Vreid's Jarle Hváll Kvåle: My Favorite Motörhead Song | Revolver

Vreid's Jarle Hváll Kvåle: My Favorite Motörhead Song

Norwegian black-metal bassist hails standout from "king of rock & roll" Lemmy
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Motörhead occupy rarefied air in the heavy-music world. Led by the inimitable Lemmy Kilmister, they emerged out of London's early Seventies heavy-psych, space-rock scene (epitomized by Lem's acid-drenched previous band Hawkwind) and quickly secured their mythical reputation as speed-fueled, road-worn rock & roll icons thanks to their tireless touring and god-tier songs like "Ace of Spades," "Overkill" and more.

Motörhead's uncompromising outlaw spirit and singular hard-hitting sound appealed to punks, NWOBHM fanatics, thrash kids and beyond — and many of these fans would go on to become rock stars themselves, including the Metallica guys, Max Cavalera, Lzzy Hale and Dave Grohl to name just a few. For 40 years, from their 1975 formation and 1977 self-titled debut to 2015's swansong Bad Magic, Lemmy led his band through all types of ups and downs … but Motörhead never let up, until the day Lemmy passed away on December 28th, 2015 (only weeks after he performed his final live show).

Motörhead left the world with so many great songs that continue to inspire generations of heavy-music fans — including Jarle Hváll Kvåle of Norwegian black-metal outfit Vreid. Below, the bassist sounds off on his favorite Motörhead song.


We formed a band even before we knew how to play. In 1993 we started Ulcus — the predecessor to our Windir period and eventually Vreid. So, we went to this local youth rehearsal place for the first time to rehearse. The teacher there wanted us to kick off with a Jimmy Hendrix song, but that was out of the question. We came with a mission, we wanted to play "Orgasmatron" by Motörhead, amps to 11 and never look back. The influence of Lemmy and Motörhead is not possible to describe. Lemmy is the king of rock & roll and his legacy will live forever. I got to see him in his natural habitats on stage and at the Rainbow and I treasure those moments forever.