One of the most stunning and original bands to have emerged from the metal scene in recent years, Iceland’s Sólstafir are about to return from the wilderness on with the follow-up to 2011’s breakthrough album, Svartir Sandir.
Released on August 29 via Season Of Mist Records, Ótta is another scenic and scintillating journey into the kind of achingly beautiful, wide-open realms, you could only create if you were on intimate terms with both the mindbending landscapes on your doorstep, and the unquenchable yearning of your own heart.
Hammer is stupendously proud to premier the first glimpse of Ótta, in the form of its devastating title track, a nine-and-a-half-minute, valedictory trip into the beyond, drizzled with lush layers of strings and – you heard it here first – banjo, whose orbiting riff is just one of the many aspects that will resonate long, long after the track has deposited you on the far side of your psyche with no return ticket. Give yourself to the track below and bon voyage!
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