It’s nice to have an excuse to put Kim Holm’s artwork on our site again. Up above is the piece he created for the song “Æra”, which appeared on the magnificent 2011 album by Iceland’s Sólstafir, Svartir Sandar. “Æra” is on my mind because Sólstafir have just released an official video for that song. It’s a live performance at the 2012 Eistnaflug Festival in Iceland using footage shot by about a dozen camera wielders.
I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it. The beat, the riffs, the vocals . . . all good. Always thought the hammering parts of the song would be a sure-fire mosh trigger, and it’s nice to see it happening in this video.
I really, really need to see this band on stage, someday, some way. The video is after the jump.
That was my guess, but didn’t know for sure. I just added that info to the post. I also just saw the Eistnaflug lineup for 2013. Stupendous.
Oh, I don’t know if that’s where the video was shot, although it’s as good a guess as any. I was responding to the end of the post where you said: I really, really need to see this band on stage, someday, some way.
2013 does have a killer lineup.
Ah, okay. I’ll look around and see if I can find out for sure where it was filmed.
great song, and a really effective live clip
Anybody know what any of the lyrics mean? People in the audience seem to really be reacting to them, as well as singing along.
I found the lyrics on Metal Archives and ran them through Google Translate, but the results really aren’t very intelligible. Some words didn’t translate at all and others obviously lost something in the transition to English. So we’ll have to hope that someone who speaks both languages wanders by here.
I have seen them 3 times now, and the always kick ass. His vocals always surprise me. Very passionate and powerful delivery.
Couldn’t agree more. His vocals sound like no one else to me. I always get a kick out of watching him play guitar, too — bent straight down from the waist. 🙂
This made my day! And seeing them live has been added to my bucket list.
“I really, really need to see this band on stage, someday, some way. The video is after the jump.”
You had your chance to sit in a hottub and watch them, but you were too much of a little bitch to bother 😛
Damn, you really know how to rub it in. I’m going to 70000 Tons in 2014 just to keep you from bitch-slapping me all over again. So there.
so far the lineup kinda blows, so I haven’t booked. I’m just holding out for the next Barge (rumored to be 2014)
Alright! I’m definitely in for 70000 Tons now. 🙂