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Solstafir

Formed: 1994
From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Solstafir News

Below is our complete Solstafir news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Unioni Festival at The Circus, Helsinki

Unioni Festival was a new occurrence this year, and this mini festival quickly became the most anticipated even of the autumn calendar in Helsinki. People came from all over Europe, and even as far as Los Angeles to catch the amazing lineup these two days boasted. Livenation has really outdone themselves this time around, and with both nights of the long anticipated Unioni festival sold out, they’d do well to be patting themselves on the back! More...

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Solstafir Releases New Music Video

Solstafir today premieres a new music video for the track "Lágnætti," available below courtesy of AllMusic.com.

"Lágnætti" is taken from the band's new album "Ótta" (reviewed here). Regarding the Bowen Staines-directed video, the band comments:

"It is with great pride and excitement, that we present to you the new video for our song 'Lágnætti'. The video was directed by the same directing team of Bowen Staines and Gunnar B. 'Gussi' Guðbjörnsson, who brought you the amazing Fjara video 3 years ago, so the standard was already set sky high. But it is our belief that we have outdone ourselves, with the help of the good people from Hólmavík and Kollafjörður in the West Fjords of Iceland. Enjoy!" More...

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Solstafir Adds New Tour Dates

Icelandic rock heathens Solstafir have announced a new North American tour, which starts on December 2nd and will see the band travel throughout the country for 2 weeks alongside Pallbearer and Mortals.

This trek will be in support of new album "Ótta" (reviewed here), and also still available for streaming in full at this location.

Additionally, Solstafir just announced the band's inclusion into Roadburn's 2015 lineup, with front-man Aðalbjörn Tryggvason commenting: "We are deeply honored to have been chosen by the curators and invited by the festival. Having two Icelandic bands at the same night next to The Fields of Nephilim – what a surprise and a priceless evening. What a festival! It will be a highlight of our career!" More...

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Solstafir Live Footage Available

Footage has been posted online for genre-bending Icelandic act Solstafir performing the title track to new album "Ótta" (reviewed here). Check it out below, and the band also comments:

"Check out this multi camera recording from one of the strangest venues we played. The stage was a port of a large hunting cabin in the Austrian Alps, facing the audience up in the hill. What an amazing atmosphere!"

To hear the studio version of the title track and more, check out the full album stream over at this location.

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Solstafir Streaming Entire New Album

Iceland's Solstafir will release new album "Ótta" on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide) via Season of Mist Records.

Today the full album has been posted online for streaming. Check it out below, courtesy of of Ruv.is. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lágnætti
2. Ótta
3. Rismál
4. Dagmál
5. Miðdegi
6. Nón
7. Miðaftann
8. Náttmál More...

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Orange Goblin And Winterfylleth To Play Damnation

English stoner rock band Orange Goblin is the latest name to be added to the 10th anniversary Damnation Festival bill.

Orange Gobline will be joined by black metal quartet Winterfylleth and post-punk outfit October File, with both bands airing material from new albums at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 1st.

The trio of new additions bolster an impressively eclectic line-up which already boasts Bolt Thrower's only U.K. appearance, a Cannibal Corpse headline set and St. Vitus performing "Born Too Late" in full.

Orange Goblin said: "Over the last few years, Damnation has cemented itself into one of the UK's leading metal festivals, so it is a great honour to be asked back to play for a second time.
"It is already a great line up of bands, and we can't wait to be part of it."

Winterfylleth added: "We are proud to announce we will be playing Damnation Festival once again in 2014. The response we had in 2012 was mind blowing and we hope to see you all there once again. Damnation is a festival we always attend as fans regardless of playing and a must for all serious metal fans. We have a new album out a few weeks before the festival, so will be playing some exclusive new material for the first time on the day.”

October File also comments: "We are over the moon to be playing what is becoming one of the most important and special events in the UK. Damnation has worked hard to forge a name that is a must for fans and underground talent."

The line-up for Damnation Festival so far includes: Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Saint Vitus, Raging Speedhorn, Orange Goblin, Anaal Nathrakh, Ahab, Revocation, Solstafir, Winterfylleth, H A R K, October File, Bast, Atlantis and Corrupt Moral Altar, with many more bands to be announced across four stages. More...

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Solstafir Premieres New Track "Dagmál"

Icelandic rock act Solstafir has premiered the new song "Dagmál" via Rock Hard Germany's website at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new album "Ótta" which drops on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide) via Season of Mist Records.

The track list is:

1. Lágnætti (streaming here)
2. Ótta (streaming here)
3. Rismál
4. Dagmál
5. Miðdegi
6. Nón
7. Miðaftann
8. Náttmál

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Solstafir Posts Hellfest Footage

The Icelandic heathens in Sosltafir are streaming footage taken from their recent performance as part of this year's Hellfest lineup.

The performance, which shows the band playing tracks from 2011's "Svartir Sandar" and forthcoming album "Ótta," can be watched at this location.

Sosltafir also recently announced a headlining European tour. The tour, which starts on October 28th, will see the band travel through Ireland, England, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and more before concluding on November 22nd.

The trek will see Solstafir make a stop at this year's Damnation Festival in Leeds, where the band will play alongside labelmates Saint Vitus, Corrupt Moral Altar, and Hark. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. More...

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Solstafir Headed Out On Tour

Solstafir has announced a headlining European tour, which starts on October 28th will see the band travel through Ireland, England, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and more before concluding on November 22nd.

The trek will see Solstafir make a stop at this year's Damnation Festival in Leeds, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. The Icelandic band will be touring in support of forthcoming new album "Ótta," due out September 2nd. More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

As was the case in 2013, the 2014 installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium will have a live feed over this weekend (June 27th-June 29th). The feed can be accessed over at this location.

Not all bands are participating in the live feed, and the feed is subject to change at any time, with full live shows and partial live feeds throughout. Bands that will not be broadcast are: Ghost, Annihilator, Limp Bizkit and Black Sabbath. Make sure you check the schedule regularly at the bottom of the feed page for the status of the live stream (green check is full live stream, question mark is "unknown," green/red circle with slash is partial streaming and the red "x" is no stream).

As of press time, the bands scheduled for live streaming are as follows:

Friday, June 27th:

Jeff Scott Soto
Alestorm
Primal Fear
Sepultura
Novembers Doom
Solstafir
Napalm Death
Triptykon
Candlemass
Opeth

Saturday, June 28th:

Civil War

Sunday, June 29th:

Comeback Kid
Schirenc Plays Pungent
Tiamat More...

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Ahab Celebrating 10th Anniversary With Damnation

The organizers of the Damnation Festival have checked in with the following announcement about Ahab performing at this year's edition:

"German doom titans, Ahab, and Icelandic progressive metal outfit, Solstafir are the latest names to be added to the tenth edition of Damnation Festival. The headline set will be an exclusive UK performance by Ahab and the first the band have played outside London."

Ahab adds: "We’re delighted to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the only Ahab UK Show 2014 at Damnation Festival. Headlining the doom stage is an honour and a great birthday present for us!"

Further details on the Damnation Festival can be found at the event's official website here. More...

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Solstafir Posts New Song

The Icelandic rock heathens from Solstafir have released a new track taken from their forthcoming album, "Ótta."

The track titled "Lágnætti" is streaming below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine. Solstafir will release "Ótta" on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide) and the track listing will be:

1. Lágnætti
2. Ótta (streaming here)
3. Rismál
4. Dagmál
5. Miðdegi
6. Nón
7. Miðaftann
8. Náttmál More...

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Hellfest Live Stream Available This Weekend

Hellfest Open Air takes places this weekend in Clisson, France and many great acts are set to appear. If you are unable to make the festival, then you can enjoy some of the bands via a live stream at this location. Click on the link and scroll to the bottom.

Among the acts set to be streamed (check out the link for the official "countdown" clock for each act):

June 20th:

M.O.D.
Sepultura
Therapy?
Sabaton
Death Angel
Watain
Turisas

June 21st:

Eluvietie
Soulfly
Emperor
Dagoba
Shining
We Came As Romans
Skyclad
Tsjuder

June 22nd:

Vreid
Solstafir
Equilibrium
Urfaust
Behemoth
Angra More...

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Solstafir Posts First Song From New Album

The devastatingly awesome Icelandic rock heathens in Solstafir will release their forthcoming new album, titled "Ótta," on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide).

The album's title track is streaming now below, courtesy of Stereogum.com. "Ótta" will include eight new tracks and is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop.

Regarding the new album, Solstafir frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments: "This album sums together alot of things we've been wanting to do for years but never did. We finally brought in a string section, and we did our very own full blown melancholic Tiny Dancer piano ballad."

1. Lágnætti
2. Ótta
3. Rismál
4. Dagmál
5. Miðdegi
6. Nón
7. Miðaftann
8. Náttmál

Solstafir also recently announced a run of European summer festival dates. Full details are available after the jump. More...

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Solstafir Issues Festival Recap

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have checked in with the following recap of recent festival appearances:

"We're back home in Iceland after playing Sweden Rock Festival and Rock Hard Festival this weekend. Both were absolutely great despite some really bad luck at RH.

"When Addi opened his Flying V case an hour before gig he discovered that that neck of the guitar had broken (again!) on the flight over from Sweden. Luckily Dead Lord were kind enough to lend us their's despite the fact that they had no idea who we even were. Super big thanks to them, and do check them out if you like good rock'n'roll!

"Then comes change over and line check and everything seems to be working fine, but as the intro is about to finish Addi's amp decided to die a sudden death and it didn't make a single sound. With help from the super professional crew at RH the amp was quickly changed and the rock could commence. More...

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Rock Hard Festival Live Stream Available

The Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany will be available via a live stream at this location this weekend. Bands scheduled to be broadcast are listed here (all times are CET):

Friday, June 6th (as of press time Triptykon is currently streaming):

21.30 - 23.00 TRIPTYKON
19.45 - 21.00 DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER

Saturday, June 7th:

21.30 - 23.00 CARCASS
19.45 - 21.00 SACRED REICH
18.15 - 19.15 OBITUARY
15.45 - 16.30 SÓLSTAFIR
14.45 - 15.25 SCREAMER

Sunday, June 8th:

18.10 - 19.20 ANNIHILATOR
16.30 - 17.40 MONSTER MAGNET
15.15 - 16.00 INSOMNIUM
14.05 - 14.50 ORPHANED LAND
13.00 - 13.40 BLUES PILLS More...

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Solstafir Reveals New Album

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir are back with a new album: the follow-up to 2011’s "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here) is entitled "Ótta" and has been scheduled for an August 29th release (September 2nd in North America).

As the name suggests, "Ótta" will include eight songs, with titles to be unveiled later in June. Pre-orders will be available via Season Of Mist on June 10th. You can also stream the previous album "Svartir Sandar" in the player below. More...

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Solstafir Kicking Off First North American Tour

The Icelandic rock heathens in Solstafir are kicking off their first-ever North American trek, which starts today in Toronto, ON and will continue through the band's stop at this year's Maryland Deathfest on May 23rd. Support on these dates comes from Junius. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Solstafir also recently announced a run of European summer festival dates. Among the performances Solstafir will play Norway's Karmøgeddon Festival, France's Hellfest, Sweden Rock Festival, Germany's Freak Valley Festival, and Belgium's Grasspop Metal Meeting.

Solstafir is touring in support of latest album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here), and is currently working on a follow-up release. More...

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Solstafir Announces U.S. Shows

Iceland's Solstafir has announced a string of U.S. tour dates. The band's first-ever North American trek starts on May 15th in Brooklyn, NY and will continue through a stop at this year's Maryland Deathfest on May 23rd. Support on these dates comes from Junius.

Solstafir also recently announced a run of European summer festival dates. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The band continues to touring in support of latest album, "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

North American tour dates
5/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
5/17 Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts
5/18 Boston, MA @ Middle East
5/19 Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/23 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest

European tour dates
4/06 Akureyri, IS @ Ak Extreme
5/01 Haugesund, NO @ Karmøgeddon Festival
5/22-24 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
5/29 Geiselwind, DE @ Out
5/30 Nethpen, DE @ Freak Valley Festival
6/05 Sölvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock
6/06 Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Rock Hard Festival
6/21 Neudegg, AT @ Sommer Sonnwende 2014
6/22 Clisson, FR @ Hellfest Open Air
6/27 Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/28 Lausanne, CH @ Le Docks
7/09 Neskaupsstaður, IS @ Eistnaflug - Pre Show
7/10 Neskaupsstaður, IS @ Eistnaflug
8/07 Schlotheim, DE @ Party.San Open Air
8/09 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Grave More...

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Solstafir Gearing Up For Festival Tour

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have announced a full run of European summer festival dates.

Among these performances, Solstafir will play Norway's Karmøgeddon Festival, France's Hellfest, Sweden Rock Festival, Germany's Freak Valley Festival, Belgium's Grasspop Metal Meeting, and for the first time ever, a special one-off date in the United States as part of this year's Maryland Deathfest. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Sosltafir is touring in support of latest album, "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). More...

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