Solstafir
Köld


4.5
superb

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2009 | 137 replies | 18,913 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A behemoth of an album, Primordial and Neurosis combine to move a mountain.

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

It starts off slowly at first, a slow, droning melody distorted while something bigger suggestively lurks underneath. A minute in and it all begins to kick off; guitars play simple melodies over pounding drums and solid, rhythmic bass lines. It progressively gets bigger and bigger, until it all slows to a halt. 78 Days in the Desert is the opening track, an instrumental colossus that only begins to hint at what is to come.

Over the next hour of the album Solstafir just pound away at the senses with a completely focused and consistent drive. Combining the best of Primordial-style clean vocals and aggressive guitars with ambient, Post Metal build ups, Kold is an album that is as unique as it is accessible, as dense as it is catchy, and a startlingly memorable album. The execution and production is huge. Songs go for an average of around eight minutes, sometimes building up to huge climaxes, other times constantly changing and developing around small sections of sound. This is perfectly shown in the first three tracks, with 78 Days and Pale Rider showing off the best of the bands almost post-rock-esq song construction and style, while title track Kold builds upon tempo changes and ambient slowdowns before finishing with an amazing climax.

Despite this, the sound and atmosphere of the album is consistently solid. While some songs do certainly differ from the majority (Love is the Devil and Necrologue, for example) they still bear the trademarks of the Solstafir sound. Some songs are harsher than other songs, while some take longer to develop, but it is this variety that gives the album such a lasting appeal, and the band are a better unit because of that, not despite it. This variety also means that it will appeal to people with different musical tastes, because Solstafir pull off every aspect of their sound to perfection. The ambient build ups are magical, the riffs are stunning, the vocals are off the scale good and the length is never overbearing. Were it not for a few moments in the middle where it is easy to zone out slightly, the album would be pretty much perfect – a completely fabulous mix of elements that simply play off each other marvellously.

And that in the end is what this album is all about. The voice, the guitars, the structure of the songs, all of these things come together to make an album that is more than the sum of its (already impressive) parts. Some albums bear their strengths on one key feature, Solstafir don’t need to, pretty much everything clicks together here, and the result is colossal.



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gaslightanthem
February 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


i'm probably gonna really like this

robin
Emeritus
February 3rd 2009



4248 Comments


i prefer masterpiece of bitterness. good review. This Message Edited On 02.03.09

illmitch
February 3rd 2009



5429 Comments


This sounds great. I'm a big fan of black metal with some clean vocals and post-rock influences. Your descriptions call to mind Agalloch and Alcest circa Le Secret...would you call these accurate comparisons? If so, this is a must for me.

Hawks
February 3rd 2009



35647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listened to one of the songs on lastfm and its amazing how much this vocalist sounds like the guy from Primordial. I'll check out the whole album eventually.

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Crimson
February 3rd 2009



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@illmitch, kind of, but not entirely. They're valid comparisons but Solstafir's sound is much more akin to Post Metal really.

AngelPhoenix
February 3rd 2009



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, short and sweet. There really isn't a whole lot more to say about this album, colossal is definitely this thing in a nutshell. I'm kind of surprised this is considered black metal.
Listened to this once and it wasn't nearly enough to take in everything the band puts down with this thing. Amazing album.

illmitch
February 3rd 2009



5429 Comments


Awesome. I'm checking this out now.

BallsToTheWall
February 3rd 2009



44197 Comments


Agree agree agree agree mother fucking agree to Crimson's acurate motherfuckin analysis. Good work Captain Bluebeard.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Crimson
February 3rd 2009



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

motherfucking yes

TricksterGRex
February 3rd 2009



2087 Comments


BETTER MOTHERFUCKING SOUND LIKE NEUROSIS

BallsToTheWall
February 3rd 2009



44197 Comments


There's another awesome psot metal record to come out this year. Well, Giant Squid's is shaping up to be quite fuckign epic album but I've heard good things about Grayceon's new album. Ironically enough has members Giant Squid and Amber Asylum.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2009



17204 Comments


sounds epic. getting now.

Crimson
February 3rd 2009



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got that Giant Squid album preordered, and Trickster, it doesn't really sound that much like them tbh, that summary just sounded better than 'Primordial and post-metal combine...'
I'll have to check out Grayeon.

TricksterGRex
February 3rd 2009



2087 Comments


Oh well I've already downloaded it might as well listen.

jrowa001
February 3rd 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

totally agree, this album is so immense. glad to see this reviewed. excellent review

Mendigo
February 3rd 2009



2299 Comments


gotta be one of the coolest post-metal albums I've listened to in a while. good review as well.

Yazz_Flute
February 3rd 2009



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Checking this out. Fucking NOW.

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Tyler
Emeritus
February 3rd 2009



7926 Comments


this came out of nowhere. pretty funny how i was talking about these guys when Masterpiece came out and everyone was like OMG THEY SUCK and now you guys are fap fap fap fap fapping over them. Can't wait to hear this.

BallsToTheWall
February 3rd 2009



44197 Comments


I heard their last album and liked it quite some time ago when I was myspacing for metal from obscure countries. Found Iceland, and found MOB. Don't know about the rest of these cats though.

This is a significant improvment I must say.This Message Edited On 02.03.09

willfellmarsy
February 3rd 2009



3849 Comments


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