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Solstafir (Iceland Heathen Metal)

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Latest news: Thu, Apr 23 2015, SÓLSTAFIR

Latest release: "Ótta"

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

Enigmatic Icelanders SÓLSTAFIR have kicked off their North American tour last night in Brooklyn, NY. The rock band now continues across the US and Canada, where they will be hitting Montréal tonight, then Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Austin, and more, before concluding in Richmond, VA on May 20th. A full list of confirmed shows including European summer festivals can be found below.

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US TOUR WITH ANCIENT VVISDOM

23 Apr 15 Montreal, QC (CA) L'ail'ze
24 Apr 15 Ottawa, ON (CA) Mavericks
25 Apr 15 Toronto, ON (CA) Garrison
26 Apr 15 Rochester, NY (US) Bug Jar
27 Apr 15 Pittsburgh, PA (US) 31st St Pub
28 Apr 15 Columbus, OH (US) Ace Of Cups
29 Apr 15 Grand Rapids, MI (US) Pyramid Scheme
30 Apr 15 Milwaukee, WI (US) tbc
01 May 15 Minneapolis, MN (US) Nether Bar
03 May 15 Chicago, IL (US) Reggies
04 May 15 Kansas City, MO (US) Riot Room
05 May 15 Denver, CO (US) Lost Lake Lounge
06 May 15 Salt Lake City, UT (US) Bar Deluxe
07 May 15 Elko, NV (US) Club Silver Dollar
08 May 15 Spokane, WA (US) The Pin
09 May 15 Vancouver, BC (CA) The Astoria
10 May 15 Seattle, WA (US) El Corazon
11 May 15 Portland OR (US) Star Theater
12 May 15 San Francisco, CA (US) Oakland Opera
13 May 15 Los Angeles, CA (US) Los Globos
14 May 15 Mesa, AZ (US) Club Red
15 May 15 Albuquerque, NM (US) Sister Bar
16 May 15 Fort Worth, TX (US) Sons Of Hermann Hall
17 May 15 Austin, TX (US) Red 7
18 May 15 New Orleans, LA (US) One Eyed Jacks
19 May 15 Atlanta, GA (US) The Earl
20 May 15 Richmond, VA (US) Strange Matter

FESTIVAL SHOWS

22 May 15 Leipzig (DE) Wave Gotik Treffen
13 Jun 15 Pannonia Fields (AT) Nova Rock
20 Jun 15 Halden (NO) Tons of Rock
16 Jul 15 Dour (BE) Dour Festival
17 Jul 15 Cuxhaven (DE) Deichbrand
18 Jul 15 Joensuu (FI) Ilosaarirock
24 Jul 15 Lichtenfels (DE) Ragnarock Open Air
25 Jul 15 Lorrach (DE) Baden in Blut
26 Jul 15 Maidstone (UK) Ramblin' Man Fair
07 Aug 15 Jaromer (CZ) Fortress Josefov (Brutal Assault - exact date tbc)
14 Aug 15 Saint Nolff (FR) Motocultor Festival

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.

SÓLSTAFIR are touring in support of their latest 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, Jun 13 2015 AT Pannonia Fields Nova Rock
Sat, Jun 20 2015 NO Halden Tons of Rock
Wed, Jul 08 2015 IS Neskaupstaðir Eistnaflug Festival
Thu, Jul 09 2015 IS Neskaupstaðir Eistnaflug Festival
Fri, Jul 10 2015 IS Neskaupstaðir Eistnaflug Festival
Sat, Jul 11 2015 IS Neskaupstaðir Eistnaflug Festival
Thu, Jul 16 2015 BE Dour Dour Festival
Fri, Jul 17 2015 DE Cuxhaven Deichbrand
Sat, Jul 18 2015 FI Joensuu Ilosaarirock
Fri, Jul 24 2015 DE Lichtenfels Ragnarock Open Air
Sat, Jul 25 2015 DE Lorrach Baden in Blut
Sun, Jul 26 2015 UK Maidstone Ramblin' Man Fair
Fri, Aug 07 2015 CZ Jaromer Fortress Josefov Brutal Assault - exact date tbc
Fri, Aug 14 2015 FR Saint Nolff Motocultor Festival
Fri, Oct 23 2015 DE Berlin Heimathafen +Mono
Sat, Oct 24 2015 NL Leeuwarden Neushorn (Into the Void) +Mono +The Ocean
Mon, Oct 26 2015 DE Köln Live Music Hall +Mono
Tue, Oct 27 2015 DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof +Mono
Wed, Oct 28 2015 DE München Backstage +Mono
Thu, Oct 29 2015 IT Bologna Locomotiv +Mono
Fri, Oct 30 2015 IT Mezzago Bloom +Mono
Sun, Nov 01 2015 ES Barcelona Bikini +Mono
Wed, Nov 04 2015 CH Zürich Harterei +Mono
Thu, Nov 05 2015 CH Lausanne Les Docks +Mono
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