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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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Holy Moses Added To The Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge to Hell have issued the following announcement about confirming Holy Moses as the latest act to play the cruise:

"Who better to lead them on their journey to the undead than the mighty Holy Moses celebrating their 30th anniversary? Not once, because as you know, they do everything twice. You heard right, twice! Here is how it goes: On December 3rd, 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! For the entire trip it's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

"The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

"The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

"And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following bands have now been announced: More...

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More Bands Announced For Barge To Hell

With time running out for booking with promo codes for those who pre-registered, the organizers of Barge To Hell have announced more bands for the extreme metal cruise lineup, ahead of general public ticket sales opening this Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12PM EST.

At The Gates, Belphegor, Kampfar, Soilwork and Solstafir have been added to the lineup, which takes the list of known bands to 21 out of the final 40.

Barge To Hell, from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, will set sail on December 3, 2012 from Miami, cruise to Nassau in the Bahamas, and return to Miami on December 7.

Metal Underground.com contributor Goatlady was on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, and reported on the action here:

70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 1 Report | Day 1 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 2 Report | Day 2 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 3 Report | Day 3 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 4 Report | Day 4 Photos

The full lineup so far is as follows: More...

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Solstafir Posts Tour Video Blog

Icelandic act Solstafir has posted a new video blog online chronicling the band's recent tour dates in Finland. Check out the clip from Tampere in the player below.

You can also check out our show report from the Helsinki stop of the tour at this location. Solstafir is touring in support of the band's new album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

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Solstafir and Hexvessel Mesmerize Nosturi

These days I’m beginning to think that I live at Nosturi. There’s always familiar faces working, and in the photo pit as well which makes for a rather comfortable aspect to an otherwise extremely exciting and unique event.

Icelandic heathen metallers Solstafir embarked on a journey through Finland last week which started in Helsinki on Thursday. I've been waiting a few years to finally see these guys live, and it was with bated breath that I arrived at the venue on a rainy Helsinki day. The tone for the evening was not the usual drunken folk metal vibe, though I appreciate that on occasion as well! All in all, the event in store was a thought provoking and contemplative one. More...

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Solstafir Live Footage Available Online

Footage has been posted online of Icelandic metallers Solstafir performing the song "Æra" live on February 9th, 2012.

Check out the video clip below, or find the band's recently posted music video for the song "Fjara" at this location. Both tracks are taken from Solstafir's latest album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).

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The Konsortium To Play Inferno 2012

Norwegian act The Konsortium is the latest band to be confirmed to play at the Inferno Festival 2012, which takes place from April 4th - 7th. For more details, head over to the festival's official website.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Trailer For Paganfest 2012 Europe Posted

A video trailer for the upcoming Paganfest 2012 Tour of Europe was posted by Rock the Nation. The lineup includes Eluveitie, Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk, Solstafir, Korpiklaani and Equilibrium. For complete dates and other information, check out the trailer or head on over to this location.

Check out the trailer here:

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Solstafir Posts "Fjara" Music Video

Icelandic act Sosltafir has teamed up with Metal Hammer to premiere a new music video online. Check out the clip for "Fjara" in the player below or by heading over here.

"Fjara" is taken off the band's latest album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1
1. Ljós í Stormi (11:35)
2. Fjara (6:39)
3. Þín Orð (6:20)
4. Sjúki Skugginn (5:07)
5. Æra (4:53)
6. Kukl (5:08)

Disc 2
1. Melrakkablús (9:58)
2. Draumfari (3:40)
3. Stinningskaldi (1:15)
4. Stormfari (3:37)
5. Svartir Sandar (8:21)
6. Djákninn (10:51) More...

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Primordial Comments On Paganfest Tour

Ireland's Primordial will be co-headlining the Paganfest tour 2012, which is kicking off in Oberhausen, Germany the 16th of March 2012!

Primordial singer A.A. Nemtheanga comments: "Never say never right? So we announce our participation in next March's Paganfest festival tour across Central Europe. Anyone who has read any of my various ramblings and musings over the last year or two will know my feelings about the current state of club touring and the industry in general. It's an ugly business but we are definitely ugly enough and getting uglier every year so strangely enough the stars aligned and the dates fell into place for us. Anyone who knows anything about Primordial knows how hard it has become for us to commit to lengthy touring as the years go by. The window of opportunity represents possibly the only opportunity we will have to do a longer tour for 'Redemption' across Europe so as they say…needs must and better the devil you know. Never as I say say never.

"Regardless of the fact that the general tone of this tour is a little different. It has a more pronounced mix of light and shade. We have our Icelandic brethren Solstafir taking part which I would have thought alongside ourselves should sweeten the deal for those who may feel the pagan/heathen festival tour holds nothing for them, Romanian shamans NeguraBunget also filling out the darker quotient of the tour. Heidevolk stand firm for proud old values and having taken part in Eluveitie's acoustic album personally my feeling on those guys and girls should be apparent! I support them and the cultural significance they represent. I'm not here to sound the rallying cry for a dying venture (i.e touring) or sound the death knell for Primordial club touring we are simply taking part, we have some interesting and new things planned and the tour has some light and shade, which may be difficult for some people to take but this is how it is. Of course some territories are missed and we apologize for this but this is a mixture of market forces and pragmatism and unfortunately nothing to do with us, we hope to fill in the blanks over time. Bottom line, Primordial is touring….this is the most important fact and you know what you are gonna get…blood sweat and fire so see you on the field…"

The Paganfest 2012 dates are as follows (featuring Eluveitie, Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk, and Solstafir): More...

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Solstafir To Perform Entire New Album

Iceland's Solstafir has issued the following announcement about performing the entire new "Svartir Sandar" album (reviewed here) live at a release show:

"Svartir Sandar - Live at the Opera! Sólstafir's 'Svartir Sandar' album release concert will be at Íslenska Óperan, Reykjavík, on February the 9th.

"One off event, the whole album will be performed with guests. Will not be repeated. Only 400 seats available."

Details are available here. You can also find a listing of Sosltafir's upcoming European tour dates at this location.

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Solstafir Updates Tour Schedule

After previously announcing the band will be embarking on the European Paganfest tour, Solstafir has now updated its 2012 European tour schedule with the following dates:

16.03. DE Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
17.03. DE Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
18.03. NL Tilburg, O13
19.03. DE Herford, X
20.03. CH Pratteln, Z7
21.03. IT Bologna, Estragon
22.03. AT Graz, PPC
23.03. AT Wien, Arena
24.03. DE Munich, Backstage
25.03. DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
26.03. DE Hamburg, Markthalle
27.03. DE Berlin, Postbahnhof
28.03. NL Haarlem, Patronaat
29.03. DE Saarbrücken, Garage
30.03. DE Gießen, Hessenhalle
31.03. DE Geiselwind, Music Hall
01.04. BE Antwerpen, Trix
06.04.2012 NOR Oslo Inferno Festival
13.04.2012 NED Tilburg Roadburn Festival
19.04.2012 FIN Helsinki DOM
20.04.2012 FIN Tampere Yo-Talo
21.04.2012 FIN Jyväskylä Lutakko
22.04.2012 FIN Oulu Nuclear Nightclub
23.04.2012 FIN Turku Klubi
15.06.2012 FRA Clisson Hellfest

The Icelandic act is touring in support of its latest album release "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). For more on Solstafir, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Eluveitie To Headline European Paganfest 2012

Swiss folk metal outfit Eluveitie has been confirmed as the headliner for the 2012 edition of the travelling Paganfest event. Joining them on the trek will be Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk and Solstafir. Speaking on the tour, Eluveitie singer Chrigel Glanzmann stated: "Of course we look forward to the Paganfest Tour 2012! One hand, we can not wait to show our fans the songs from our new album 'Helvetios' live (and we will do this extensively on Paganfest). On the other hand, we look forward to tour with such cool bands and to be on the road with good friends, like the Irish guys from Primordial. We are convinced of the line-up of the upcoming Paganfest. It is an honor for us to headline this package of great bands. We are confident that each evening on the Paganfest tour will be a musical experience that you will never forget! See you there!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Solstafir Announces Finnish Tour

Iceland's Solstafir has announced an upcoming Finnish tour alongside Hexvessel in support of the band's new album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). The currently announced dates are as follows:

19.04.12 FIN Helsinki DOM
20.04.12 FIN Tampere Yo-Talo
21.04.12 FIN Jyväskylä Lutakko
22.04.12 FIN Oulu Nuclear Nightclub
23.04.12 FIN Turku Klubi

You can also check out footage of Solstafir performing the new song "Fjara" on Icelandic television by heading over here.

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Metal Videos To Get You In The Halloween Mood 2

Somehow humanity managed to avoid the apocalypse yet again yesterday, but just because a zombie Armageddon or nuclear holocaust didn’t occur doesn’t mean anybody has to get out of the proper Halloween mood. We already took a tour through some of the most over-the-top and bombastic horror themed videos last week, so this time around we’ll head into a bit darker territory. Today let’s give the devil and all his children their proper due…

Opeth – “The Devil’s Orchard”

One of the best cuts off Opeth’s latest album “Heritage” and among the best clips in a history of less-than-stellar music videos from the Swedish titans, “The Devil’s Orchard” may be a tale of the devil ascending to rule the world while bringing madness and terror in his wake. Or it might be about a dude in bell bottoms who only listens to vinyl going on a crazy acid trip. But whatever, it’s got the vibe of an old school devil flick, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for.

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Sólstafir Performs New Song On Icelandic TV

Icelandic band Sólstafir performed new song "Fjara" for a TV broadcast "Kastljós" ("Spotlight") in Iceland on October 19, 2011. The song appears on the band's new LP "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed at this location). The album was released this past Friday, October 14th in Europe and this past Tuesday, October 18th in North America.

Check out the footage of the performance here:

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Solstafir Streaming Entire New Album

"Svartir Sandar," the new masterpiece of Iceland's very own Solstafir, will be released this Friday, October 14th in Europe and next Tuesday, October 18th in the U.S.

In celebration of the upcoming release, Inferno magazine is now streaming the entire album online. Head over here to check out "Svartir Sandar" in its entirety. The album's track listing is as follows:

Disc 1 "Andvari":

Ljós í Stormi
Fjara
Þín Orð
Sjúki Skugginn
Æra
Kukl

Disc 2 "Gola":

Melrakkablús
Draumfari
Stinningskaldi
Stormfari
Svartir Sandar
Djákninn

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Solstafir Shooting "Fjara" Video

Iceland's Solstafir has issued the following update about shooting a music video for the "Fjara" song, which is off the band's new album "Svartir Sandar:"

"We had to call off the shootings for the 'Fjara' video for a while at the end of the second day due to crazy weather and an even worse forecast. But the shots we got already are fucking EPIC! Shooting will commence later. Big hails to our crew, Rebekka, Bowen and Gussi for a fabulous job!"

You can also check out Solstafir's previous music video for "She Destroys Again" by heading over here.

The "Svartir Sandar" track listing is as follows:

Disc 1 "Andvari":

Ljós í Stormi
Fjara
Þín Orð
Sjúki Skugginn
Æra
Kukl

Disc 2 "Gola":

Melrakkablús
Draumfari
Stinningskaldi
Stormfari
Svartir Sandar
Djákninn

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Solstafir Streaming New Song Online

Iceland's Solstafir has announced the band's new album will be titled "Svartir Sandar" and will come as a 2-disc set. The first preview from the album has now been made available online through the Season of Mist Facebook profile. Head over here to check out the song "Fjara." The "Svartir Sandar" artwork is available here and the track listing is as follows:

Disc 1 "Andvari":

Ljós í Stormi
Fjara
Þín Orð
Sjúki Skugginn
Æra
Kukl

Disc 2 "Gola":

Melrakkablús
Draumfari
Stinningskaldi
Stormfari
Svartir Sandar
Djákninn

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Solstafir Announces New Album Details

Iceland's Solstafir, which recently signed with Season of Mist, has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Svartir Sandar" and will come as a 2-disc set. The cover artwork and track listing can be viewed below.

Disc 1 "Andvari":

Ljós í Stormi
Fjara
Þín Orð
Sjúki Skugginn
Æra
Kukl

Disc 2 "Gola":

Melrakkablús
Draumfari
Stinningskaldi
Stormfari
Svartir Sandar
Djákninn

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Solstafir Signs With Season Of Mist

Icelandic black metal act Solstafir has announced that it has reached a deal with French label Season Of Mist, becoming the first Icelandic band to be included on the label's roster. Solstafir frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason commented on the signing by saying:

"On behalf of Solstafir, I can honestly say that we are delighted to have signed to Season Of Mist, and we have full faith in that they will work with us in taking the band to a new level. Our new album will for sure make some jaw drop and surprise many, and we feel that we have found the right home to spread the light of Solstafir all over the planet for years to come!"

The band is currently penning the follow up to 2009's "Kold," which was issued through Spikefarm Records. The music video for "She Destroys Again" can also be viewed in the clip below.

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