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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Thu, Sep 11 2014, SOLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Ótta"

Release date: Fri, Aug 29 2014, US Tue, Sep 02 2014

Season of Mist proudly congratulate Sólstafir for their epic new masterpiece 'Ótta' to enter the album charts in several countries in week #36. So far these positions have been reported: Iceland #1! Finland #2 and Germany #25! As well as Switzerland #64 and Austria #65!

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  1. Lágnætti
  2. Ótta
  3. Rismál
  4. Dagmál
  5. Miðdegi
  6. Nón
  7. Miðaftann
  8. Náttmál

‘Ótta’ is available as on the Season of Mist shop.

A 2-track EP was released earlier early August as a Season of Mist e-shop exclusive. Including non-album track “Til Valhallar” and a radio mix of “Ótta”, this 7” vinyl EP is available in black edition and silver edition, both strictly limited to 500 copies. There are few copies left, don’t miss out!

SÓLSTAFIR previously announced a string of European tour dates this autumn. See the list below.

28 Oct 14 Cork (IE) Cyprus Avenue
29 Oct 14 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
30 Oct 14 Glasgow (UK) Audio
31 Oct 14 London (UK) The Dome
01 Nov 14 Leeds (UK) Damnation Festival
04 Nov 14 Colmar (FR) Grillen
05 Nov 14 Luzern (CH) Schuur
06 Nov 14 München (DE) Strom
07 Nov 14 Stuttgart (DE) 1210
08 Nov 14 Frankfurt (DE) Nachtleben
09 Nov 14 Köln (DE) Werkstatt
10 Nov 14 Antwerp (BE) Trix
11 Nov 14 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
12 Nov 14 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
13 Nov 14 Bielefeld (DE) Forum
14 Nov 14 Berlin (DE) K17
15 Nov 14 Wangels (DE) Weißenhäuser Strand (Metal Hammer Paradise)
17 Nov 14 Warszawa (PL) Hydrozagadka
18 Nov 14 Wien (AT) Viper Room
19 Nov 14 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
21 Nov 14 Graz (AT) Explosiv
22 Nov 14 Innsbruck (AT) Weekender Club

SOLSTAFIR recently performed at this year's Hellfest in Clisson, FR. Pro-shot footage of the band's entire set can be viewed here.

Biography

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SÓLSTAFIR are different. Their unique blend of metal with beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and a strong undercurrent of classic / hard rock comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the landscapes of their native Iceland. Their fifth full-length "Ótta" is the logical continuation of the musical course this four-piece adopted on the highly acclaimed forerunner "Svartir Sandar" (2011). Expect the unexpected, such as seduction by subtle strings or a hypnotic banjo. None of this was apparent when SÓLSTAFIR released their album debut "Í Blóði og Anda", which translates as 'In Blood and Spirit' in 2002. Instead of today's Icelandic gravel throated siren chants, frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason spit forth vitriolic crust-like vocals and the ripping guitars were clearly black metal inspired. Yet the band was as clearly identifiable back then as now and along their way with the next albums "Masterpiece of Bitterness" (2005) and "Köld" (2009) introducing new elements in a continuous evolution. SÓLSTAFIR's music is as much the product of Arctic blizzards as of red hot volcanic magma, erupting geysers, lush green pastures, and salty waves. With "Ótta" the Icelanders touch something ancient and timeless, while defying easy categorisation. This album needs to be heard again and again to peel back layers of details, each different and yet always revealing the same: great songs – all of them. The song titles of "Ótta" form a concept based on an old Icelandic system of time keeping similar to the monastic hours called "Eykt" ("eight"). The 24 hour day was divided into 8 parts of 3 hours each. The album starts at midnight, the beginning of "Lágnætti" ("low night"), continues through each Eyktir of the day and ends with "Náttmál" ("nighttime") from 21:00 to 0:00. This form of time keeping is more open than the relentless ticking of modern times, where each second is made to count, which turns humanity into cocks of the corporate clockwork. Now SÓLSTAFIR give you the antidote. Just lean back, close your eyes, take your time and lose yourself in this masterpiece called "Ótta"!

Line-up

Name Instrument
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason Guitar, Vocals
Guðmundur Óli Pálmason Drums
Svavar Austmann Bass
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson Guitar

Releases Season of Mist

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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
Wed, Oct 01 2014 IS Reykjavik Iceland Film Festival
Tue, Oct 28 2014 IE Cork Cyprus Avenue
Wed, Oct 29 2014 IE Dublin Voodoo Lounge
Thu, Oct 30 2014 UK Glasgow Audio
Fri, Oct 31 2014 UK London The Dome +Obsidian Kingdom
Sat, Nov 01 2014 UK Leeds Damnation Festival +Obsidian Kingdom
Tue, Nov 04 2014 FR Colmar Grillen +Obsidian Kingdom
Wed, Nov 05 2014 CH Luzern Schuur +Obsidian Kingdom
Thu, Nov 06 2014 DE München Strom +Obsidian Kingdom
Fri, Nov 07 2014 DE Stuttgart 1210 +Obsidian Kingdom
Sat, Nov 08 2014 DE Frankfurt Nachtleben +Obsidian Kingdom
Sun, Nov 09 2014 DE Köln Werkstatt +Obsidian Kingdom
Mon, Nov 10 2014 BE Antwerp Trix +Obsidian Kingdom
Tue, Nov 11 2014 NL Rotterdam Baroeg +Obsidian Kingdom
Wed, Nov 12 2014 NL Nijmegen Doornroosje +Obsidian Kingdom
Thu, Nov 13 2014 DE Bielefeld Forum +Obsidian Kingdom
Fri, Nov 14 2014 DE Berlin K17 +Obsidian Kingdom
Sat, Nov 15 2014 DE Wangels Ferienpark Weißenhäuser Strand Metal Hammer Paradise
Mon, Nov 17 2014 PL Warszawa Hydrozagadka +Obsidian Kingdom
Tue, Nov 18 2014 AT Wien Viper Room +Obsidian Kingdom
Wed, Nov 19 2014 HU Budapest Dürer Kert +Obsidian Kingdom
Fri, Nov 21 2014 AT Graz Explosiv +Obsidian Kingdom
Sat, Nov 22 2014 AT Innsbruck Weekender Club +Obsidian Kingdom
Mon, Nov 24 2014 FR Luynes Le Korigan +Obsidian Kingdom
Tue, Nov 25 2014 ES Barcelona Razzmatazz 3 +Obsidian Kingdom
Wed, Nov 26 2014 ES Madrid Caracol +Obsidian Kingdom
Thu, Nov 27 2014 PT Lisboa RCA Club +Obsidian Kingdom
Fri, Nov 28 2014 PT Porto Hard Club +Obsidian Kingdom
Tue, Dec 02 2014 US Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory +Pallbearer +Mortals
Wed, Dec 03 2014 US Albuquerque, NM Sister Bar +Pallbearer +Mortals
Thu, Dec 04 2014 US Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom +Pallbearer +Mortals
Fri, Dec 05 2014 US Los Angeles, CA The Roxy +Pallbearer +Mortals
Sat, Dec 06 2014 US San Diego, CA Soda Bar +Pallbearer +Mortals
Sun, Dec 07 2014 US San Fransisco, CA Bottom of the Hill +Pallbearer +Mortals
Tue, Dec 09 2014 US Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater +Pallbearer +Mortals
Wed, Dec 10 2014 CA Vancouver, BC Biltmore +Pallbearer +Mortals
Thu, Dec 11 2014 US Seattle, WA Barboza +Pallbearer +Mortals
Fri, Dec 12 2014 US Boise, ID The Shredder +Pallbearer +Mortals
Sat, Dec 13 2014 US Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court +Pallbearer +Mortals
Sun, Dec 14 2014 US Denver, CO Bluebird Theater +Pallbearer +Mortals
Tue, Dec 16 2014 US Kansas City, MO The Riot Room +Pallbearer +Mortals
Wed, Dec 17 2014 US Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock +Pallbearer +Mortals
Thu, Dec 18 2014 US Chicago, IL Subterranean +Pallbearer +Mortals
Fri, Dec 19 2014 US St. Louis, MO Firebird +Pallbearer +Mortals
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