As we draw down (the moon) on our reveal of the top seventy-five albums of the year, as voted for by the cast, crew, and alumni of this fine rock, metal, punk, hardcore and indie-focused site, we can take a moment to reflect on the power of heavy music, and that every one of the seventy-five albums we are celebrating and acknowledging will have had a positive impact on several of our team and readers. Continue reading
For the most part, Solstafir’s seventh full-length album follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, 2017’s Berdreyminn (Season of Mist). The songwriting still largely favors the band’s subdued side with influences ranging from Post Punk, Prog Rock, and Ambient greatly informing the Post Metal whole. Tracks like ‘Rokkur’ and ‘Her Fall From Grace’ are heavy on atmosphere with extensive space to breathe and ‘Or’ throws a curveball with its almost Jazz-tinged rhythms.
Incredible Icelandic Heavy Rockers Sólstafir will release their new album, Endless Twilight of Codependent Love this week, on November 6th, from Season of Mist. The band has just streamed the full album now on their YouTube channel and you should check out this album early, easily one of the Album of the Year candidates we have been digging on.
Three of the most legendary names in Black Metal will unite for an unforgettable event at next summer’s Beyond The Gates Festival in Norway! Emperor, Mayhem and Enslaved will perform at Grieghallen MCMXCIV as part of the fest with full-album performances of their classic works; Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse, and Enslaved’s Vikingligr Veldi. All three monumental albums were recorded in the legendary Grieghallen Studios in Bergen. Tickets can be purchased at the link below and the full festival lineup, headlined by a reunited Mercyful Fate is here as well! Continue reading
Last week Icelandic metal masters Sólstafir announced their next album, Endless Twilight of Codependent Love, due out on November 6th, 2020, via Season of Mist. The band just dropped their first single, “Akkeri” along with a visualizer, you can check out now. Continue reading
Sólstafir was recently in New York City to perform at Taste of Iceland event, a series of vents and shows highlighting Icelandic culture and music as one of his chief exports. In addition to a headline show, the band played an intimate on-air gig at legendary radio station WFUV. The band is currently working on new music, hopefully, ready for release in 2020. Watch the video clip of ‘Bláfjall’ here!Continue reading
Icelandic post-Rock greats Sólstafir have added additional dates to their upcoming European tour this March. This special run of shows features a string section, augmenting the core band. “The Midnight Sun: A Light In The Storm” tour will mark the end of the touring cycle in support of their latest album, 2017s Berdreyminn (Season of Mist). The band is said to be working on new music for release at a later date. Continue reading
Returning to the Effenaar venue on day two of Eindhoven Metal Meeting, logistical issues with trains sadly meant I missed the opener on the main stage, Izegrim. As I arrived I decided to do my best to at least catch Dervaza, but it quickly becomes apparent today is the “meat” of the fest for most people, and somehow it is even busier than the day before. Watching the bodies trying to squeeze into the small room, a line forming of metalheads craning their necks to see the band, I’m left to strike pretty much everything I wanted to cover in the small room off my itinerary today.
December, for most a time of going home and seeing family, retrospectives, lists and copious amounts of food. However, for many in the European metal community, it’s also the time for the magnificent Eindhoven Metal Meeting. For many it’s the final party of the year, a place to see friends, network, hang out and lift the horns up one last time before the dead space at the end of the year when we all ascribe to the forced merriness we call the holidays.
As every year, the line to get in trails quite a way before the doors even open. It’s cold this year though, and very much sold out solid. It has been for several weeks. Progress inside is somewhat slow because security meticulously checks everyone. But once we get inside the familiar maze of the Effenaar venue the pace quickens, at least for now. Continue reading
Less than a month away, Eindhoven Metal Meeting (EMM) is coming up fast on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th of December 2018 as the famous Effenaar venue in The Netherlands. With the lineup secured, the fest has announced their full running order, which you can see below, along with the full lineup and links to tickets, and other information.Continue reading