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Sólstafir is an Icelandic post-black metal band, formed in 1995. The band's name is the Icelandic word for crepuscular rays.

Sólstafir was formed by 3 friends, Aðalbjörn Tryggvason, Halldór Einarsson and Guðmundur Óli Pálmason in January 1995. Later that year, the band recorded its first demo tape Í Norðri and at the end of the year recorded their second demo, Til Valhallar. Til Valhallar was never released as a demo, and four of the six songs were released as an EP by View Beyond Records. It was later re-released in 2002 with all six songs.

In 1999, Sólstafir entered the studio to record their debut full-length album. By that time Halldór had left the band, and in 1997 and 1998 Sólstafir released two promos as a two-piece. For the recording of the debut full-length, Sólstafir recruited Svavar Austmann as Halldór’s replacement. Although the recording of Í Blóði og Anda had started in 1999, the album was not released until 2002 due to endless delays and mishaps. The band truly believed they were cursed. In the meantime, Sólstafir started playing live shows in Iceland, and for that had added a second guitar player, Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson. So, for the first time as a four-piece, Sólstafir recorded a new demo in 2002, eventually releasing 3 songs as the EP Black Death.

In 2004 the band began working on the follow up to Í Blóði og Anda on their own with the help of a good friend. Although Sólstafir were becoming a well known name in the European metal underground, the band found themselves without a recording label. Thus, the band decided to release 3 of the songs from the album as a limited edition promo to send around to labels. This, and a gig in Denmark (the band’s first outside of Iceland) ensured the band a deal with Spikefarm Records, a sub-label of Spinefarm Records.

Sólstafir released Masterpiece of Bitterness through Spinefarm in 2005. The album got exceptionally good reviews almost everywhere, and the band kept on making a good name for themselves with powerful live performances.

In December 2007, the band traveled to Göteborg, Sweden to record their third full length, Köld.

Köld was released in early 2009, and like Masterpiece… it not only got exceptionally good reviews, but most critics also had a hard time putting Sólstafir’s music into a specific genre. Descriptions like "Sounds like The Hellacopters if they went to art school and did a lot of Valium", "Imagine if Nachtmystium, Alice in Chains, and Neurosis got hammered while listening to Entombed's DCLXVI: To Ride Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth – it would sound something like this" and "Sigur Rós goes metal!" were becoming really common.

Meanwhile, Sólstafir kept getting equally as good reviews for their live shows all across mainland Europe. They have played on many of Europe’s biggest festivals, including Roskilde Festival, Wacken Open Air, Summer-Breeze Open Air, Party San Open Air, Hole in the Sky Festival etc. Sólstafir have also done two full European tours in 2009 and 2010 as well as a few shorter ones.

Sólstafir's fourth full-length album, entitled Svartir Sandar was released on Season of Mist 14 October 2011 in Europe, and 18 October in the USA. The album got exceptionally good reviews and was voted album of the year in a few esteemed publications such as Finland’s biggest metal magazine, Inferno, Germany’s and Iceland’s biggest newspaper Morgunblaðið. It was also voted the best heavy album of the year in Finland’s biggest music magazine, Soundi. For the first time, Sólstafir also entered the charts, and Svartir Sandar topped at no. 7 in Iceland and at no. 11 in Finland. The song "Fjara" also entered the single charts and topped at number 1 in Iceland.

Before the beginning of the second leg of their European tour in January 2015, the band posted a message on Facebook saying that Pálmason would not be joining them due to "personal reasons". Guðmundur replied immediately via the band's Twitter account, explaining that he'd been "stonewalled by ex-bandmates" and "thrown out of his life's work". In the beginning of June 2015, Guðmundur offered an explanation of the events that occurred 5 months prior. In an extensive statement, he revealed the details of his "forced" departure and condemned the actions of the rest of the band, in particular Aðalbjörn Tryggvason. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Neushoorn in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Beaulieu in Lille, France Lille, France
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Alhambra in Paris, France Paris, France
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Antipode MJC in Rennes, France Rennes, France
Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ SANTANA27 in Bilbao, Spain Bilbao, Spain
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Caracol in Madrid, Spain Madrid, Spain
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Razzmatazz2 in Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Jas Rod in Marseille, France Marseille, France
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Kiff in Aarau, Switzerland Aarau, Switzerland
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Circolo Magnolia in Milan, Italy Milan, Italy
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Theaterfabrik in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Rockhouse in Salzburg, Austria Salzburg, Austria
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Locomotiv in Bologna, Italy Bologna, Italy
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Culture Factory in Zagreb, Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Dom Omladine in Belgrade, Serbia Belgrade, Serbia
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Quantic Club in Bucharest, Romania Bucharest, Romania
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ /Form Space in Cluj-Napoca, Romania Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ A38 in Budapest, Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Arena in Wien, Austria Wien, Austria
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Kwadrat in Kraków, Poland Kraków, Poland
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Roxy in Prague, Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Heimathafen in Berlin, Germany Berlin, Germany
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Kantine in Cologne, Germany Cologne, Germany
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Rosenhof in Osnabruck, Germany Osnabruck, Germany
Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Maassilo in Rotterdam, Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ VK in Brussels, Belgium Brussels, Belgium
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Gruenspan in Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Parkteateret in Oslo, Norway Oslo, Norway
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 7:00PM Sólstafir @ Debaser Strand in Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden

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