Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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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

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
Tue, Sep 01 2015 JP Tokyo Liquid Room +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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