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Sólstafir

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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.

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  • AnarchyBrony

    V I think it's because how the lead singer has basically "taken control of the band", similar to how with PF, Roger Waters took over and kicked Rick Wright out. At least that's what I think.

    2 Aug 8:42pm Reply
  • HydenAcero

    I know, but what the hell does it have to do with corporated systems? That comparation with Pink Floyd is fucking absurd.

    2 Aug 6:04pm Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    V Something happened with their drummer. Apparently they kicked him out.

    2 Aug 6:45am Reply
  • HydenAcero

    v lolwat

    26 Jul 4:20pm Reply
  • Meloku666

    Yeah Sólstafir is another "Corporated/Bussiness" band like Testament, Pink Floyd, Kyuss and on and on...

    23 Jul 5:28pm Reply
  • cantcontrolthew

    Wow, amazing stuff. I must learn their language.

    19 Jul 8:29pm Reply
  • aegnor-anarion

    I was just about to order svartir sandar and some merch...but I guess that has to wait because I can not get myself to do it with this shit going on

    17 Jul 11:12pm Reply
  • GolyJelen

    @Lucyfier wow boobs

    1 Jul 11:02am Reply
  • LenweBlackwing

    This seems to've been it. Sólstafir just ripped out it's still beating heart just to replace it with the fucked up and screwed values of modern times.

    29 Jun 10:01pm Reply
  • Lucyfier

    They should be very ashamed of themselves... [4] This is fucked.

    27 Jun 10:53am Reply
  • Jednororzec333

    They should be very ashamed of themselves... [3]

    15 Jun 10:34am Reply
  • SceneryOfLoss

    I was getting used to the fact there was no drama associated to most of my favorite bands. Hope they get their shit together.

    13 Jun 1:47pm Reply
  • M16A4

    Sure, nowadays money is everything and friendship doesn't mean shit!

    9 Jun 9:16pm Reply
  • justine_tranter

    One fan posted this under their statement. I guess it says a lot... Guðmundur at least admitted he wasn't a saint one in this whole case, while others just didn't treat him fair and it's very easy to see. I guess 20 years of friendship doesn't mean anything...

    8 Jun 4:11pm Reply
  • M16A4

    Whoa, this is some serious bullshit! Rest in peace Solstafir.

    8 Jun 1:26pm Reply
  • justine_tranter

    Sólstafir without Gummi is no Sólstafir... I remember talking to him after a gig in Poznań, I can't imagine a band without him. It's so fucking sad to see what happened.

    8 Jun 11:51am Reply
  • saulenskas

    RIP SOLSTAFIR

    7 Jun 5:40pm Reply
  • GolyJelen

    Can't wait to see them live

    7 Jun 11:40am Reply
  • ArrTheMesia

    They should be very ashamed of themselves... [2] :-(

    6 Jun 5:07pm Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    Guðmundur "Gummi" Óli Palmasson, Drummer in Sólstafir has parted ways with the band. Official statement on their FB Page

    5 Jun 1:51pm Reply
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