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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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Mystic Festival Completes 2021 Line-up

With the addition of Solstafir, in addition to a few others, this now completes the 2021 Mystic Festival roster. Seventy of the heaviest bands on earth will congregate at the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland during June 2-4 of 2021.

See the full band list below:
Judas Priest - 50th anniversary show
Mercyful Fate
Gojira
Mastodon
Killing Joke
Heilung
The Hu
Katatonia
Mayhem
Mgla
Sólstafir
Igorrr
Obituary
Baroness
Kvelertak
Vader "De Profundis"
Witchcraft
Oranssi Pazuzu
The Stubs
Code Orange
Blindead
Azarath
Anna von Hausswolff
Alien Weaponry
Infected Rain
Gold
The Picturebooks
Imperial Triumphant
The Vintage Caravan
Mortiis
Årabrot
Lindy-Fay Hella
The Materia
Dopelord
Okkultokrati
Twin Temple
Raging Speedhorn
Bleed From Within
(Dolch)
Dead Lord
1914
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Maggot Heart
Motanka
Proscription
Hangman’s Chair
Irfan
Medico Peste
Truchlo Strzygi
Deluge
Ovo
Baest
Neon Haze (Octopussy / Favorit89 / Nightrun87)
Tester Gier
Konvent
Dwaal
Spaceslug
Rosk
Major Kong
Fleshworld
Grift
Taraban
Nightrun87
Red Scalp
Czern
Favorit89
Stay Nowhere
Only Sons

When: June 2–4 (Wednesday–Friday), 2021
Where: Gdansk @ Gdansk Shipyard, Poland More...

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Solstafir Releases New Music Video

Icelandic post rock outfit Solstafir are now premiering a brand new music video for the song "Her Fall From Grace". Watch the video at the official Season of Mist Youtube Channel below.

Vocalist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments: "We present to you the next single from our upcoming album “Endless Twilight of Codependent Love” entitled, 'Her Fall From Grace.' We hope you enjoy it and take from it what you need."

The track is taken from the band's upcoming record "Endless Twilight of Codependent Love," which will be released on November 6th. More...

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Solstafir Posts New Music Video Online

Solstafir are premiering the brand new song "Drýsill", in the form of an dark, animated video by Kim Holm // Den Unge Herr Holm (who also created the artwork for "Svartir Sandar"). Watch the video via the Season of Mist Youtube channel below. The animations and FX were done by David Hall.
Drummer Hallgrímur Jón Hallgrimsson comments: "Drýsill, in Icelandic, means demon.

"This is the story of a woman who fell for someone who promised her the world with his smile. She fell captive to his mind games. His intentions were riddled with evil as he fed off of her love. Her humanity disappears as he gains power by mentally and physically torturing her, keeping her locked away in a prison of her own mind. The video illustrates her personal journey through hell as she spirals further into the darkness of captivity until what feels like the end. But one day she is able to gather her strength and use the rest of her power towards the dark to fight her way back into the light. As she kills him with the very shovel he was going to use to bury her with, he is still smiling at her. Laughing at her. Mocking her. This song is about fighting the demons that you allow to control your mind, and breaking free. It’s about rescuing yourself and finding the strength and the courage to be victorious, no matter how hurt you’ve been. More...

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Sólstafir Premiere New Song "Akkeri"

Sólstafir premiere a new song called "Akkeri", taken from their impending new album "Endless Twilight of Codependent Love". The record will land in stores November 6, 2020 via Season of Mist.

Check out now "Akkeri" below.

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Solstafir Reveals New Album Details

Icelandic post metal outfit Sólstafir has announced details of their new album, "Endless Twilight Of Codependent Love," set for worldwide release on November 6th. Pre-orders will be available soon. The band has also released a teaser for the new record, created by Aimed & Framed, which can be viewed below.

Sólstafir’s new opus, "Endless Twilight Of Codependent Love," highlights the contrasting influences that have inspired the band over the years. The Icelandic post rock band have mastered all these elements and blended it seamlessly into one record.

"Endless Twilight Of Codependent Love" was recorded at the Sundlaugin Studio in Iceland, where previous albums Svartir Sandar, Ótta and Berdreyminn were also recorded by producer Birgir Jón Birgisson (Sigur Rós, Alcest, Damien Rice). The cover art and tracklisting are as follows: More...

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Solstafir Transports Bristol To The North

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. More...

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Paradise Lost Announce Fall North American Tour

Paradise Lost announce their 30th anniversary fall North American tour later this year. Sólstafir and The Atlas Moth will join them as support acts. That trek will hit the cities below:

10/02 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10/03 New York, NY – Gramercy
10/05 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/06 Montreal, QC – Le Fairmont
10/07 Toronto, ON – Opera House
10/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/10 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
10/11 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
10/12 Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
10/13 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/15 Seattle, WA – Neumos
10/16 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
10/17 Portland, OR – Bossanova
10/19 Los Angeles, CA – 1720 Venue
10/20 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
10/21 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore

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Sólstafir Releases "Hula" Music Video

Iceland's Sólstafir released a video clip for the song "Hula." The song appears on the band's sixth, and latest, album "Berdreyminn" which is available via Season of Mist Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Solstafir Posts Entire Album Online

Solstafir is now streaming new album "Berdreyminn" online in full. The sixth full-length studiuo release these enigmatic Icelanders is now available below (you can also read our review of the album here).

Frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments: "Finally, the time has come to present you 'Berdreyminn' in its entirety. Hopefully, the previous pieces that we have released will now fall into their rightful places in the puzzle that this album represents. There is much to explore, surprises to discover as well as meeting old friend again, and we sincerely hope that you will like what you find. Enjoy!"

1. Silfur-Refur
2. Ísafold
3. Hula
4. Nárós
5. Hvít Sæng
6. Dýrafjörður
7. Ambátt
8. Bláfjall More...

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Solstafir Streaming New Track

Acclaimed Icelandic band Solstafir is now streaming another new track off upcoming album "Berdreyminn." This song, titled "Silfur-Refur," can be heard below and will be available as a limited edition 10" vinyl in two variants, featuring a B-side track titled "Scorpion Moonrise."

The "Silfur-Refur" 10" will be made available exclusively at Roadburn Festival this weekend, and any remaining stock will be sold hrough the Season of Mist E-Shop after the event. Solstafir vocalist/guitarist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments:

"The song ‘Silfur-Refur’ revolves around having a sick ghost version of yourself taking control of your life. You resist with all you have, but you simply don’t stand a chance. It travels with you all the time, asleep or awake. The song was written in a few parts – with the intro being one of them. We knew right away that this would be the opener of the album."

Tryggvason continues; "The other track, 'Scorpion Moonrise' was written in only one day, on which we also recorded the demo. The moment, the opening riff kicked in, I already pictured Mat singing it since the riff reminded me so much of Hexvessel – as in their powerful live performances that we have witnessed many times while touring with them. As we are good friends and have followed Mat’s career in Void, Code, DHG, Hexvessel, Beastmilk, and Grave Pleasures, we all agreed that he would be the perfect guy to lay down his vocals on it. We just love the result and he made the song into what it is today. It’s also nice to hear a bit of English again in Solstafir as we have used that language in the past – and also continue our tradition of occasionally inviting guest singers." More...

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Solstafir Releases New Song Stream

Solstafir today streams a second new track off impending album "Berdreyminn." The track, a deeply personal, emotional, and soaring album closer titled "Bláfjall," is streaming below. Vocalist / guitarist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments:

"The meaning of 'Bláfjall' is blue – as in a black, black mountain, and it revolves around man's battle against his own mind and those inner demons that often lead to self-destruction and harming one's loved ones.

"I have myself struggled with alcoholism and it remains a never-ending battle and continuously walking further up a mountain in foggy darkness. But this is also about hope, because there is a way out, but you have to grab that rope when it comes swinging towards you and hold on to it as tight as you can. Everybody can end up lost on the black mountain, or 'Bláfjall' in this case."

New album "Berdreyminn" (which translates to a "dreamer of forthcoming events") will be released worldwide on May 26th and was produced by Birgir Birgirsson and Jaime Gomez-Arellano. Cover art was provided by Adam Burke, while the track listing is as follows:

1. Silfur-Refur
2. Ísafold (click here to stream)
3. Hula
4. Nárós
5. Hvít Sæng
6. Dýrafjörður
7. Ambátt
8. Bláfjall More...

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Solstafir Announces Summer Tour

Acclaimed Icelandic rock band Solstafir just announced a new headlining European tour, beginning on June 10th in Paris, which will be the band's first trek in support of upcoming record "Berdreyminn." A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Regarding the tour, Solstafir comments: "We are stoked to be back on the road and doing up 'n close personal club shows between summer festivals. Some of the small venues are expected to sell out fast - so better get your ticket right away."

"Berdreyminn" (which translates to a "dreamer of forthcoming events") will be released worldwide on May 26th. The new full-length was produced by Birgir Birgirsson and Jaime Gomez-Arellano and features the following track listing:

1. Silfur-Refur
2. Ísafold (click here to stream)
3. Hula
4. Nárós
5. Hvít Sæng
6. Dýrafjörður
7. Ambátt
8. Bláfjall More...

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Solstafir Posts New Song Online

Acclaimed Icelandic group Solstafir is now streaming the first new track off forthcoming album, "Berdreyminn." The dramatic, soaring "Ísafold" can be heard below. Front man and guitarist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments:

"Our first premiere song 'Ísafold' came very spontaneously to light. It felt like the spirit of Thin Lizzy paid us a visit that day. Adding a classic Phil Rudd beat to it seemed the only right thing to do. This is not the most typical Solstafir track but in some odd way it could be taken to represent this album. Although we are not re-inventing the wheel and you will find many references to 'classics' as tributes, I find it quite different from anything that we have done before. That is the way I like it and to me 'Ísafold' is already an all-time favorite among all our tracks."

"Berdreyminn" (which translates to a "dreamer of forthcoming events") will be released worldwide on May 26th. The new full-length was produced by Birgir Birgirsson and Jaime Gomez-Arellano. Album artwork was painted by Adam Burke, while the full track listing will be as follows:

1. Silfur-Refur
2. Ísafold
3. Hula
4. Nárós
5. Hvít Sæng
6. Dýrafjörður
7. Ambátt
8. Bláfjall More...

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Solstafir Unveils New Album

Gloomy Icelandic group Solstafir today reveals details on the band's forthcoming sixth album. The opus is titled "Berdreyminn," which means a "dreamer of forthcoming events," and will be out in stores on May 26th via Season Of Mist.

The band has furthermore released the cover art by Adam Burke and track listing for "Berdreyminn." This impending full-length release follows the 2014 album "Otta" (reviewed here).

1. Silfur-Refur
2. Ísafold
3. Hula
4. Nárós
5. Hvít Sæng
6. Dýrafjörður
7. Ambátt
8. Bláfjall More...

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Solstafir Finishes Recording Album

After re-signing with Season Of Mist, Icelandic outfit Solstafir headed over to the U.K. to begin recording a follow-up to 2014's "Otta" (reviewed here).

The band has now checked in with this brief update about nearing the end of those sessions: "We are now on the final stage mixing our new album here in Woburn, England at Orgone Studios."

There's no official title or release date yet, but stay tuned for more info sure to arrive soon at the start of the new year. More...

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Solstafir Recording New Album

Solstafir is now releasing a new video for the track "Dagmál," taken from the band's latest full-length "Ótta." Season of Mist is proud to announce the re-signing of Solstafir, and today marks the start of the third week of the band recording a new album.

The Icelandic group states: "With our previous contract coming to an end, we have had plenty of great offers on the table for which we are grateful. Yet, why should we end a good thing? The entire team works brilliantly together and everyone involved decided that continuing is the logical step moving forward.

"The album cycle of 'Ótta' is coming to a close with a third and final video for the song, 'Dagmál'. The live footage for this clip was shot over the course of 18 months of heavy touring. The video features our newest band member, Hallgrímur 'Grimsi' Hallgrímsson, who started filling in behind the kit in April 2015.

"We are back here at Sundlaugin for the third time to record our seventh album. We feel right at home and after being locked up in songwriting mode for two months, it is a one of a kind feeling hearing the demos gaining life. We have fourteen songs recorded, including one cover version, but at the moment it' is too early to tell what will end up on the album. The new album will definitely sound like Solstair and as always, there will be surprises too." More...

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Season Of Mist Streaming 20 Year Compilation

Season of Mist turned twenty this year, and now you can stream a two decade anniversary compilation below or pick up the comp through various digital services over here. This wide-ranging release includes some names you might have heard from the metal scene in a loooong time, like Oxiplegatz.

The label comments: "It is no secret that the music industry has changed tremendously during the past two decades, but thanks to your loyal support, we are still able to continue releasing great music to this very day. We would like to once again extend our gratitude and thankfulness to all those who believe in our artists. Stream our '20 Years of Season of Mist' compilation here and check out the discount campaign on our official e-shop!" More...

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Solstafir Posts Artmania Live Footage

Icelandic outfit Solstafir has released a new live clip shot during the band's performance at Artmania last month in Romania. Check out the band playing "Fjara" live below. "Fjara" comes off the 2011 album "Svarti Sandar" (reviewed here).

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Solstafir Kicking Off Tour

Enigmatic Icelandic band Solstafir will kick off a string of special European shows at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, U.K. this Saturday, May 14th. The tour will lead the band through six countries and nine performances with a final concert at Palac Akropolis in Prague on May 22nd, just as a string of festival appearances begin.

May 14 London (UK) @ Islington Assembly Hall
May 15 Paris (FR) @ Divan du Monde
May 16 Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat
May 17 Hamburg (DE) @ Gruenspan
May 18 Leipzig (DE) @ Taubchental
May 19 Aarau (CH) @ KiFF
May 20 Wörgl (AT) @ Komma
May 21 Wien (AT) @ Arena
May 22 Praha (CZ) @ Palac Akropolis

Festival appearances:
May 28 München (DE) @ Rockavaria Festival
June 24 København (DK) @ Copenhell
July 07 Neskaupstaður (IS) @ Eistnaflug
July 08 Neskaupstaður (IS) @ Eistnaflug More...

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Solstafir Posts New Music Video

Solstafir just released a new video for the track "Miðaftann," which was directed by Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta. "Miðaftann" is taken from Solstafir's latest album "Otta" (reviewed here).

Regarding the video, Solstafir guitarist/frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments: "The track is about wandering in darkness. Playing chess with Death, getting burned by salt, drowning in the ultimate wave of sin and returning back home by using moonlight as navigation."

Video directors Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta comment: "They told us a real-life story about a sailor who lost his crew at sea and was stranded to shore as the only survivor. He proceeded to find his way to town and [along the way] he found a barrel filled with water. But the water was frozen, so he had to punch through the ice with his bare hands to fight the dehydration. Eventually, after a long journey, he found his way to town and survived." More...

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