It's safe to say that Solstafir is different and that's a good thing. 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. However, none of this was necessarily apparent when the band released their debut Í Blóði og Anda ("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. Fully realized follow-ups Masterpiece of Bitterness (2005) and Köld" (2009) introduced new elements in a continuous evolution that is still ongoing. Solstafir's music is as much the product of Arctic blizzards as it is red hot volcanic magma, erupting geysers, lush green pastures, and salty waves...the perfect mix of metal and non-metal elements. Spinefarm Records is proud to reissue Masterpiece Of Bitterness on gatefold 180g double vinyl for the first time.