvelertak works for me is the fact that I can't hear the lyrics Though what I can hear I don't like.
I recently tried out the band Staahl and their debut album Rambokniv. They are heavily influenced by Rammstein, and have very pronounced lyrics. I liked the music, but the lyrics really put me off. Staahl also sing in "nynorsk" ('new norwegian') which make them all the less (is this an actual expression?) interesting to me. I won't get into the whole bokmål vs. nynorsk thing, as it's a whole other (and very long) story. The bottom line is that in Norway we have two different written languages (bokmål being by far the most common), and we're forced to learn both even though they're so similar that understanding isn't an issue (but grammar is). This tends to cause strong dislike for the one not used where you grew up. So much so that I (and many others) would like to see nynorsk completely disbanded.
I found your post very interesting. So much great metal comes from Scandinavia. I've always been impressed with the ability many Europeans have being multi lingual, whereas, most of us in the U.S. only speak English. I'm not a musician, but I would think it would be quite a challenge to write lyrics in a second language. I've often wondered why. I figured it was for economic market based reasons.
I can think several albums such as Kvelertak, Enslaved's Frost, a couple of Dark Throne song's from Tr. Hunger and and Taake's Noregs Vaapen (which I thought was an excellent BM) that were not recorded in English and sound great. I think that first Kvelertak album works especially well in a different language. It's just so much fun to listen to.