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After a very public split with their previous drummer following the release of 2014’s ‘Ótta’, SÓLST AFIR have done their best to ignore the drama and put all their energy into new album ‘Berdreyminn’ – and as vocalist ADDI tells TERRORI ZER, the results speak for themselves


Because you obviously read the last issue of this fine rag, you already know that we went to Jaime Gomez Arellano’s new studio location to listen to the new Sólstafir record, ‘Berdreyminn’, way before anyone else outside the band got the chance to. We are lucky bastards, we know, but don’t hate us, because we came back full of stories. Guitarist/vocalist Aðalbjörn “Addi” Tryggvason, who served as the band’s host for the session, already gave you some pointers on this very anticipated new record last month, but our conversation went much deeper than that little news bit. It would always be like that, there is always things to talk about with these guys – not only are Sólstafir one of the most unique and interesting new bands of the past few decades, and in a way the door-opener for all the musical awesomeness pouring out of their native Iceland right now, but they are living through a rather unique period in their long 22 year career. The split with their drummer Guðmundur Óli “Gummi” Pálmason a couple of years ago precipitated an acrimonious series of accusations from their former band mate, generating the amount of fuss that only the internet can feed and keep festering. It’s not the happiest of subjects, but since this is the first record since those events, we obviously had to get it out of the way with Addi, and he didn’t mind talking about it.

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I bloody love The Obsessed’s new album – it’s packed with grooves and riffs and isn’t one-dimensional in the slightest. I recall getting psyched when Relapse announced they had signed the band and since the news landed, plotting with the label about putting Wino and his band on the cover. It seems like aeons since they recorded the album last summer, but as Wino explains in our cover feature, a lot has been going on since that recording session. Go and read all about it now! And if you haven’t heard the album, please go check it out – it’s well worth the twenty-plus year wait since ‘The Church Within’. I always remember Wino and co. sticking out like a sore thumb when I saw them in Nottingham’s Rock City opening for Prong and Life Of Agony in support of that album – a sea of audience confusion greeted them, but the drive and honesty that oozed from the trio that night had a long-lasting impression on me, and I cannot wait to see them on our shores again soon, I hope. So, as always enjoy the issue in your hands. Every month Kez and the writing crew pour blood, sweat and tears into the issue to make it the best we can. It’s tough times out there, we have no crowd-funding hype machines behind us, just passion, belief and, frankly, stubbornness. And of course, enjoyment in the music. Take care and see you next month! Adios Darren Sadler