Latest news: Thu, Nov 14 2013, SÓLSTAFIR
The reissue of Icelandic rock heathens SÓLSTAFIR’s debut full-length, 'Í Blóði Og Anda' ('In Blood and Spirit'), is now out everywhere. The whole album and its bonus disc, as well as the band’s magnum opus 'Svartir Sandar', are streaming at Bandcamp.
Originally released in 2002, 'Í Blóði Og Anda' ('In Blood and Spirit') is SÓLSTAFIR 's long-lost debut album. A far cry from the refined and expressive post-rock of 2011's 'Svartir Sandar', ‘Í Blóði Og Anda’ is unique and primitive black metal. The album went out-of-print almost immediately upon its release, and has been out of circulation ever since. The album is now remastered, repackaged, and includes a bonus second disc full of previously unreleased material. 'Í Blóði Og Anda' ('In Blood and Spirit') is available in a double CD and various LP formats via the Season of Mist e-shop.
SÓLSTAFIR recently announced their first US appearance as part of next year's Maryland Deathfest. Here are the band’s next festival appearances:
5/01/2014 Haugesund, NO @ Karmøgeddon Festival
5/24/2014 Maryland, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
6/07/2014 Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Rock Hard Festival
Previously, SÓLSTAFIR performed a KEXP Radio Session as part of the Iceland Airwaves Festival. The critically-acclaimed quartet's 3 song set, live at the KEXP Hostel, is available for viewing on KEXP's official YouTube channel. Additionally, SOLSTAFIR was interviewed about the performance via No Clean Singing.
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!
|Aðalbjörn Tryggvason||Guitar, Vocals|
|Guðmundur Óli Pálmason||Drums|
|Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson||Guitar|
Releases Season of Mist
|Thu, May 01 2014||NO||Haugesund||ByScenen||Karmøgeddon Festival|
|Sat, May 24 2014||US||Baltimore, MD||Maryland Death Fest||Exact date tbc|
|Thu, May 29 2014||DE||Geiselwind||Out||Exact date tbc|
|Sat, Jun 07 2014||DE||Gelsenkirchen||Rock Hard Festival||Exact date tbc|
|Sat, Jun 21 2014||FR||Clisson||Hellfest Open Air||Exact date tbc|
|Fri, Aug 08 2014||DE||Schlotheim||Party.San Open Air||Exact date tbc|