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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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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over 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! 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 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

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

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Solstafir Live Footage From Eistnaflug Available

Fan-filmed footage is now available on line, courtesy of YouTube user HoddiDarko, of Icelandic act Solstafir performing live at the Eistnaflug Festival this past July, 2012. Check out the clip of Solstafir performing the song "Æra." below.

The track comes off disc 1 of the band's latest two-disc album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). You can also read a show report from a Solstafir concert earlier this year in Finland at this location.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Playing Barge To Hell

The Barge to Hell will sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7th, 2012. The organizers of the floating festival have now issued the following announcement about confirming Corrosion of Conformity for the cruise:

"Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the Barge to Hell, The World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have Corrosion of Conformity! Barge to Hell, the cruise where 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.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 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! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days."

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

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Municipal Waste Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Municipal Waste is the latest band to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise, following the announcement of Holy Moses earlier this week.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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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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