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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Thu, Jun 15 2017, SÓLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Berdreyminn"

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

SÓLSTAFIR have entered the album charts in several countries in the first week after 'Berdreyminn' was released worldwide on May 26th. The band have also kicked off their European tour dates which can be viewed below.

It is actually hard to overstate the massive achievement of a band coming from a volcanic island close to the arctic circle in the North Atlantic midway between Europe and America that sings in Icelandic and that has evolved a highly original style of music very much their own. Excluding the multiple high scores in digital charts across all platforms worldwide and focusing on physical charts, these are the album's current results:

Finland #20 National album charts

France #121 National charts
France #2 Metal charts

Germany #30 National album charts

Sweden #8 Vinyl charts
Sweden #18 Hardrock charts

Switzerland #42 National charts

UK #39 - Top 100 independent album chart
UK #24 - Top 40 rock/metal album chart

Season of Mist congratulates SÓLSTAFIR for their well-deserved success!

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SÓLSTAFIR also kicked off the first European tour with a celebrated performance at the Download Festival in Paris last weekend. The enigmatic Icelandic rockers will continue to perform in England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and France before a final show at the Spanish edition of Download in Madrid on June 24th.

SÓLSTAFIR commented on the tour: "We are stoked to be back on the road and doing up 'n close personal club shows between summer festivals. Some of the small venues are expected to sell out fast - so better get your ticket right away."

SÓLSTAFIR tour
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
14 Sep 17 Santiago de Chile (CL) Teatro Nescafé de las Artes

SÓLSTAFIR festivals
08 Jul 17 Neskaupstaður (IS) Eistnaflug Festival
28 Jul 17 Balve (DE) Balver Höhle (Prophecy Fest)
29 Jul 17 Neuensee bei Lichtenfels (DE) Rock im Wald
11 Aug 17 Rasnov (RO) Rockstadt Extreme Fest (exact date tba)
18 Aug 17 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tba)

Sólstafir are touring in support of their recently released album 'Berdreyminn'. The cover art by Adam Burke and track-list of 'Berdreyminn' can be viewed below.

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

'Berdreyminn' can be 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
: available

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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 24 2017 ES Madrid Download Festival
Sat, Jul 08 2017 IS Neskaupstaður Eistnaflug Festival
Fri, Jul 28 2017 DE Balve Balver Höhle Prophecy Fest 2017
Sat, Jul 29 2017 DE Neuensee bei Lichtenfels Rock im Wald
Fri, Aug 11 2017 RO Rasnov Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2017 Exact date TBA
Fri, Aug 18 2017 NO Borre Midgardsblot Festival 2017 Exact date tba
Thu, Sep 14 2017 CL Santiago de Chile Teatro Nescafé de las Artes
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