Solstafir - Berdreyminn album review
Epic soundscapes from Icelandic post-black metal heroes
The increasing prevalence of former black metal bands in the modern prog scene is one of the more unexpected developments in the genre’s long and illustrious history. In its original, undiluted form, black metal was the polar opposite of what prog traditionally stands for – dark, insular, raw, wilfully primitive and deliberately antagonistic. But as those bands grew musically and personally, many of them ditched the shock tactics of the past and began to mutate into something new and strange. Witness former Emperor frontman Ihsahn’s art metal solo excursions or Enslaved’s inter-dimensional Viking prog.