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PREMIERE: Sólstafir offer the first taste of their stunning new album

One of the most stunning and original bands to have emerged from the metal scene in recent years, Iceland’s Sólstafir are about to return from the wilderness on with the follow-up to 2011’s breakthrough album, Svartir Sandir.

Having freelanced regularly for the Melody Maker and Kerrang!, and edited the extreme metal monthly, Terrorizer, for seven years, Jonathan is now the overseer of all the album and live reviews in Metal Hammer. Bemoans his obsolete superpower of being invisible to Routemaster bus conductors, finds men without sideburns slightly circumspect, and thinks songs that aren’t about Satan, swords or witches are a bit silly.