Label: Spikefarm Records
One of my absolute favourites of 2009 and slowly working itself to the ‘absolute masterpiece’-section of my brain, this work has a genredefying quality that cannot be denied. Sorrow and desolation flow from this record with every spin. Far from their black metal roots, Sólstafir now delivers a very intense very metal form of post rock (I could call this post metal, but that brings up bands like Mastodon and this is quite different). The epicness, tensions, build-up and walls of sound come from post-rock, the bite and reckless abandon come from (black) metal, the psychedelica from 70′s rock and the melancholy, sorrow and emotion from a deep dark place… Fans of everything from Motorpsycho to Enslaved should be able to relate to this easily. For the rest, it still is a great listen!
The video of Love is the Devil can be seen below.
Not very representative of the album, but very representative of the quality Sólstafir delivers!
This review was previously released elsewhere.