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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Mon, Feb 02 2015, SOLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Ótta"

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

SÓLSTAFIR have announced that their regular drummer, Guðmundur "Gummi" Óli Pálmason, will not be performing during their upcoming shows. He will be replaced by Karl Petur Smith during this period.

The Icelanders comment: "Today we're in Milton Keynes ready to kick off the second leg of our European tour. It is with great sadness that we need to report to you that Gummi will not be joining us on this tour due to personal reasons. We'd prefer to leave it at that and ask that you please respect our privacy in this matter and refrain from all questions, speculations and internet rumors. We will follow up when the time is right, but for now, we're very excited to have a brilliant drummer by the name of Karl Petur Smith joining us for these shows. His extensive musical background includes playing with such acts as Rusty Anderson, Jason Falkner and Bubbi Morthens. Can't wait to see all of your faces out there!"

SÓLSTAFIR will not comment further on this topic during their ongoing tour. All remaining dates can be viewed below. Several shows have already sold out and places are running low on others. We strongly recommend to get your tickets early:

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30 Jan 15 Lyon (FR) CCO Villeurbanne
31 Jan 15 Aarau (CH) Kiff
01 Feb 15 Weinheim (DE) Cafe Central (sold out!)
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
Fri, Aug 07 2015 CZ Jaromer Fortress Josefov Brutal Assault - exact date tbc
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