Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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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

Som412

Berdreyminn

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

Som331

Ótta

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

Som316

Í Blóði Og Anda

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

Som247

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
Mon, Nov 13 2017 FI Helsinki Tavastia Bar
Tue, Nov 14 2017 RU Moscow Volta
Wed, Nov 15 2017 RU St. Peterburg Club Zal
Fri, Nov 17 2017 UK London Heaven +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Sat, Nov 18 2017 NL Leeuwarden Neushoorn +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Sun, Nov 19 2017 FR Lille Maison Folie Beaulieu +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Mon, Nov 20 2017 FR Paris Alhambra +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Tue, Nov 21 2017 FR Rennes Antipode MJC +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Thu, Nov 23 2017 ES Bilbao Santana27 +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Fri, Nov 24 2017 ES Madrid Caracol +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Sat, Nov 25 2017 ES Barcelona Razzmatazz2 +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Sun, Nov 26 2017 FR Marseille Jas Rod +Árstíðir
Mon, Nov 27 2017 CH Aarau Kiff +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Tue, Nov 28 2017 IT Milano Circolo Magnolia +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Wed, Nov 29 2017 DE München Theaterfabrik +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Thu, Nov 30 2017 AT Salzburg Rockhouse +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Fri, Dec 01 2017 IT Bologna Locomotiv +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Sat, Dec 02 2017 HR Zagreb Cultura Factory +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Mon, Dec 04 2017 RS Belgrade Dom Omladine +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Tue, Dec 05 2017 RO Bucuresti Quantic Club +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Wed, Dec 06 2017 RO Cluj-Napoca Form Space +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Thu, Dec 07 2017 HU Budapest A38 +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Fri, Dec 08 2017 AT Wien Arena +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Sun, Dec 10 2017 PL Krakow Kwadrat +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Mon, Dec 11 2017 CZ Praha Roxy +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Tue, Dec 12 2017 DE Berlin Heimathafen +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Wed, Dec 13 2017 DE Köln Kantine +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Thu, Dec 14 2017 DE Osnabrück Rosenhof +Árstíðir
Fri, Dec 15 2017 NL Rotterdam maasSilo +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Sat, Dec 16 2017 BE Bruxelles VK +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Sun, Dec 17 2017 DE Hamburg Gruenspan +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Mon, Dec 18 2017 DK København Pumpehuset +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Tue, Dec 19 2017 NO Oslo Parkteateret +Árstíðir +Myrkur
Wed, Dec 20 2017 SE Stockholm Debaser Strand +Árstíðir +Myrkur
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