Top-drawer black/post-metal from Sólstafir’s forthcoming album Ótta
We wrote about the Icelandic band Sólstafir a couple of weeks ago when they premiered the title track from their upcoming new full length Ótta. The new album seems just as ambitious as the previous double album, Svatir Sandar, but in a different way: while that one was sprawling and epic, this one has more ambitious instrumentation and arrangements, using many instruments other than the standard guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards.
Yesterday saw the premier of a second new song from the album. This one, titled “Lágnætti“, a slow-building post-rock/black metal fusion that summons the sweeping wind, soaring over hill and vale while the dusk’s crepuscular rays stream from the heavens, lighting a distant cairn that was built in honour of some long forgotten tale.
It opens with spare piano and strings, while Aðalbjörn Tryggvason’s voice quivers gently over top. The eight-minute track transforms from there into a moving section that could be likened to a glacial river, carving a way through a rocky glen as the lonely trees scream desperately over top of it. Then again it becomes something different going back to piano, this time a heavier passage. It then closes out by building up again to a grand climax with the piano, guitar, and lead guitar all singing out at the same time before trailing off into a satisfied silence.
At this point, I am almost convinced that this will be one of the top 5 albums of the year.
Ótta will be released on August 29th on Season of Mist. You should preorder it now, since it “ótta” be really good.