SÓLSTAFIR – Ótta

solstafir.ottaLeave it to the Icelandic post-apocalyptic cowboys, SÓLSTAFIR, to reward their fans with a godly follow up to their godly album, Svartir Sandir.  This time around, the band only release a single disc’s worth of music but it’s more than adequate.  Their unique style of dark/atmospheric metal rises to new levels here.

The one characteristic that stands out the most on Ótta is how powerfully the band utilizes quiet and gentle atmospheres.  Additionally, there are song sections where they could easily crash in with a wall of heaviness but the band choose to pull back.  This actually results in keeping the tension and mood while also keeping listeners on their toes.  Most importantly, SÓLSTAFIR‘s soulfulness and honesty is right up there with ANATHEMA, IN THE WOODS…, and PRIMORDIAL.

The journey that is Ótta can best be summarized by how it begins and ends.  “Lágnætti” starts things off with quiet pianos, Aðalbjörn “Addi” Tryggvason‘s heartfelt vocals, and the beautiful string orchestra.  Once the post-punk basslines and pounding drum beat comes in with the massive whale siren calls of the guitars, the intensity truly gets epic.  Closer “Náttmál” is equally soulful and beautiful.  The push and pull of the song is extremely compelling and it builds up to an epic descrescendo.  It is the crashing of glacier-sized emotions.  Awesome.

In a genre where being soulless and forgettable is the norm, SÓLSTAFIR are truly saviors.  There’s a reason why there are one of the best bands on the planet.  (Season of Mist)

5,731 thoughts on “SÓLSTAFIR – Ótta

  1. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for novice blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.|

  2. Hello there I am so happy I found your weblog, I really found you by mistake, while I was researching on Google for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a incredible post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the awesome work.|

  3. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you actually recognise what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please additionally visit my site =). We can have a hyperlink alternate arrangement among us|

  4. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s difficult to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appearance. I must say that you’ve done a superb job with this. Also, the blog loads very quick for me on Opera. Excellent Blog!|

  5. Howdy would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a reasonable price? Thanks, I appreciate it!|

  6. I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be
    precisely what I’m looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content for
    you personally? I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating
    on a number of the subjects you write about here.
    Again, awesome web log!

  7. A lot of thanks for your own hard work on this web page. Gloria really loves conducting investigations and it’s really simple to grasp why. A lot of people know all about the lively manner you provide simple steps by means of this website and as well welcome response from other individuals about this issue then my princess is really learning a whole lot. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the year. Your carrying out a pretty cool job.

  8. My husband and i felt contented Jordan managed to do his reports through your ideas he grabbed from your own site. It’s not at all simplistic to simply choose to be releasing strategies that other people could have been selling. Therefore we fully understand we now have the writer to be grateful to for this. The type of explanations you made, the straightforward site menu, the friendships you will make it possible to foster – it’s most fabulous, and it is leading our son and us understand the matter is satisfying, and that is truly important. Thanks for all the pieces!

  9. I was wondering if anyone knows what happened to Dimepiece LA celebrity streetwear brand? I seem to be unable to proceed to the checkout on Dimepiecela site. I have read in The Sun that they were acquired by a UK-based hedge fund for $50 m. I have just bought the Dimepiece White Winter Cuffed Beanie from Amazon and absolutely love it xox

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *