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Album of the Day: Sólstafir – Ótta

Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: With so many cookie-cutter bands around jumping into the nearest genre and ‘paying homage’ to all that has gone before, it’s sometimes difficult to get your head around exactly where a band like Sólstafir is coming from. Like all things new, it takes a bit of work. After years of having these guys on my list of bands to make some time for, occasionally dipping my toe in the water, but never really making the effort to get my head around things, I was finally, and without ceremony plunged in at the deep end with Ótta.

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Overdue, but better late than never, I primed myself with the a bit of background reading – namely the amazing Hellfest appearance earlier this year – which probably served as one of the best adverts for a band I ever came across in a single lunch hour. My defences were down and I stood ready for the challenge. Part post-black metal, part pulsing folk rock, a bit of let-it-wash-over-you shoegaze and a decent slice of the Icelandic spirit might fill in a few gaps but, as usual with bands of such pedigree, the sum of the parts never quite captures the point of Sólstafir.

Even after the briefest of spins, the grand beauty of the debut Í Blóði Og Anda is self evident while later albums have smoothed off some of those harsher post-hardcore edges and laid bare the Sólstafir vision. What we have arrived at here is not exactly more mellow – although anyone that comes into this from the more extreme end of the metal spectrum would certainly consider it to be so.

But it is certainly less raging, less frenetically random. It’s almost as if the band has now made its mind up about life, the universe and everything – and has set about with Ótta weighing up existence as a whole rather than charging through dismantling it piece by piece. No less emotional, but those emotions through the years have become more refined, more focused and less likely to switch and leave you hanging.

Like their neighbours Enslaved from across the Norwegian Sea, they have developed a sound all of their own even if that sound was far more apparent from the word go with Sólstafir, who have retained elements of each album with them throughout their career – with each one unmistakably belonging to the band whichever angle you come from.

Where all this has taken us, is here to Ótta – one of the band’s most complete and most focused albums to date. It contains all the tortured anguish and melancholy of previous releases but this time the drifting post rock has reached the perfect meeting place with the more ambient, acoustic elements to the point where it almost impossible to notice where the two join together. Post rock most definitely, perhaps even prog, but with an almost casual way of enveloping you like the best of black metal.

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Song Premiere: Sólstafir – Dagmál

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014

We have a great premiere this afternoon for you from Sólstafir. The Icelandic heathens are gearing up to release their newest opus, Ótta, on August 29 via Season of Mist. Today, we are excited to bring you a track from that release, ‘Dagmál.’

Album of the Day: Floor – Oblation

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Praise for Floor‘s Oblation from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been ten years since the last full length from these sludge pop legends, but mainman Steve Brooks has most definitely been keeping that sludge pop legacy alive with his new band Torche, and really if you dig Torche, you’re gonna […]

Track Premiere: Primordial – Dark Horse On The Wind

Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Roadburn is very pleased to present a brand track new track from Primordial. ‘Dark Horse On The Wind’ is taken from the forthcoming compliation, One and All, Together, for Home, which will be released in Europe on May 23rd through Season of Mist. This compilation features international metal artists gathered […]

Track Premiere: Floor – War Party

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Roadburn is very pleased to present a brand new track from legendary stonerrockers Floor. ‘War Party’ is taken from Floor‘s forthcoming debut album, Oblation, which will be released in Europe on April 25th through Season of Mist. Oblation picks up where Floor left off more than ten years ago. Adding […]

Video Premiere: Menace – Painted Rust

Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Roadburn is very excited to unveil the second video ‘Painted Rust’ from Menace, the brainchild of Mitch Harris (Napalm Death). The track is taken from their forthcoming album, Impact Velocity, which will be released on March 14th in Europe through Season of Mist. Mitch Harris comments: “Describing the message of the ‘Painted Rust’ […]

Album of the Day: Murmur – Murmur

Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: The words progressive and experimental probably scare off as many listeners as they attract, because it seems more and more, people are less willing to take risks on what music they absorb. I say that because I know when I drop those descriptors in […]

Track Premiere: H A R K – Palendromeda

Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014

Roadburn is very excited to unveil the track ‘Palendromeda’ from the forthcoming CD, Crystalline, by HARK, which is set for release via Season of Mist on March 14th. The phoenix of classical myth was considered to be a creature of great beauty. Bursting into flames at the end of its […]

José Carlos Santos’ Roadburn Band Of The Week: H A R K (Terrorizer)

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Are you still mourning the loss of Welsh sludge titans Taint? Yeah, us too, but fear not; frontman Jimbob Isaac has returned with a crushing new outfit called H A R K, and they’re all set to level Roadburn Festival after dropping their debut album later this year. We’ll let […]

Welsh Newcomers Hark To Play Roadburn Festival 2014

Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013

We’re pleased to welcome Welsh newcomers HARK to Roadburn 2014 on Saturday, April 12th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Having honed his chops in the legendary Taint, Jimbob Isaac’s new trio HARK, bring heavy grooves, dynamic rhythms, angular riffing and fierce drums to the fore on the […]

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