Kvelertak (translating to English as "stranglehold" or "chokehold") is a six-piece rock band from Stavanger, Norway formed in 2007. The group comprises vocalist Erlend Hjelvik, guitarists Vidar Landa, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad, bassist Marvin Nygaard and drummer Kjetil Gjermundrød. The band's self-titled debut album was released in 2010 and was certified gold by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for selling more than 15,000 copies.
Lyrics are written in Norwegian and concerning Norse mythology/Viking folklore. Known for their consistent, idiosyncratic sound, the band states that their main influences are rock and roll, black metal and punk. The band has been featured in the English music magazines Metal Hammer, Kerrang and Rock Sound.
In March 2011, Kvelertak was presented with two Spellemann Awards—a prestigious Norwegian music award similar to the American Grammy Award—for Best Newcomer and Best Rock Band.
The Kvelertak song "Mjød" was used as the end music for the film The Troll Hunter.
A new album from the band entitled "Meir", is due for release in March 2013 on Roadrunner Records (Sony Music Scandinavia in Scandinavia).