Solstafir + Tropic of Xhao
SÓLSTAFIR are different. Their unique blend of metal with beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and a strong undercurrent of classic / hard rock comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the landscapes of their native Iceland. Their fifth full-length "Ótta" is the logical continuation of the musical course this four-piece adopted on the highly acclaimed forerunner "Svartir Sandar" (2011).
Expect the unexpected, such as seduction by subtle strings or a hypnotic banjo. None of this was apparent when SÓLSTAFIR released their album debut "Í Blóði og Anda", which translates as 'In Blood and Spirit' in 2002. Instead of today's Icelandic gravel throated siren chants, frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason spit forth vitriolic crust-like vocals and the ripping guitars were clearly black metal inspired. Yet the band was as clearly identifiable back then as now and along their way with the next albums "Masterpiece of Bitterness" (2005) and "Köld" (2009) introducing new elements in a continuous evolution.
Tropic of Xhao is a 3-piece psych band led by singer/guitarist Lulah Belle. Backed up by Connor on synth bass and organ/keys and various live drummers, the band attempt to forge an original sound - a guitar band with dance influences, but an organic feel as opposed to relying too heavily on electronics and the harder edge of more recent dance music.
All tickets £12.50.
Doors open 7.30pm.