Tvivler – Kilogram
The stunning new album from Denmark's post-hardcore superband Tvivler, featuring members of our favorite Lack and Children of Fall.
It took me too long to sit down and pen this review, but it was totally worth it in the end. Tvivler’s new album Kilogram grew on me a lot during the last two months and has become an integral part of my day-to-day anxiety soundtrack.
Kilogram follows Tvivler’s debut EGO, released in 2020. Before that, the band released a trilogy of concept 7-inch EPs named Negativ Psykologi (same as the band’s own record Negativ Psykologi Records) numbered #1-3 respectively. All these records have been brought out to the wide world in a DIY manner that deserves utmost respect.
Tvivler is Morten Ogstrup Nielsen (bass), Thomas Feltheim (guitar), Morten Clausen (drums) and Thomas Burø (vocals). In 2014, the band was formed on an ambition to write fast, dirty, intimate and violent music. That ambition was expressed in 2015–2017 in the form of the three EPs mentioned above.
All band members have been active on the Danish scene for a long time. Feltheim and Clausen were in the hardcore band Children of Fall and mathrock outlet Obstacles, Burø sang for Lack, and Ogstrup is still active with Town Portal. Throughout these bands the music has always been adventurous, expressive and energetic.
Tvivler features nine fresh tracks on their brand new album, which take their punchy Noise Rock-inspired sound to a whole new level. Clangy bass lines, hard hitting drums, angular guitars and rough vocals with lyrics in their native language (thankfully, the band provided translations of the lyrics).
I’ll take a special moment to acknowledge my admiration for bands that sing in languages that are not English. I know this may be a hard choice for any band that wants their message to be heard and understood throughout. But, for the sake of authenticity, more often than not using your mother tongue might as well add an intriguing quality to an already good music.
The nine tracks in Kilogram indeed just do that. The album channels inspiration from varying styles of underground rock music surfing through genres like hardcore punk, noise rock and even drone. And it works! The result is more punk than most new releases labeled punk, and it shows that at the end of the day it’s the attitude that counts, not the cliched, endlessly exploited formula.