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Sólstafir: UKNY 2019

Sólstafir in Studio A (photo by Thomas Koenig/WFUV)

Sólstafir in Studio A (photo by Thomas Koenig/WFUV)



If you’re not tuned into the progressive metal scene in Europe, the Icelandic band Sólstafir might not ring a bell — but the group has made a significant impact across the Atlantic, and especially in their native Iceland, for their atmospheric, cinematic rock via albums like 2009’s Köld. Their 2017 album Berdreyminn has been praised for its post-modern majesty and for the band’s evocative, “Game of Thrones”-worthy videos.

Earlier this autumn, Sólstafir was in New York City as part of Taste of Iceland’s showcase, "Reykjavík Calling," and dropped by WFUV’s Studio A ahead of their appearance at this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival which takes place in Reykjavík from November 6-9. I also spoke to singer and songwriter Addi Triggvason about what makes his band so unique in the Icelandic music scene.

You can listen to the band's full Studio A session in the player above, and it will also be part of tonight's edition of UKNY at 11 p.m. on WFUV.

[Recorded: 9/12/19; Engineer: Jim O'Hara; Producer: Sarah Wardrop]