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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Thu, Mar 12 2015, SÓLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Ótta"

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

SÓLSTAFIR have announced a headlining North American tour. The month-long road-trip, which will be joined by occult rocker ANCIENT VVISDOM from Austin, Texas will kick off in Brooklyn, NY on April 22nd. A full list of confirmed tour dates including new European festival shows can be viewed below.

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US-tour with ANCIIENT WISDOM
22 Apr 15 Brooklyn, NY (US) The Shop
23 Apr 15 Montreal, QC (CA) L'ail'ze
24 Apr 15 Ottawa, ON (CA) Mavericks
25 Apr 15 Toronto, ON (CA) Garrison
26 Apr 15 Rochester, NY (US) Bug Jar
27 Apr 15 Pittsburgh, PA (US) 31st St Pub
28 Apr 15 Columbus, OH (US) Ace Of Cups
29 Apr 15 Grand Rapids, MI (US) Pyramid Scheme
30 Apr 15 Milwaukee, WI (US) tbc
01 May 15 Minneapolis, MN (US) Nether Bar
03 May 15 Chicago, IL (US) Reggies
04 May 15 Kansas City, MO (US) Riot Room
05 May 15 Denver, CO (US) Larimer
06 May 15 Salt Lake City, UT (US) Bar Deluxe
08 May 15 Spokane, WA (US) The Pin
09 May 15 Vancouver, BC (CA) Rickshaw
10 May 15 Seattle, WA (US) El Corazon
12 May 15 San Francisco, CA (US) Oakland Opera
13 May 15 Los Angeles, CA (US) Los Globos
14 May 15 Scottsdale, AZ (US) Pub Rock Live
15 May 15 Albuquerque, NM (US) Sister
16 May 15 Fort Worth, NM (US) Sons Of Hermann
17 May 15 Austin, TX (US) Red 7
18 May 15 New Orleans, LA (US) One Eyed Jacks
20 May 15 Richmond, VA (US) Strange Matter

European festivals
09 Apr 15 Tilburg (NL) O13 (Roadburn Festival)
10 Apr 15 Tilburg (NL) O13 (Roadburn Festival)
22 May 15 Leipzig (DE) Wave Gotik Treffen
13 Jun 15 Pannonia Fields (AT) Nova Rock
20 Jun 15 Halden (NO) Tons of Rock
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 - exact date tbc)
14 Aug 15 Saint Nolff (FR) Motocultor Festival

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SÓLSTAFIR are still streaming the video of their fantastic KEXP radio session here. This outstanding performance was exclusively recorded at and for the station on location in Seattle during the eclectic Icelandic rockers’ recent US tour in December 2014.

SOLSTAFIR are touring in support of their critically-acclaimed latest album, 'Otta'. The album, which has been deemed as one of Decibel Magazine's top 40 albums of 2014, and called "boundless" (Stereogum) is streaming here and 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

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
Thu, Apr 09 2015 NL Tilburg O13 Roadburn Festival
Fri, Apr 10 2015 NL Tilburg O13 Roadburn Festival
Wed, Apr 22 2015 US Brooklyn, NY The Shop +Ancient Wisdom
Thu, Apr 23 2015 CA Montreal, QC L'ail'ze +Ancient Wisdom
Fri, Apr 24 2015 CA Ottawa, ON Mavericks +Ancient Wisdom
Sat, Apr 25 2015 CA Toronto, ON Garrison +Ancient Wisdom
Sun, Apr 26 2015 US Rochester, NY Bug Jar +Ancient Wisdom
Mon, Apr 27 2015 US Pittsburgh, PA 31st St Pub +Ancient Wisdom
Tue, Apr 28 2015 US Columbus, OH Ace Of Cups +Ancient Wisdom
Wed, Apr 29 2015 US Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme +Ancient Wisdom
Thu, Apr 30 2015 US Milwaukee, WI tbc +Ancient Wisdom
Fri, May 01 2015 US Minneapolis, MN Nether Bar +Ancient Wisdom
Sun, May 03 2015 US Chicago, IL Reggies +Ancient Wisdom
Mon, May 04 2015 US Kansas City, MO Riot Room +Ancient Wisdom
Tue, May 05 2015 US Denver, CO Larimer +Ancient Wisdom
Wed, May 06 2015 US Salt Lake City, UT Bar Deluxe +Ancient Wisdom
Fri, May 08 2015 US Spokane, WA The Pin +Ancient Wisdom
Sat, May 09 2015 CA Vancouver, BC Rickshaw +Ancient Wisdom
Sun, May 10 2015 US Seattle, WA El Corazon +Ancient Wisdom
Tue, May 12 2015 US San Francisco, CA Oakland Opera +Ancient Wisdom
Wed, May 13 2015 US Los Angeles, CA Los Globos +Ancient Wisdom
Thu, May 14 2015 US Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock Live +Ancient Wisdom
Fri, May 15 2015 US Albuquerque, NM Sister +Ancient Wisdom
Sat, May 16 2015 US Fort Worth, NM Sons Of Hermann +Ancient Wisdom
Sun, May 17 2015 US Austin, TX Red 7 +Ancient Wisdom
Mon, May 18 2015 US New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks +Ancient Wisdom
Wed, May 20 2015 US Richmond, VA Strange Matter +Ancient Wisdom
Fri, May 22 2015 DE Leipzig Wave Gotik Treffen
Sat, Jun 13 2015 AT Pannonia Fields Nova Rock
Sat, Jun 20 2015 NO Halden Tons of Rock
Thu, Jul 16 2015 BE Dour Dour Festival
Fri, Jul 17 2015 DE Cuxhaven Deichbrand
Sat, Jul 18 2015 FI Joensuu Ilosaarirock
Fri, Jul 24 2015 DE Lichtenfels Ragnarock Open Air
Sat, Jul 25 2015 DE Lorrach Baden in Blut
Sun, Jul 26 2015 UK Maidstone Ramblin' Man Fair
Fri, Aug 07 2015 CZ Jaromer Fortress Josefov Brutal Assault - exact date tbc
Fri, Aug 14 2015 FR Saint Nolff Motocultor Festival
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