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Solstafir Transports Bristol To The North At The Fleece

The incredible thing about metal music is how far it reaches. The equally incredible thing about metal musicians is just what they can do with it. In today's case, we're looking at the talent of Solstafir, a quartet from the far northern country of Iceland, whose passion filled, progressive take on metal music has garnered them a strong reputation over the years. At the end of last year, the four Nordic musicians came over to the United Kingdom and Ireland for a string of shows (surprisingly omitting London) and I popped along to the show in Bristol to experience the group for myself.

Quite honestly, I don't like giving bad reviews, since art is subjective and what doesn't work for me may be a revelation to someone else. I will say that the support from Talons and Telepathy did absolutely nothing for me. One instrumental act is an interesting addition to the lineup but two is frankly a bit much, especially when the headlining band does have a vocalist. If you're a skilled musician, you might enjoy taking in the music and seeing what these bands can do, but otherwise, it's like being a punk fan at a jazz concert; mind numbingly bored and agitated by the unfamiliar sound.

Finally, we come to Solstafir, who we all came to see. Taking to the stage midst red lighting and treating fans to a rendition of "Köld," the title track from their 2009 album, before leading into "78 Days In Desert" from the same album. Speaking of albums, the group are still promoting the 2017 release, "Berdreyminn" and performed a good chunk of material in support of the record including, "Silfur-refur" and the wonderful "Ísafold," before launching into the album's closing track, "Bláfjall." Finally, the band capped off the night with "Goddess of the Ages," another standout song from "Köld." Good things come to those who wait and on this occasion, Solstafir proved well worth sticking around for.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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