Icelandic metal quartet Sólstafir continues to embrace an intricate songwriting style following a remarkable sonic evolution that defies any standard musical categories on the long awaited new opus “Endless Twilight of Codependent Love” which can instantly spellbind you with magical soundscapes yet also marks a return to the band’s heavier influences.
The stunning opening track “Akkeri” stands out for the brilliant guitar work that effortlessly shifts from darkly enchanting harmonies to aggressive riffage channeling a tormented blackened influence while the emotional nature is definitely enhanced by the outpouring charisma of vocalist Aðalbjörn “Addi” Tryggvason and the hazy atmospheric arrangements.
“Drýsill” tends to follow a slower introspective pathway as the intricate atmospheric ensemble feels like a warm daydream unfolding around the cathartic vocal delivery and the harrowing melodic guitars that will evolve into a sumptuous crescendo with the addition of groovy rhythmic blasts.
The dreamy atmospheric tapestries and the haunting guitar melodies of “Her Fall From Grace” evoke a shimmering post-rock mood creating a surreal world that seems so distant from the actual reality and putting the spotlight on the striking vocal performance that will touch your soul.
On “Dionysus” the primal blackened essence is bound to prevail as the vocals become twisted screams and the unrestrained rhythmic patterns demand a faster tempo that allows the particularly fierce guitar work to spontaneously craft an insanely groovy blend of savage riffage and darkened leads.
The poetic flair of “Úlfur” comes to life through the melancholia infused melodies that continue to amplify an intense emotional turmoil as the gloomy enticing guitar phrases flow gently until the heavier slightly sinister riffage and the majestic drumming generate an unforgettable groovy momentum.
An enthralling darkness is destined to thrive on “Endless Twilight of Codependent Love” and you can easily perceive the pain & grief lingering through the exquisite detailed composition as Sólstafir naturally convey authentic emotions within a unique labyrinthine sonic vision.