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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Thu, Jan 15 2015, SOLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Ótta"

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

SÓLSTAFIR are 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.

The radio station enthusiastically comments: "When SÓLSTAFIR plays for KEXP, the gods take notice. Two years ago, during KEXP’s broadcast at Iceland Airwaves, hurricane-level gales swept across Reykjavik as the hard rocking band brewed up their own storm inside Kex Hostel. Last month, on their first tour of the West Coast, heavy winds followed them to the KEXP studio to perform songs from their latest LP of epic grandeur, Ótta. Call it what you will – 'viking post-metal', 'alt-doom', 'death-prog' – but SÓLSTAFIR channel power of mythic proportions in this live set."

On further news, SÓLSTAFIR have announced the first sold out shows for the second leg of their European tour, which will kick off at the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands on the 15th of January 2015. There are no further tickets available for the concerts at Paris' Nouveau Casino in France on the 27th of January and in Nantes a day later. Capacity is already running very low in Weinheim, Germany and tickets are also going fast in other places. We strongly recommend an early ticket purchase! All confirmed dates can be viewed below.

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15 Jan 15 Groningen (NL) Vera (Eurosonic Festival)
16 Jan 15 Siegen (DE) Vortex Music Club
22 Jan 15 Milton Keynes (UK) The Craufurd Arms
23 Jan 15 Bristol (UK) The Exchange
24 Jan 15 Manchester (UK) Deaf Institute
25 Jan 15 Sheffield (UK) Corporation
26 Jan 15 Brighton (UK) The Haunt
27 Jan 15 Paris (FR) Nouveau Casino (Sold out!)
28 Jan 15 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur (Sold out!)
29 Jan 15 Toulouse (FR) Dynamo
30 Jan 15 Lyon (FR) CCO Villeurbanne
31 Jan 15 Aarau (CH) Kiff
01 Feb 15 Weinheim (DE) Cafe Central (Tickets low!)
02 Feb 15 Bochum (DE) Zeche
03 Feb 15 Hamburg (DE) Uebel & Gefährlich
04 Feb 15 København (DK) Pumpehuset
05 Feb 15 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
06 Feb 15 Oslo (NO) Rockefeller (+Black Debbath)
07 Feb 15 Stockholm (SE) Debaser Medis
09 Feb 15 Jyväskylä (FI) Lutakko
10 Feb 15 Tampere (FI) Klubi
11 Feb 15 Tallinn (EE) Tapper
12 Feb 15 Riga (LV) Melna Piektdiena
13 Feb 15 Vilnius (LT) New York
14 Feb 15 Minsk (BY) Republic
15 Feb 15 Moscow (RU) Volta
16 Feb 15 St. Petersburg (RU) Zal Ozhidaniya
17 Feb 15 Athens (GR) Kyttaro
18 Feb 15 Thessaloniki (GR) Eightball Club
19 Feb 15 Sofia (BG) RockIT

SÓLSTAFIR are touring in support of their new 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

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
Sat, Jan 31 2015 CH Aarau Kiff
Sun, Feb 01 2015 DE Weinheim Cafe Central
Mon, Feb 02 2015 DE Bochum Zeche
Tue, Feb 03 2015 DE Hamburg Uebel
Wed, Feb 04 2015 DK København Pumpehuset
Thu, Feb 05 2015 SE Göteborg Sticky Fingers
Fri, Feb 06 2015 NO Oslo Rockefeller +Black Debbath
Sat, Feb 07 2015 SE Stockholm Debaser Medis
Mon, Feb 09 2015 FI Jyväskylä Lutakko
Tue, Feb 10 2015 FI Tampere Klubi
Wed, Feb 11 2015 EE Tallinn Tapper
Thu, Feb 12 2015 LV Riga Melna Piektdiena
Fri, Feb 13 2015 LT Vilnius New York
Sat, Feb 14 2015 BY Minsk Republic
Sun, Feb 15 2015 RU Moscow Volta
Mon, Feb 16 2015 RU St. Petersburg Zal Ozhidaniya
Tue, Feb 17 2015 GR Athens Kyttaro
Wed, Feb 18 2015 GR Thessaloniki Eightball Club
Thu, Feb 19 2015 BG Sofia RockIT
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