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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Mon, Mar 27 2017, SÓLSTAFIR

Upcoming release: "Berdreyminn"

Release date: Fri, May 26 2017, US Fri, May 26 2017

SÓLSTAFIR have revealed the second heavy rocking track taken from their forthcoming full-length 'Berdreyminn'. The new masterpiece of the enigmatic Icelanders will be released on May 26th.

The song "Bláfjall" is now exclusively streaming via the official premiere partners listed below.

Heavy Mag (AU) [LIEN ] Spark (CZ)
Rock Hard (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Kaaoszine (FI)
Radio Metal (FR)
Metalpaths (GR)
Kronos Mortus (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Albumm (IS)
Rock Hard (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Eternal Terror (NO)
Kvlt (PL)
Ultraje (PT)
Metalfan (RO)
Terrorizer (UK)
Brooklyn Vegan (US)
Invisible Oranges (US)

SÓLSTAFIR frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments in a personal statement: "The meaning of 'Bláfjall' is blue – as in a black, black mountain, and it revolves around man's battle against his own mind and those inner demons that often lead to self-destruction and harming one's loved ones. I have myself struggled with alcoholism and it remains a never-ending battle and continuously walking further up a mountain in foggy darkness. But this is also about hope, because there is a way out, but you have to grab that rope when it comes swinging towards you and hold on to it as tight as you can. Everybody can end up lost on the black mountain, or 'Bláfjall' in this case."

SÓLSTAFIR have already released the cover art by Adam Burke and track-list of 'Berdreyminn', which can both be viewed below.

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  2. Ísafold
  3. Hula
  4. Nárós
  5. Hvít Sæng
  6. Dýrafjörður
  7. Ambátt
  8. Bláfjall

SÓLSTAFIR have previously announced their first European tour in support of their forthcoming full-length 'Beyrdreyminn' (out May 26th) in June. A list of all currently confirmed shows including festival appearances can be viewed below.

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SÓLSTAFIR tour
10 Jun 17 Paris (FR) Download Festival
11 Jun 17 Brighton (UK) The Haunt
12 Jun 17 Colchester (UK) Arts Centre
13 Jun 17 Leeds (UK) Brudenell Social Club
14 Jun 17 London (UK) Old Blue Last
15 Jun 17 Breda (NL) Mezz
16 Jun 17 Dessel (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting
17 Jun 17 Utrecht (NL) Tivoli de Helling
18 Jun 17 Hannover (DE) Musikzentrum
19 Jun 17 Dresden (DE) Beatpol
20 Jun 17 Karlsruhe (DE) Jubez
21 Jun 17 Colmar (FR) Fete de la Musique
22 Jun 17 Lyon (FR) CCO Villeurbanne
23 Jun 17 Toulouse (FR) Rex
24 Jun 17 Madrid (ES) Download Festival

SÓLSTAFIR festival
07 Jul 17 Neskaupstaður (IS) Eistnaflug Festival 2017
29 Jul 17 Neuensee bei Lichtenfels (DE) Rock im Wald 2017
18 Aug 17 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival 2017

'Berdreyminn' can now be pre-ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop.

Join SÓLSTAFIR on their official Facebook page!

Biography

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Music will always be inspired by the environment in which it is created. With its incredible array of highly diverse landscapes ranging from white glaciers via volcanic bizarreness, moss-green bubble-fields, deep fjords, and frost-cracked mountains to black beaches, Iceland has shaped a host of astonishingly original and fiercely individual bands such as SIGUR RÓS, BJÖRK, and SÓLSTAFIR.

SÓLSTAFIR embody the ever-turning wheel of seasons with their shifting light, darkness, and colours, extreme Northern climate, the stark contrasts, the closeness of beauty and deadly forces of nature, the impressive sceneries that have the bones of ancient gods enshrined in them like hardly any other band in every aspect of their existence.

SÓLSTAFIR are not like any other band. Their latest album, 'Berdreyminn' underscores this statement. As its title "a dreamer of forthcoming events" aptly describes, the four Icelanders have taken their already impressive evolution one step further. The band has continued to amalgamate haunting melodies, psychedelic phases, as well as strong undercurrents of classic rock and hard rock with echoes of their metal past.

Yet SÓLSTAFIR's focus is not on style but pure emotion. 'Berdreyminn' is eclectic by a conscious choice to make feelings audible and transform taste as well as texture to sound. Genre borders are not broken but simply ignored. Musical influences are gathered from a wide range of sources, re-arranged, and woven into new patterns. Melancholy, longing, anger, joy, pleasure, pain, and other emotions are fulling this album.

Despite leaning clearly towards an expression that can be described as rock today, SÓLSTAFIR have their roots in metal as their debut full-length 'Í Blóði og Anda' (2002), which translates as "In Blood and Spirit" still witnesses. Instead of today's Icelandic gravel throated siren chants, frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason spat forth vitriolic crusty vocals and all strings were forged with black metal. Already their next albums 'Masterpiece of Bitterness' (2005) and 'Köld' (2009) marked stations of a continuous evolution.

SÓLSTAFIR went further along their solitary path and obviously left any categorising box with the ground-breaking follow-ups 'Svartir Sandar' (2011) and 'Ótta' (2014), which received high critical acclaim and attracted new fans in equal measure, while managing the difficult feat of keeping most of their earlier following too.

SÓLSTAFIR have set sails to new horizons with 'Berdreyminn'. Yet the Icelanders brought their home with them and the silhouette of their vessels remains easily recognisable. Welcome aboard on a new adventurous musical journey into uncharted territories.

Line-up

Name Instrument
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason Guitar, vocals
Svavar Austmann Bass
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson Guitar
Hallgrímur Jón Hallgrímsson Drums, backing vocals

Releases Season of Mist

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Berdreyminn

General information
: Fri, May 26 2017
: Fri, May 26 2017
: Icelandic Rock & Metal
: SOM412

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Ótta

General information
: Fri, Aug 29 2014
: Tue, Sep 02 2014
: Icelandic Heathen Metal
: SOM331
: available

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Í Blóði Og Anda

General information
: Fri, Nov 08 2013
: Tue, Nov 12 2013
: Icelandic Viking Metal
: SOM316
: available

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Svartir Sandar

General information
: Fri, Oct 14 2011
: Tue, Oct 18 2011
: Iceland Heathen Metal
: SOM247
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Sat, Jun 10 2017 FR Paris Download Festival
Sun, Jun 11 2017 UK Brighton The Haunt
Mon, Jun 12 2017 UK Colchester Arts Centre
Tue, Jun 13 2017 UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wed, Jun 14 2017 UK London Old Blue Last
Thu, Jun 15 2017 NL Breda Mezz
Fri, Jun 16 2017 BE Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting
Sat, Jun 17 2017 NL Utrecht Tivoli de Helling
Sun, Jun 18 2017 DE Hannover Musikzentrum
Mon, Jun 19 2017 DE Dresden Beatpol
Tue, Jun 20 2017 DE Karlsruhe Jubez
Wed, Jun 21 2017 FR Colmar Fete de la Musique
Thu, Jun 22 2017 FR Lyon CCO Villeurbanne
Fri, Jun 23 2017 FR Toulouse Rex
Sat, Jun 24 2017 ES Madrid Download Festival
Fri, Jul 07 2017 IS Neskaupstaður Eistnaflug Festival Exact date tba
Sat, Jul 29 2017 DE Neuensee bei Lichtenfels Rock im Wald
Fri, Aug 18 2017 NO Borre Midgardsblot Festival 2017 Exact date tba
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