Sólstafir – When The Raven Flies

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I’ve been all kinds of obsessed with Icelandic band Sólstafir since my friend Diana introduced me to them a few months back. In particular their fourth full length album “Svartir Sandar” and this years new release “Ótta“, have both been in heavy rotation for me as of late.

Their label, Season of the Mist best describes their sound:

Their unique blend of metal with beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and a strong undercurrent of classic/hard rock comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the landscapes of their native Iceland.

Though Sólstafir’s earlier music originally fell under a viking/black metal genre, it has since shifted to a more post-metal/atmospheric rock sound. Regardless of whatever classification of music you try and slot Sólstafir under, they’re quite simply fantastic.

Much like how Canadian artists tend to be shaped and influenced by the incredible (and often overwhelming) landscape of this country, I feel the same can be said of Sólstafir’s music and how it feels deeply rooted in that ancient land of volcanos and vikings, drenched by the all surrounding sea and in history.

So it’s not surprising to discover that Sólstafir have created a completely instrumental film score for Hrafninn Flýgur (When The Raven Flies), an Icelandic cult classic viking film.

when the raven flies solstafirThey’ll be performing their score live to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.

The festival itself looks exceptionally good with a killer lineup, that has me seriously thinking about heading off to the Netherlands next spring. In addition to Sólstafir’s performance, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will also be performing their acclaimed film scores for Dawn Of The Dead and Suspiria.

If you’re curious about Hrafninn Flýgur, you can watch the film on YouTube with English subtitles using the CC option, if like me you can’t speak Icelandic (though I wish I could!)

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