Release date: 29 August 2014
Style: Post-rock

Rating:

8.4 | 123 votes

Owners:

75 have it
43 want it


01. Lágnætti
02. Ótta
03. Rismál
04. Dagmál
05. Miðdegi
06. Nón
07. Miðaftann
08. Náttmál
09. Tilberi [bonus]
10. Til Valhallar [bonus]
11. Ótta [Elevator Mix] [bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2014: 3

Review


Line-up
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason - guitar, vocals
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson - guitar
Guðmundur Óli Pálmason - drums
Svavar Austman - bass

Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.3
There's something naturally interesting about Icelandic music. Perhaps it's out of predilection for its origin, geographic distance and isolation at the top of the world. Whatever the case may be, there's one particular metal band who have managed to convey their own meaning in this phenomena.

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published 06.09.2014 | Comments (11)

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Rasputin - 05.06.2014 at 21:52  
  I hope this is going to be good.
Bad English - 19.08.2014 at 19:30  
  Typical album masterpiece , this band is great .. music comes from the heart and I am not bored
SceneryOfLoss - 20.08.2014 at 01:44  
Rating: 9 Beautiful!
Michaelis - 21.08.2014 at 16:08  
Rating: 8 Great album, great sound. But for me sometimes to much piano stuff.
Boxcar Willy - 27.08.2014 at 07:01  
Rating: 9 Ridiculously good album, Like K7 said, this is passionate music, heavy layering and ambience create a great atmosphere that doesn't get too crowded.
Sword_Chant - 29.08.2014 at 21:16  
Rating: 9 What a gem of an album.... they captured the Nordic atmosphere perfectly. Easily in my Top 5 albums of 2014.
Fredd - 30.08.2014 at 23:04  
Rating: 9 Otta means cat in my language.
Ilham - 30.08.2014 at 23:16  
Rating: 6
Written by Fredd on 30.08.2014 at 23:04

Otta means cat in my language.

It means "he/she took x out of y" in mine. Did you listen to this one yet?
Fredd - 30.08.2014 at 23:48  
Rating: 9
Written by Ilham on 30.08.2014 at 23:16

Written by Fredd on 30.08.2014 at 23:04

Otta means cat in my language.

It means "he/she took x out of y" in mine. Did you listen to this one yet?

our dialects are very different. and yes, I listened and loved it. it's as good as cats, that's a legit comparison, I guess, coming from an egyptian.
Ilham - 31.08.2014 at 00:02  
Rating: 6
Written by Fredd on 30.08.2014 at 23:48

our dialects are very different. and yes, I listened and loved it. it's as good as cats, that's a legit comparison, I guess, coming from an egyptian.

I meant French . Yeah Vincent pressured me into trying it, I needed a second professional opinion.
Fredd - 31.08.2014 at 00:18  
Rating: 9
Written by Ilham on 31.08.2014 at 00:02

I meant French . Yeah Vincent pressured me into trying it, I needed a second professional opinion.

my understanding of both is equally bad . how did you like it? not sure if post-metal/rock is your thing
BloodJuNkie - 31.08.2014 at 08:25  
Rating: 9 Awesome release!
bleak - 31.08.2014 at 18:25  
Rating: 9 I wasn't expecting this at all. Great release.
Malaclypse - 01.09.2014 at 22:36  
Rating: 6 I gave this a few listens before giving my rating, not sure what you 9's and 10's are hearing but, to each our own
Dima - 02.09.2014 at 11:03  
Rating: 8 Starts to lose its spark after a few listens.
Sword_Chant - 02.09.2014 at 15:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Dima on 02.09.2014 at 11:03

Starts to lose its spark after a few listens.


Idk... it's totally the opposite for me! Sounds better on every listen
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 16:29  
Rating: 9 Great album. Immensely fresh and sparkling.
tea[m]ster - 02.09.2014 at 17:25  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.09.2014 at 16:29

Great album. Immensely fresh and sparkling.


I haven't listened to this yet. Is it as good as their previous albums? Any noticable differences?
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 17:29  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 02.09.2014 at 17:25

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.09.2014 at 16:29

Great album. Immensely fresh and sparkling.


I haven't listened to this yet. Is it as good as their previous albums? Any noticable differences?


i find it to be a step up. Itg is clearly Solstafir yet there is also a difference.
Dark†SymphonY - 02.09.2014 at 19:20  
Rating: 9 Excellent music, really like how each song builds up and still gets interesting. One of my 2014 favorites so far.
Erik M. - 04.09.2014 at 22:38  
Rating: 8 Not that familiar with post-metal, but this is some nice stuff for sure... sounds very original (to me). Going to spin it a few times more to find out whether I'll keep liking it as much as I did after one spin.
Reaper_Redeamer - 05.09.2014 at 18:07  
Rating: 7 I am not sure why this is considered post...

First three tracks where nice and fresh. But I didn;t enjoy that much the rest of the album, it was not of my taste.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.09.2014 at 18:16  
 
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 05.09.2014 at 18:07

I am not sure why this is considered post...

Haven't heard this one but I've never considered this band post-metal at all.
moonflash - 05.09.2014 at 18:47  
Rating: 6 Damn. This was boring. "Til Valhallar" was the only track I found mildly amusing and which didn't made me want to skip ahead.
Reaper_Redeamer - 05.09.2014 at 21:40  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.09.2014 at 18:16

Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 05.09.2014 at 18:07

I am not sure why this is considered post...

Haven't heard this one but I've never considered this band post-metal at all.



I don't know by what means people here in ms categorize both solstafir and ahab as post-metal. I believe it worths of discussion.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.09.2014 at 21:52  
 
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 05.09.2014 at 21:40


I don't know by what means people here in ms categorize both solstafir and ahab as post-metal. I believe it worths of discussion.

The problem arises when regular uses get enough points to acquire the genre editing permission. I'm fairly sure I know who changed this to post-metal as it happened shortly after he gained said perms, and he also brought up the idea of Solstafir being post-metal in a thread a long time ago (and it was decided that it wouldn't be changed at the time).

You could always mention it here if you like: http://metalstorm.net/forum/topic.php?topic_id=51152
tea[m]ster - 06.09.2014 at 04:14  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.09.2014 at 21:52

I'm fairly sure I know who changed this to post-metal


Wasn't me...and I agree , this band is not a post metal band. They incorporate some post elements but shouldn't be the main genre tag.
Troy Killjoy - 06.09.2014 at 06:57  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.09.2014 at 21:52
The problem arises when regular uses get enough points to acquire the genre editing permission. I'm fairly sure I know who changed this to post-metal as it happened shortly after he gained said perms, and he also brought up the idea of Solstafir being post-metal in a thread a long time ago (and it was decided that it wouldn't be changed at the time).

I'm honestly not sure who added the post-metal tag. It was either you, me, Johan, or Barry - the only ones who have edited the band's style. I wouldn't rule myself out to be honest, although I'm assuming there was some kind of consensus reached if that's the case.

Regardless, I gave it a bit of a new look that might better reflect their sound. Still not sure if it's entirely accurate though, it's been way too long since I've listened to anything that isn't their new album.
Fearmeister - 06.09.2014 at 08:19  
Rating: 9 I would say that this is more Post-Rock then Post-Metal
R'Vannith - 06.09.2014 at 09:30  
Rating: 8 This band are very much post-metal, increasingly so over the past few albums. I think its debatable whether this particular album has them straying outside metal for the most part. Personally I'd say it retains enough of a metal tone to be considered as post-metal, as opposed to post-rock. Though the latter definitely has more of an influence here than it ever has in the band's music.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.09.2014 at 12:47  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.09.2014 at 06:57

I'm honestly not sure who added the post-metal tag. It was either you, me, Johan, or Barry - the only ones who have edited the band's style. I wouldn't rule myself out to be honest, although I'm assuming there was some kind of consensus reached if that's the case.

Oh well then, I guess it wasn't who I thought it was. Guess I have chicken embryo on my face now.

Written by tea[m]ster on 06.09.2014 at 04:14

Wasn't me...and I agree , this band is not a post metal band. They incorporate some post elements but shouldn't be the main genre tag.


Don't worry, you weren't my main suspect actually I didn't know you could even edit genres.
Fritillaria - 06.09.2014 at 16:14  
  I haven't heard the whole album yet, I checked one song out of it, their music was good enough and the vocals sounded really bad, they don't fit the music in my opinion. I already read two very long reviews on this album, does this album have really such great number of aspects to talk about them in details ? Or it's people getting too excited about their fav artist ?
Marcel Hubregtse - 06.09.2014 at 16:21  
Rating: 9
Written by Fritillaria on 06.09.2014 at 16:14

Or it's people getting too excited about their fav artist ?



This!
Fearmeister - 06.09.2014 at 17:02  
Rating: 9
Written by Fritillaria on 06.09.2014 at 16:14

I haven't heard the whole album yet, I checked one song out of it, their music was good enough and the vocals sounded really bad, they don't fit the music in my opinion. I already read two very long reviews on this album, does this album have really such great number of aspects to talk about them in details ? Or it's people getting too excited about their fav artist ?


I do agree that the vocalist isn't that good but I feel that he can channel emotion really well. Kinda like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Both the vocals and music has a really melancholic feel to them so they fit. It kinda makes you imagine that you're that old man in the cover, looking out into the sea, wondering why oh why did life take you to where you are now if if you could have done anything differently.

Cool stuff but I'm surprised on how many people are liking this.
Fritillaria - 06.09.2014 at 17:41  
 
Written by Fearmeister on 06.09.2014 at 17:02

I do agree that the vocalist isn't that good but I feel that he can channel emotion really well. Kinda like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Both the vocals and music has a really melancholic feel to them so they fit. It kinda makes you imagine that you're that old man in the cover, looking out into the sea, wondering why oh why did life take you to where you are now if if you could have done anything differently.

Cool stuff but I'm surprised on how many people are liking this.

Then I need to listen the whole album, I discussed the same thing about vocals with another metal fellow, he also had the same opinion as yours :" although the vocals are bad but they're fitting into the whole atmosphere of music", however, we agreed that the vocals are somehow false!

Yeah, there is a great of deal of good feedback to this album.
Cynic Metalhead - 06.09.2014 at 18:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Fritillaria on 06.09.2014 at 17:41

Written by Fearmeister on 06.09.2014 at 17:02

I do agree that the vocalist isn't that good but I feel that he can channel emotion really well. Kinda like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Both the vocals and music has a really melancholic feel to them so they fit. It kinda makes you imagine that you're that old man in the cover, looking out into the sea, wondering why oh why did life take you to where you are now if if you could have done anything differently.

Cool stuff but I'm surprised on how many people are liking this.

Then I need to listen the whole album, I discussed the same thing about vocals with another metal fellow, he also had the same opinion as yours :" although the vocals are bad but they're fitting into the whole atmosphere of music", however, we agreed that the vocals are somehow false!

Yeah, there is a great of deal of good feedback to this album.


There is palpable "awesome music, but awful vocals" syndrome we always acquaint now and then. Yeah, vocals does sound offbeat but who gives a shit if music is awesome? Eh?

This disc is still playing on my pad and I really do not see any distraction of awful vocals ruining awesome music. Pretty good record.
Fritillaria - 06.09.2014 at 20:23  
 
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 06.09.2014 at 18:27

There is palpable "awesome music, but awful vocals" syndrome we always acquaint now and then. Yeah, vocals does sound offbeat but who gives a shit if music is awesome? Eh?

I certainly give shit to vocals ! It's a big part of the music, one of the reasons I could never relate to some bands like Inquisition or Tool was that the vocalists were somehow annoying to me.
Diverge - 09.09.2014 at 03:25  
  Still gotta check this one out!
Boxcar Willy - 09.09.2014 at 06:52  
Rating: 9 I listen to too much shitty emo music for the vocals to bother me at all. I didn't even consider them to be bad when listened.
Risto - 09.09.2014 at 09:20  
 
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 05.09.2014 at 21:40

I don't know by what means people here in ms categorize both solstafir and ahab as post-metal. I believe it worths of discussion.

Some of the claims Solstafir aren't post-metal might come from people who are sort of stuck in the past. The origins are in sludge bands like Neurosis and Isis, but post-metal has developed further now. I find post-metal/rock to be a descriptor of certain musical elements that isn't tied to a subgenre.
Reaper_Redeamer - 09.09.2014 at 15:41  
Rating: 7
Written by Risto on 09.09.2014 at 09:20

sort of stuck in the past.

Well, that is not the occasion.

Written by Risto on 09.09.2014 at 09:20

I find post-metal/rock to be a descriptor of certain musical elements that isn't tied to a subgenre.

Like?
Risto - 09.09.2014 at 16:04  
 
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 09.09.2014 at 15:41

Written by Risto on 09.09.2014 at 09:20

I find post-metal/rock to be a descriptor of certain musical elements that isn't tied to a subgenre.

Like?

Often attributed simplistic "rifflessness" and building up a musical theme to a crescendo. "Svartir Sandar" is a good example.

Reaper_Redeamer - 09.09.2014 at 20:13  
Rating: 7
Written by Risto on 09.09.2014 at 16:04

Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 09.09.2014 at 15:41

Written by Risto on 09.09.2014 at 09:20

I find post-metal/rock to be a descriptor of certain musical elements that isn't tied to a subgenre.

Like?

Often attributed simplistic "rifflessness" and building up a musical theme to a crescendo. "Svartir Sandar" is a good example.




04:13 you can find a post element here. But the magic word here is "element". An element in a song. Is this categorizing their genre?

"building up a musical theme to a crescendo" this is not only post's characteristic. Also simplistic "rifflessness" is a common attribute of sludge. There is a thin line that divides our opinions but what I believe is that it is risky to call it post, better use even "alternative" as a title which is a general umbrella that can cover it.
Risto - 09.09.2014 at 21:10  
 
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 09.09.2014 at 20:13

04:13 you can find a post element here. But the magic word here is "element". An element in a song. Is this categorizing their genre?

I think this sums up our difference of view quite well, because that song has a classic post-rock finish riding the chord progression initiated at 3:28. You're correct about the element, but it's not the big picture at all. Neurosis have done it, Ghost Brigade and Agalloch have done it... even Anathema is strongly influenced by post-rock these days.
Alex Fenger - 12.09.2014 at 22:47  
Rating: 9 This album is just so damn beautiful. Would have enjoyed a more psychedelic aspects, but that's about the only complaint I have
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.09.2014 at 22:51  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 12.09.2014 at 22:47

This album is just so damn beautiful. Would have enjoyed a more psychedelic aspects, but that's about the only complaint I have

I haven't listened to this yet, but the psychedelic aspect was pretty much why I loved previous albums. Thinking I might not like it so much now.
Sword_Chant - 13.09.2014 at 17:26  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.09.2014 at 22:51

Written by Alex Fenger on 12.09.2014 at 22:47

This album is just so damn beautiful. Would have enjoyed a more psychedelic aspects, but that's about the only complaint I have

I haven't listened to this yet, but the psychedelic aspect was pretty much why I loved previous albums. Thinking I might not like it so much now.


If you liked their older stuff you'll like this, it's a bit different but still very much Solstafir. Imo this is one of 2014's better albums
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.09.2014 at 17:35  
 
Written by Sword_Chant on 13.09.2014 at 17:26


If you liked their older stuff you'll like this, it's a bit different but still very much Solstafir. Imo this is one of 2014's better albums

I'll aim to listen to it today at some point

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