Vocalist Erlend Hjelvik left Kvelertak in 2019, but is far from done with his musical career. Hjelvik is back with his solo project appropriately-titled Hjelvik, and has announced his debut album Welcome to Hel for November 20. You can stream Hjelvik's debut single "North Tsar" right now alongside a music video that explores Viking and Norse mythology.
"It was a cool experience," said Hjelvik. "The day corona restrictions lifted, I took the first flight from Norway to Poland and we shot the whole video in one day in a Viking village called Jomsborg. Grupa13 did an excellent job with their team, including well-trained Viking re-enactors, an amazing SFX crew and even brought in wolves and a huge raven. It was an intense and efficient shoot. It felt crazy to be standing in the middle of a Viking battle while performing my song, especially since the village was open to tourists who appeared midway through to stand there, gawk and take selfies… making the experience slightly more bizarre! Nonetheless, I had a great time and I'm extremely pleased with the result!"
Pre-order Welcome to Hel here.