Band:

SOLSTAFIR

Biografie

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 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.

Quelle: https://www.facebook.com/solstafiriceDiscografie

1995 - Í Norðri (Demo)

1996 - Til Valhallar (EP)

1997 - Fire & Ice - An Icelandic Metal Compilation (Split)

1997 - Promo Tape September 1997 (Demo)

2001 - Black Death (Demo)

2002 - Í Blóði Og Anda

2002 - Black Death (EP)

2004 - Promo 2004 (Demo)

2005 - Masterpiece Of Bitterness

2009 - Pappa Betalar (Split)

2009 - Köld

2011 - Fjara (Single)

2011 - Svartir Sandar

2012 - Æra (Single)

2013 - Þín Orð (Single)

2014 - Fjara / Runaway Train (Split)

2014 - Ótta (Radio Edit) + Til Valhallar (Single)

2014 - Ótta

2014 - Ótta Sampler EP / Bonus: Live Au Hellfest 2014 (EP)

2016 - Tilberi (EP)

2017 - Silfur-Refur (EP)

2017 - Berdreyminn

2020 - Endless Twilight Of Codependent Love

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Interviews

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Freitag 03.02.2006
All Viking Metal - fans in this world should jump for joy these days, because the band SOLSTAFIR from Iceland has brought up one of the best albums of this genre for years! A good reason to ask Drummer Guðmundur Óli Pálmason how such a "Masterpiece Of Bitterness” has been accomplished and what is also going on on this lonely island…
Solstafir_1
Freitag 03.02.2006
Alle Viking Metal - Fans dieser Welt dürften seit ein paar Wochen im Fünfeck springen, denn die Isländer SOLSTAFIR haben mit ihrem neuen Werk "Masterpiece Of Bitterness" eines der größten Genre - Highlights der letzten Jahre im Gepäck!

Reviews

I Blodi Og Anda - Cover
SOLSTAFIR kommen von der größten Vulkaninsel der Welt - aus Island. Sie leben also mit andauernder Vulkan-Aktivität und Erdbeben.
Köld - Cover
Mit ihrem 2005er Oberhammer „Masterpiece Of Bitterness“ haben die Isländer einen echten Meilenstein nordischer Musizierkunst abgeliefert, der den Meisterwerken von ENSLAVED oder MOONSORROW
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Masterpiece Of Bitterness - Cover
Nach ihrem 2002-Scheibchen waren die Isländer keineswegs untätig und fügten ihrer ellenlangen Discografie noch ein weiteres Demo (2004) und den Schwarzen Tod hinzu.
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