Sólstafir ‎– Í Blóði Og Anda - gatefold ltd 2-LP


There're a striking differences between the first Sólstafir's full-length and the further releases. I was pleasantly surprised by "Í Blóði og Anda", probably, because at first I listened to the following albums. And I can announce with the 100 % confidence that the debut album of this icelandic band is not less great than for example next called "Masterpiece Of Bitterness". For me their first is one the most favourite black metal album ever and I don't understand why many people have a dislike for "Í Blóði og Anda". Maybe, it occurs, because many fans have already got accustomed to the soft sound like on "Köld" and don't want to apprehend the early works of Sólstafir. But this fact doesn't matter me much and I will continue to admire this alluring release further.

I can't call the sound on "Í Blóði og Anda" really raw; it is some kinda distorted, but tolerable and I listened to it with the biggest pleasure, because the music there is perfect. Drum work here is done very correct, so I can't mark out any flawless (the same as on the other albums). The melodies here are extremely beautiful; they will stick in your mind for a long time. Every song has its own theme and there are no tracks which I can name as less beautiful, all of the songs are absolutely astonishing. So, if you want to relax, listening to something heavy, "Í Blóði og Anda" is the best what I can counsel.

The special sound here is mostly imparted by the strange guitar sounding and I even don't know, how to describe it (sometimes it bear a strong resemblance for me to rock'n'roll, and sometimes it can sound like pagan black with some acoustic insets). But what I know exactly that it will not leave you indifferent. Drums I also cannot call same to the big abundance of bands. In most cases they sound fast, but without blastbeats, what's amazing for such music. Vocals are really mad, Tryggvason bawls literally on the every track. But that fact makes "Í Blóði og Anda" even more beautiful, original and authentic.

To my mind, it has no sense to describe the songs by turns. It's much better to sit and listen to this regular masterpiece from Sólstafir. Yes, it is the best way to understand and then to fall in love with this outstanding music.