In the quarter century since singer/guitarist Aðalbjörn ‘Addi’ Tryggvason formed the Icelandic atmospheric metal quartet Sólstafir the band have stuck to a single cardinal rule - that there are no rules.
For them, epic 10-minute tracks that eschew the traditional verse/chorus trade-off are the most natural thing in the world. Lyrically the band also likes to step off the well-trodden path. While they’ve done two albums in English, Addi still prefers to sing in his native tongue. Their homeland features prominently in their work and their videos showcase their special connection with the wondrous and breath-taking Icelandic landscape. The natural beauty and the atmosphere Sólstafir’s music exudes seem to feed off each other like communicating vessels. With The Beatles, Kraftwerk, Darkthrone, Ennio Morricone and Billy Corgan they list an extraordinary variety of influences. Whereas early Sólstafir lyrics focused on Norse mythology and took a critical view of organised religion, they went on to explore their spiritual connection with nature. More recently they’ve turned their attention to psychological disorders ranging from depression to alcoholism, and the stigma on men’s mental health. Although most of their lyrics are in Icelandic, listeners can still appreciate the emotional power of their music. Sólstafir’s post-rock/metal is one-of-a-kind and it gives us great pleasure to welcome them to Alcatraz 2021.