Erlend Hjelvik (YELL-vik) is a metal composer, lyricist, and vocalist from Vikedal, Norway.
In 2006, Erlend co-founded Kvelertak, the genre-defying rock & metal band known for its high-energy live shows and led by the owl-headed frontman’s savage vocals, performance, and lyrics.
Erlend released three albums with Kvelertak: Kvelertak (self-titled) in 2010, Meir in 2013, and Nattesferd in 2016.
When with Kvelertak, he toured worldwide with bands like Mastodon (2014), Alice in Chains and Metallica (2014), Slayer (2015), Ghost (2017), and again with Metallica (2017/18). During Erlend’s tenure, Kvelertak earned four Norwegian Spellemann awards – akin to an American Grammy.
Despite the growing success, in summer 2018, Erlend shocked the music world when he left Kvelertak.
And so, for two years now, he has quietly readied HJELVIK.