Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Biography

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Music will always be inspired by the environment in which it is created. With its incredible array of highly diverse landscapes ranging from white glaciers via volcanic bizarreness, moss-green bubble-fields, deep fjords, and frost-cracked mountains to black beaches, Iceland has shaped a host of astonishingly original and fiercely individual bands such as SIGUR RÓS, BJÖRK, and SÓLSTAFIR.

SÓLSTAFIR embody the ever-turning wheel of seasons with their shifting light, darkness, and colours, extreme Northern climate, the stark contrasts, the closeness of beauty and deadly forces of nature, the impressive sceneries that have the bones of ancient gods enshrined in them like hardly any other band in every aspect of their existence.

SÓLSTAFIR are not like any other band. Their latest album, 'Berdreyminn' underscores this statement. As its title "a dreamer of forthcoming events" aptly describes, the four Icelanders have taken their already impressive evolution one step further. The band has continued to amalgamate haunting melodies, psychedelic phases, as well as strong undercurrents of classic rock and hard rock with echoes of their metal past.

Yet SÓLSTAFIR's focus is not on style but pure emotion. 'Berdreyminn' is eclectic by a conscious choice to make feelings audible and transform taste as well as texture to sound. Genre borders are not broken but simply ignored. Musical influences are gathered from a wide range of sources, re-arranged, and woven into new patterns. Melancholy, longing, anger, joy, pleasure, pain, and other emotions are fulling this album.

Despite leaning clearly towards an expression that can be described as rock today, SÓLSTAFIR have their roots in metal as their debut full-length 'Í Blóði og Anda' (2002), which translates as "In Blood and Spirit" still witnesses. Instead of today's Icelandic gravel throated siren chants, frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason spat forth vitriolic crusty vocals and all strings were forged with black metal. Already their next albums 'Masterpiece of Bitterness' (2005) and 'Köld' (2009) marked stations of a continuous evolution.

SÓLSTAFIR went further along their solitary path and obviously left any categorising box with the ground-breaking follow-ups 'Svartir Sandar' (2011) and 'Ótta' (2014), which received high critical acclaim and attracted new fans in equal measure, while managing the difficult feat of keeping most of their earlier following too.

SÓLSTAFIR have set sails to new horizons with 'Berdreyminn'. Yet the Icelanders brought their home with them and the silhouette of their vessels remains easily recognisable. Welcome aboard on a new adventurous musical journey into uncharted territories.

Line-up

Name Instrument
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason Guitar, vocals
Svavar Austmann Bass
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson Guitar
Hallgrímur Jón Hallgrímsson Drums, backing vocals

Releases Season of Mist

Som412

Berdreyminn

General information
: Fri, May 26 2017
: Fri, May 26 2017
: Icelandic Rock & Metal
: SOM412
: available

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
Sun, Mar 10 2019 UK London Queen Elizabeth Hall
Mon, Mar 11 2019 FR Paris Cafe de la Danse
Tue, Mar 12 2019 BE Antwerpen Trix
Wed, Mar 13 2019 NL Utrecht Tivoli Cloud Nine
Thu, Mar 14 2019 DE Bochum Christuskirche
Fri, Mar 15 2019 DE Nuremburg Z-Bau
Sat, Mar 16 2019 DE Berlin Apostel-Paulus-Kirche
Sun, Mar 17 2019 DE Bremen Schlachthof
Mon, Mar 18 2019 DE Aschaffenburg Colos Saal
Tue, Mar 19 2019 CH Lucerne Schuur
Wed, Mar 20 2019 IT Milan Santeria Social Club
Thu, Mar 21 2019 SI Ljubljana Kino Siska
Fri, Mar 22 2019 RS Novi Sad Novosadski Sajam
Sat, Mar 23 2019 RO Brasov Kruhnen Musik Halle
Sun, Mar 24 2019 SK Kosice Collosseum
Mon, Mar 25 2019 HU Budapest A38
Tue, Mar 26 2019 CZ Prague Palac Akropolis
Fri, May 10 2019 PL Wroclaw Into The Abyss 2019
Sat, May 11 2019 AT Vienna Vienna Metal meeting
Sat, Jul 20 2019 FI Laukaa John Smith
Sat, Aug 10 2019 DE Schlotheim Party.San 2019
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