KVELERTAK will introduce its brand new singer during the band’s performance on Friday, July 20 at the Fjellparkfestivalen in Flekkefjord, Norway.
The Norwegian rockers revealed their plans to carry on just a few hours after longtime singer Erlend Hjelvik announced his departure from the group.
“We have known for a while that Erlend has planned to step down, so we have had the necessary time to plan the way going forward and also find a new vocalist for KVELERTAK,” the band said in a statement.
“The original plan was to finish up the festival season with Erlend, but as Erlend is not able to do so, we are therefore proudly announcing our newest member at the upcoming show Friday, July 20th, at Fjellparken, Norway.
“We would like to thank Erlend Hjelvik for his contribution to the band, and wish him all the best for the future.”
KVELERTAK is currently working on material for its fourth album, tentatively due in 2019.
In announcing his exit from KVELERTAK, Hjelvik said that “the experience of building a successful band has been fun and rewarding but has also been equally intense and challenging. Over the years, this has taken its toll. As we’ve been developing personally and professionally, our individual goals, needs and motivations have changed, leading us in different directions.”
“Though it is a heavy decision to leave a life I’ve been living and breathing for the last decade, I feel happy and excited to explore new possibilities for the future.
“Regrettably, due to circumstances out of my control, I am not able to perform the last four shows in Norway this summer. I apologize to the festival organizers and fans planning on these shows.
KVELERTAK‘s third album, “Nattesferd”, arrived in May 2016. The follow-up to 2013’s “Meir” was recorded live at Amper Tone Studio in Oslo, Norway (KVELERTAK‘s first effort to be recorded in the group’s homeland) and was produced by the band and mixed/engineered by Nick Terry (LINDSTRØM, TURBONEGRO, THE LIBERTINES).