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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Tue, Nov 29 2016, SÓLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Ótta"

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

SÓLSTAFIR have released a new video for the track "Dagmál", which has been taken from the band's latest full-length 'Ótta'. The enigmatic Icelandic rockers are also releasing statements about their re-signing to Season of Mist and the recording of their forthcoming new album.

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"Dagmál" is exclusively streaming with the official media partners listed below.

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SÓLSTAFIR comment on the video: "The album cycle of 'Ótta' is coming to a close with a third and final video for the song, 'Dagmál'. The live footage for this clip was shot over the course of 18 months of heavy touring. The video features our newest band member, Hallgrímur 'Grimsi' Hallgrímsson, who started filling in behind the kit in April 2015."

On further news, Season of Mist are proud to announce the re-signing of SÓLSTAFIR. The band states: "With our previous contract coming to an end, we have had plenty of great offers on the table for which we are grateful. Yet, why should we end a good thing? The entire team works brilliantly together and everyone involved decided that continuing is the logical step moving forward."

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Yesterday also marked the start of the third week of SÓLSTAFIR recording their new album. Vocalist and guitarist Aðalbjörn "Addi" Tryggvason comments on behalf of the band: "We are back here at Sundlaugin for the third time to record our seventh album. We feel right at home and after being locked up in songwriting mode for two months, it is a one of a kind feeling hearing the demos gaining life. We have fourteen songs recorded, including one cover version, but at the moment it is too early to tell what will end up on the album. The new album will definitely sound like SÓLSTAFIR and as always, there will be surprises too."

'Ótta' can still be ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop.

Join SÓLSTAFIR on their official Facebook page!

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
Svavar Austmann Bass
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson Guitar
Hallgrímur 'Grimsi' Hallgrímsson Drums

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

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
Fri, Jun 23 2017 ES Madrid Download Festival Exact date TBA
Fri, Jul 07 2017 IS Neskaupstaður Eistnaflug Festival Exact date TBA
Fri, Aug 18 2017 NO Borre Midgardsblot Festival 2017 Exact date TBA
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