SÓLSTAFIR have come a long way. Their musical journey started in sounds as pitch black as the volcanic ashes of their Icelandic home in the year 1994 and continuously meandered into something 'different'. The band's latest releases "Masterpiece of Bitterness" (2005) and "Köld" (2009) already gained high acclaim from critics and fans alike for their unique mixture of dark Metal, psychedelic phases and eerily rocking groove. Now the quartets burgeoning creativity has been bubbling up like a hot geyser unleashing their breathtaking double album "Svartir Sandar", which takes the metamorphosis of these individualists close to perfection.
This masterpiece comes with a red hot passion like glowing magma and emotionality as stormy as the wild Northern Atlantic. Aðalbjörn Tryggvason's gritty vocals grind the soul like an Icelandic gravel field and still carry the dark melancholy of a Nordic winter night. One moment the strings soar like raging flames, the next they spiral with hypnotic force to the capturing pounding of drum and bass. Although there is a tendency of the first part "Andvari" to tend towards the psychedelic, while the second half "Gola" reveals a more rocking outlook, both belong together and never fail to amaze, astonish and surprise. What began with SÓLSTAFIR's promising 1996 EP "Til Valhallar" and their album debut "I Blodi Og Anda" (2002) now explodes into a mind blowing climax. Ride this volcano with Iceland's gnarled and twisted cowboys of Rock and Metal!