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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Fri, Jun 26 2015, SÓLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Ótta"

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

SÓLSTAFIR have been nominated for the Progressive Music Awards, under the Vanguard Award category! Voting is officially open, so don't forget to join in and please feel free to spread the word! The Icelanders thank Prog Magazine for this incredible recognition! You can vote here!

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On further news, SÓLSTAFIR have announced a show with ANATHEMA in Japan in addition to their recently published new European dates for this autumn. In Europe the enigmatic Icelanders will be joined by Japanese post-rockers MONO and German-Swiss musical brothers in spirit THE OCEAN. All confirmed dates including previously released festival shows can be viewed below.

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SÓLSTAFIR TOUR WITH MONO & THE OCEAN
12 Oct 15 Aarhus (DK) Voxhall
13 Oct 15 Oslo (NO) Vulkan Arena
14 Oct 15 Stockholm (SE) Debaser Medis
18 Oct 15 St. Petersburg (RU) Zhal Ozhidaniya
19 Oct 15 Moscow (RU) Volta
21 Oct 15 Vilnius (LI) New York
22 Oct 15 Warszawa (PL) Proxima
23 Oct 15 Berlin (DE) Heimathafen
24 Oct 15 Leeuwarden (NL) Into the Void Fest
26 Oct 15 Köln (DE) Live Music Hall
27 Oct 15 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
28 Oct 15 München (DE) Backstage
29 Oct 15 Bologna (IT) Locomotiv
30 Oct 15 Mezzago (IT) Bloom
31 Oct 15 Lyon (FR) CCO Villeurbanne
02 Nov 15 Toulouse (FR) Metronum
03 Nov 15 Lausanne (CH) Les Docks
04 Nov 15 Zürich (CH) Harterei
05 Nov 15 Paris (FR) Trabendo
06 Nov 15 London (UK) Electric Ballroom
07 Nov 15 Leeds (UK) Damnation Fest

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SÓLSTAFIR FESTIVAL SHOWS
20 Jun 15 Halden (NO) Tons of Rock
08 Jul 15 Neskaupstaðir (IS) Eistnaflug Festival
09 Jul 15 Neskaupstaðir (IS) Eistnaflug Festival
16 Jul 15 Dour (BE) Dour Festival
17 Jul 15 Cuxhaven (DE) Deichbrand
18 Jul 15 Joensuu (FI) Ilosaarirock
24 Jul 15 Lichtenfels (DE) Ragnarock Open Air
25 Jul 15 Lorrach (DE) Baden in Blut
26 Jul 15 Maidstone (UK) Ramblin' Man Fair
07 Aug 15 Jaromer (CZ) Fortress Josefov (Brutal Assault Festival)
14 Aug 15 Saint Nolff (FR) Motocultor Festival
31 Aug 15 Tokyo (JP) Liquidroom (+ANATHEMA)

SÓLSTAFIR are touring in support of their latest album 'Ótta', which is still available in various formats on the Season of Mist shop.

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

Line-up:
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason - guitar, vocals
Svavar Austmann - bass
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson - guitar

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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
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
Fri, Aug 07 2015 CZ Jaromer Fortress Josefov Brutal Assault - exact date tbc
Fri, Aug 14 2015 FR Saint Nolff Motocultor Festival
Mon, Aug 31 2015 JP Tokyo Liquidroom +Anathema
Mon, Oct 12 2015 DK Aarhus Voxhall +Mono +The Ocean
Tue, Oct 13 2015 NO Oslo Vulkan Arena +Mono +The Ocean
Wed, Oct 14 2015 SE Stockholm Debaser Medis +Mono +The Ocean
Sun, Oct 18 2015 RU St. Petersburg Zhal Ozhidaniya +Mono +The Ocean
Mon, Oct 19 2015 RU Moscow Volta +Mono +The Ocean
Wed, Oct 21 2015 LI Vilnius New York +Mono +The Ocean
Thu, Oct 22 2015 PL Warszawa Proxima +Mono +The Ocean
Fri, Oct 23 2015 DE Berlin Heimathafen +Mono +The Ocean
Sat, Oct 24 2015 NL Leeuwarden Into the Void Fest +Mono +The Ocean
Mon, Oct 26 2015 DE Köln Live Music Hall +Mono +The Ocean
Tue, Oct 27 2015 DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof +Mono +The Ocean
Wed, Oct 28 2015 DE München Backstage +Mono +The Ocean
Thu, Oct 29 2015 IT Bologna Locomotiv +Mono +The Ocean
Fri, Oct 30 2015 IT Mezzago Bloom +Mono +The Ocean
Sat, Oct 31 2015 FR Lyon CCO Villeurbanne +Mono +The Ocean
Mon, Nov 02 2015 FR Toulouse Metronum +Mono +The Ocean
Tue, Nov 03 2015 CH Lausanne Les Docks +Mono +The Ocean
Wed, Nov 04 2015 CH Zürich Harterei +Mono +The Ocean
Thu, Nov 05 2015 FR Paris Trabendo +Mono +The Ocean
Fri, Nov 06 2015 UK London Electric Ballroom +Mono +The Ocean
Sat, Nov 07 2015 UK Leeds Damnation Fest +Mono +The Ocean
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