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  • Jean-Luc Ricard

    Wow, mixed messages here Madam X: not one but TWO references to Coldplay in the review, yet a 5/5 score?

    • Madam__X

      I’m unpredictable like that… from Cannibal Corpse to Coldplay in an instant! :)

      • Jean-Luc Ricard

        I’m a fan of the Demilich to Duran Duran transition myself.

        • Madam__X

          Damn, I haven’t tried that one! You’re planting ideas lol.

          • http://www.metalvortex.net/ [HKK] Hell³

            I wanna play too! I’ll go with Ludicra to Lisa Gerrard.

          • Feytalist

            Enya to Enslaved because why not.

          • Grymm

            Pallbearer to Peter Murphy here.

          • Feeblejocks

            Ooh! I’ve got a great one. Blut Aus Nord to Bob Seger.

          • brutal_sushi

            I back this… I do love them both…

        • NeverBlack

          I like to go from Necrophagist to Norah Jones. And people say that we metalheads are close-minded! =D

          • Jukka Alanen

            From Ne Obliviscaris to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds works as well.

  • Jukka Alanen

    Wow, 5/5. Don’t remember seeing perfect score here in a while :) Listened to this once when it was streaming somewhere and really sounded great. Can’t wait to get my hands on the vinyl version. Already looking forward to sitting on my sofa listening to this and sipping quality whisky.

    • Feeblejocks

      The last perfect score was awarded to Carcass’ Surgical Steel. There’s not a very high number of these. And it’s been even longer since I’ve seen a perfect score given to an album by a band I’ve never heard of. (The most recent time that happened was back in 2012 …)

  • http://www.metal-fi.com/ Alex

    Definitely gonna check this out X. Great review.

    • Madam__X

      Thanks Alex :) Let me know your thoughts.

  • DrChocolate

    Solstafir is so oddly, uniquely and wonderfully their own thing. I adore Köld, but Svartir Sandar sort of skipped by me somehow. Based on this write up it sounds like I should not let that happen with this one. Love that track above.

    • Madam__X

      Oddly unique and wonderful, thats a great description of them – I agree. I can’t stop listening to the track myself… making it tough to work on my next review!

  • tool

    These guys have such an incredible, epic, organic, pagan-y atmosphere. Svartir Sandar was a great album but it’s flaw was that it dragged on a while, so I think this could easily surpass it and become their masterpiece. Anyway I can’t wait to hear the whole thing!

    • Madam__X

      Yup, agreed. 2 Parts was the mistake there, there’s none of that bloatedness on this release.

  • Excentric_1307

    I had to do a double take when you mentioned Cold Play in the review. However, having been listening to them for the first time through a youtube playlist, that’s not inaccurate. Thanks for introducing me to them!

    • Madam__X

      That’s fantastic! Enjoy your new find :)

      • Excentric_1307

        I found a full album stream and have listened to it a couple times. It’s really, really good. But in the back of my mind, I ask myself if this is a perfect album, and I’m just not sure. Listening to it again, I think the biggest reason I’m not sure it’s perfect is because it’s not metal enough. It has its moments of metal-ness, especially in the atmosphere and themes but it seems too pop like to be a “perfect” metal album. I hope I’ve articulated my thoughts about it well enough, because I do want to point out that it is, indeed, a staggeringly good album. It’s just not perfect.

        • Madam__X

          The album’s the perfect version of itself, of the type of melodic, melancholic post-metal mixed with alternative rock that the band were aiming for. It’ll never be the perfect thrash album or say the perfect death or black metal album – that wasn’t its intention.

          • funeraldoombuggy

            Angry(post)MetalGuy. hahaha. If the album was more “metal” or if it tried to be heavier it wouldn’t have worked out so good.

          • Madam__X

            Exactly!

  • http://www.nocleansinging.com/ Islander

    Excellent review for a most excellent album.

    • Madam__X

      Appreciate the kind words, thanks! Now if I could just stop playing the album maybe I could get going with my next review ;)

  • Kronos

    Definitely checking this on out.

    • Madam__X

      Do it!

  • http://www.angrymetalguy.com Angry Metal Guy

    LOLWUT

  • http://www.metalvortex.net/ [HKK] Hell³

    I am a bit surprised at the score, but not much. It is a really good album with really groundbreaking ideas. Personally it may end in my year’s end list but it will fight hard for a third spot.

    • Madam__X

      Amped to see what grabs the first two positions.

      • http://www.metalvortex.net/ [HKK] Hell³

        Still a bit early to tell, but right now the short list has Panopticon, Vindensang and Solstafir. It could change when I hear the full releases of Witch Mountain and Falls of Rauros. I just love Uta Plotkin’s voice and her swan song with the band may be her most emotional performance yet. And Falls of Rauros’ latest, which already had some praise from Lunn himself, seem to be taking the baton from Agalloch at full speed.

        Also, great review, I spent most of the time nodding in agreement.

  • FutureBeyondSatan

    Nice review, MX. Solstafir is an evolving giant. For those of you out there that have yet to see the “Fjara” video, do so.

    • Madam__X

      It’s a stunning video. I can’t wait for this album to get its official video release.

  • El Lado Oscuro

    To me, this record is the real contender to Insomnium´s Shadows of The Dying Sun, for 2014 top spot (and prolly Behemoth’s The Satanist)

  • RagE

    Still waiting for my vinyl to arrive, but what i heard on the album stream was fantastic. Love the concept too! Think this is gonna be up there with Melana chasmata and Bled white

    • RagE

      And the new Ne obliviscaris, the new Primordial, the debut of God of Atheists, and everything else yet to be released!

  • Arjan Zwamborn

    I was wondering whether I’d be the only one this enthusiastic about this release. It seems, you’re never the only one.

    Excellent review btw! I’m now even more stoked to listen to this album over and over again.

    • Madam__X

      Thank you! :)

  • Feytalist

    …huh.

    You know, I listened to this album’s stream a week or so back. I knew there was something about it that caught me, but I was busy with other things at the time. Guess I’ll take a closer look now, thanks to this review :D

    Love the cover, too.

    • Madam__X

      Thanks for stopping by and giving it a read :)

    • http://www.unappreciatedscholars.com/ Steven Shreve

      Put it on some headphones for full effect

  • Luke_22

    This is usually stuff outside my comfort zone, but damn, following your review/perfect score I’m compelled to check this shit out. Nice work!

  • funeraldoombuggy

    Dagmal is pretty much the best song of all time.

  • Synthetase

    Had a listen to a couple of tracks on youtube after reading this. You know immediately that you have to buy it when you get the shiver running down your spine. Thanks for hooking me up :)

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Wow 5 out of 5 and an intriguing review!
    Judging by Solostafir they are obviously very influenced by fellow countrymen Sigur Ros, which can only be a good thing. Will definitely be picking up a copy of this.

  • Angel R. Suarez

    After listening… I almost feel this is the album I’ve been waiting all year for. That or YOB. Time for a musical battle.

  • Jukka Alanen

    Got my double LP today and after first spin I’m already hooked. I agree with just about everything in this review, all the way to the solos in “Nón” (a song which became an instant favourite for me). At least I know what I’m doing this weekend whenever I have some time to kill (although Pale Communion is probably gonna fill some of those slots too). :)

  • euthanatos

    yeah, this one is going on the “best of” list at year’s end. Great review, btw

    • Madam__X

      Thanks :)

  • Mike

    I’ll definitely be picking this up as soon as it’s released.

    • Madam__X

      Good stuff!

  • http://www.unappreciatedscholars.com/ Steven Shreve

    I can’t stop listening to this record. I’ve got a huge backlog of stuff to write about, but I can’t get any of it done because I’m stuck on Ótta. I think it’s my album of the year.

    • Madam__X

      I hear you! Much of the same my side.