Over the years Iceland’s own Sólstafir have been transcending the genre and captivating listeners with their own unique blend of rock. Incorporating an array of elements ranging from Experimental to Psychedelic the Icelandic quartet have paved the road for themselves, moving them to the forefront of the scene. While their roots lie deep in the realm of metal their new album Berdreyminn is a beautiful homage to the various sounds within the bands scope. Translating to “dreamer of forthcoming events” Berdreyminn paints an ambience as vast as the landscapes of their homeland.
In the world of today’s Black Metal scene we come across a wealth of bands who seek to procure the very foundation of the genre. If you have kept up with the various acts you will most likely notice that Iceland has exploded like a volcano, evoking a number of molten ridden bands.Both
Misþyrming and Sinmara have released superb debut albums that have left me hungry for more and this split has reminded me once again why I love both bands. It is no secret here that The Metal Wanderlust is a fan of Iceland’s scene, with bands like Carpe Noctem, Svartidauði, Wormlust, and Mannveira just to name a few there is something for everyone.
Instead of my usual lets review this album today I decided to just talk about this band as a whole, a bit of unrestrained praise if you will. As I have said countless times before, Iceland has A LOT of talent when it comes to the metal scene and Wormlust has managed to deliver some deep, dark, and all around wholly satisfying mix of Black Metal. Wormlust is the project of solitary member H.V Lyngdal and he originally started under the name Wolfheart but then changed names. After a number of demos between the years of 2006-2011
“The Feral Spirit” was thrust into the scene in 2013.
With its beautiful scenery and harsh winters there really is something special about music that comes out of Iceland. The country has come a long way when it comes to the metal scene, and Auðn have managed to portray the cold atmosphere of their home in their sweeping release “Auðn”. I am a big fan of the Icelandic metal scene and I have rarely been disappointed with anything that comes out of that amazing place. This album is rich with all the familiarities of Black Metal but the atmospheric and melodic elements really adds something special. Now unfortunately I do not speak Icelandic and this is not the first time I have longed for that ability, but do not get me wrong this does not take away from the release. Each song is melodic, powerful, and bleak.