MAY 9th 2015

Review by: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper


Great day to head into Vancouver and cover a show. The Astoria Pub, is not usually a venue we cover, the lighting is bad, and sometimes the sound is the horrible, but when a band you, and don’t miss, comes to town, you go wherever you need to. So Astoria it was. Just a note here, I hope that next time a different venue, way too many mean and nasty drunks here.

Up first tonight is SPELL, saw them last November at The Media club, when they opened for Raven. I enjoyed their music last time, but can’t really say that this time around, what I did like was the music, great beats, flowed together nicely, but the vocals didn’t really fit into the music, I think they needed to be deeper sounding, with more gusto. I was also a little surprised when they broke a “D” string and asked if anyone had a spare, first off when you are doing a show, you have spares, you come prepared, but Sólstafir came to the rescue. I was surprised that I enjoyed the last show but not this one so much. Sorry guys.

Next local band to come out was SEVEN NINES AND TENS, never heard of this band before. And tonight they blew three amps simultaneously, got spat on, played in a puddle (fog from the fog machine). But I could not get my head wrapped around this band at all, it was just way too slow, in fact I lost interest really fast and started checking out the room, and talking to people I know. I can’t even really put their music into a genre, although they call themselves ‘sky gaze’, whatever that means, I typed it in and it just came up with a band. So I am guessing they came up with a genre all their own. I am not even sure I can say what’s needed here. But if they are enjoying themselves and having a blast playing, that’s all that matters.

ANCIENT VVISDOM is the next to come out on stage, now if you enjoy Death Rock, Folk Metal, Acoustic Doom, Occult Blues then this band is for you, it has a little of everything. It’s also a band that doesn’t care if you like them or not, they love what they do, and they will play for whoever wants to listen. The riffs may be simple, the drum beats may not be 300bpm, but they played a good set, but there wasn‘t much of a crowd there to enjoy it, which was a shame, but the people there may not have showed the enjoyment, but were there to support.

SÓLSTAFIR, a band that has travelled many miles to share their music with us. My first experience with this band was on Barge to Hell, and I haven’t missed seeing them since. I was really happy to see them headlining, meaning we got to enjoy a longer set. In case you haven’t heard of Sólstafir, they are an Icelandic metal band, formed in 1995, and the name is the Icelandic word for crepuscular rays (also known as sun rays) in atmospheric optics, are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from the point in the sky where the sun is located. The rays are in fact near-parallel shafts of sunlight, and their apparent convergence is a perspective effect (similar, for example, to the way that parallel railway lines seem to converge at a point in the distance). Make no mistake there is a lot of talent behind this band, they are unique, with magnificent melodies, add a little classic along with a touch of rock, and you will be taken on a musical excursion you won’t soon forget.  Trust me, you will lose yourself in their music. They played a variety of songs, and for me, I didn’t or can’t pick a favourite amongst them, each one has something that makes you take notice. You might have also noticed a new member to the group this time around, the drummer, and his name is Ari Steinarsson, and wow, he did an amazing job on that kit. Aðalbjörn Tryggvason on vocals carries you to another place, an absolutely incredible journey. Svavar Austmann on bass, pulls it all together with real talent, and let’s not forget Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson on guitar who magically excels and gives us so much.  Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed their set, standing tapping my fingers, nodding my head, and smiling like a crazy person because I more than enjoyed this. There is none, like SÓLSTAFIR. - Svo algerlega ótrúlegt - Þakka þér.