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SÓLSTAFIR are different. Their unique blend of metal with beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and a strong undercurrent of classic / hard rock comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the landscapes of their native Iceland. Their fifth full-length "Ótta" is the logical continuation of the musical course this four-piece adopted on the highly acclaimed forerunner "Svartir Sandar" (2011). Expect the unexpected, such as seduction by subtle strings or a hypnotic banjo. None of this was apparent when SÓLSTAFIR released their album debut "Í Blóði og Anda", which translates as 'In Blood and Spirit' in 2002. Instead of today's Icelandic gravel throated siren chants, frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason spit forth vitriolic crust-like vocals and the ripping guitars were clearly black metal inspired. Yet the band was as clearly identifiable back then as now and along their way with the next albums "Masterpiece of Bitterness" (2005) and "Köld" (2009) introducing new elements in a continuous evolution. SÓLSTAFIR's music is as much the product of Arctic blizzards as of red hot volcanic magma, erupting geysers, lush green pastures, and salty waves. With "Ótta" the Icelanders touch something ancient and timeless, while defying easy categorisation. This album needs to be heard again and again to peel back layers of details, each different and yet always revealing the same: great songs – all of them. The song titles of "Ótta" form a concept based on an old Icelandic system of time keeping similar to the monastic hours called "Eykt" ("eight"). The 24 hour day was divided into 8 parts of 3 hours each. The album starts at midnight, the beginning of "Lágnætti" ("low night"), continues through each Eyktir of the day and ends with "Náttmál" ("nighttime") from 21:00 to 0:00. This form of time keeping is more open than the relentless ticking of modern times, where each second is made to count, which turns humanity into cocks of the corporate clockwork. Now SÓLSTAFIR give you the antidote. Just lean back, close your eyes, take your time and lose yourself in this masterpiece called "Ótta"! Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Sólstafir Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 12:30PM Sólstafir @ Download Festival in Paris, France Paris, France
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ The Haunt in Brighton, United Kingdom Brighton, United Kingdom
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Arts Centre in Colchester, United Kingdom Colchester, United Kingdom
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, United Kingdom Leeds, United Kingdom
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Old Blue Last in London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Mezz in Breda, Netherlands Breda, Netherlands
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium Dessel, Belgium
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Tivoli De Helling in Utrecht, Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Musikzentrum in Hannover, Germany Hannover, Germany
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Beatpol in Dresden, Germany Dresden, Germany
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Jubez in Karlsruhe, Germany Karlsruhe, Germany
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Fete La Musique in Selestat, France Selestat, France
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ CCO Villeurbanne in Villeurbanne, France Villeurbanne, France
Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Rex in Toulouse, France Toulouse, France
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Download Festival Madrid in Madrid, Spain Madrid, Spain
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Neuborn Open Air Festival in Neu-Anspach, Germany Neu-Anspach, Germany
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Overload Music Fest in Sao Paulo, Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil

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