Sólstafir – Berdreyminn Review

solstafir berdreyminnWell, there’s a few hours of my life that I’m not getting back. Disappointingly Berdreyminn, the latest effort from Icelandic band Sólstafir is not their best work to say the least.

Admittedly I never quite got the ‘hype’ surrounding their previous effort Ótta, instead feeling that some of their other releases were more worthy of a closer look, but Berdreyminn just feels like a wet fart in comparison to everything else. There’s nothing about the piece that is exciting or jumps out at you, and it doesn’t exactly make for engaging or gripping listening as a result.

Try as I may, I just can’t seem to connect with any of the songs. There’s no big hooks or sections that will suck you into the music, and it just seems to drag – songs merge together and sound repetitive, so it’s difficult to stay interested for the entire album’s duration.

In short, Berdreyminn is definitely missing that special sparkle that was there in past releases. Whether that’s because of their lineup change (this is the first release without their ex-drummer Gummi) remains to be seen, so I’ll be interested to hear what’s in store with their next album – hopefully this is just a one-off blip.

3/10

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Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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