Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mar 26, 2013
    90
    Meir is an album that will be regarded with such reverence that it’ll be a marker for other acts’ work to be compared to in the future.
  2. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Meir is bigger, bolder and broader in its sweep and scale. [May 2013, p.91]
  3. Mar 26, 2013
    80
    They expand upon the thrills of the last record with acerbic aplomb, catching us unaware with hooks and then relentlessly, lovingly, plugging away at the daily, death-y grind.
  4. Mar 26, 2013
    80
    Kvelertak feel as though they are right on the verge of something extraordinary, as they explore the limits of their very successful aesthetic with Meir.
  5. Kerrang!
    Apr 12, 2013
    80
    Kvelertak play rock'n'roll that's been distilled to its purest sense. [23 Mar 2013, p.53]
  6. Apr 8, 2013
    90
    It might not be new any more, but it’s still formidably potent.
  7. Mar 26, 2013
    72
    While there are no outright duds, the less memorable material can't quite measure up, lending the album a certain almost-there feel.
  8. 70
    Meir is a highly enjoyable record from a band who has already carved out their own niche in the metal scene.
  9. Q Magazine
    Apr 30, 2013
    80
    It's ridiculous and a lot of fun. [Apr 2013, p.100]
  10. Mar 26, 2013
    80
    It’s weird, it’s creepy, it’s unstable, but man, there’s art here, something that few bands can boast.
  11. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    They're still wildly unpredictable--and still committed to not singing in English--but the dichotomy between the adrenaline rushes and chill-out moments seems a bit more purposeful.
  12. Mar 26, 2013
    84
    On Meir, Kvelertak prove that it's actually okay to play happy metal without appearing saccharine or contrived.
  13. Mar 27, 2013
    80
    Nobody could question the fact that these guys mean it with every fibre of their being, and Meir is music to make Norway proud; a new majestic fanfare to welcome hog-riding warriors into Valhalla.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Apr 4, 2013
    10
    Sure to be the heavy record of the year. Easily the best since Pallbearer's Sorrow & Distinction.
    It's a slight evolution away from black
    Sure to be the heavy record of the year. Easily the best since Pallbearer's Sorrow & Distinction.
    It's a slight evolution away from black metal towards hardcore.
    This is one of the rare metal records that manage to be brutal yet also strangely uplifting.
    CANNOT wait to see them in Pittsburgh 4/23!
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