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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Thu, Dec 04 2014, SOLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Ótta"

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

SÓLSTAFIR have kicked off their US tour this week. The enigmatic Icelandic rockers are touring the Western US with support from PALLBEARER and MORTALS. A list of all remaining tour dates can be found below.

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04 Dec 14 Phoenix, AZ (US) Crescent Ballroom
05 Dec 14 Los Angeles, CA (US) The Roxy
06 Dec 14 San Diego, CA (US) Soda Bar
07 Dec 14 San Fransisco, CA (US) Bottom of the Hill
09 Dec 14 Portland, OR (US) Hawthorne Theater
10 Dec 14 Vancouver, BC (CA) Biltmore
11 Dec 14 Seattle, WA (US) Barboza
12 Dec 14 Boise, ID (US) The Shredder
13 Dec 14 Salt Lake City UT (US) Kilby Court
14 Dec 14 Denver, CO (US) Bluebird Theater
16 Dec 14 Kansas City, MO (US) The Riot Room
17 Dec 14 Minneapolis, MN (US) Triple Rock
18 Dec 14 Chicago, IL (US) Subterranean
19 Dec 14 St. Louis, MO (US) Firebird

SÓLSTAFIR are touring in support of their new full-length 'Ótta'. The album, which has made Decibel's top 40 albums of 2014, is streaming here and is available in various formats via 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, Jan 22 2015 UK Milton Keynes The Craufurd Arms
Fri, Jan 23 2015 UK Bristol The Exchange
Sat, Jan 24 2015 UK Manchester Deaf Institute
Sun, Jan 25 2015 UK Sheffield Corporation
Mon, Jan 26 2015 UK Brighton The Haunt
Tue, Jan 27 2015 FR Paris Nouveau Casino
Wed, Jan 28 2015 FR Nantes Le Ferrailleur
Thu, Jan 29 2015 FR Toulouse Dynamo
Fri, Jan 30 2015 FR Lyon CCO Villeurbanne
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 LT Riga Melna Piektdiena
Fri, Feb 13 2015 LV Vilnius New York
Sat, Feb 14 2015 RU Minsk Republic
Sun, Feb 15 2015 RU Moscow Volta
Mon, Feb 16 2015 RU St. Petersburg Zal Ozhidaniya
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