Sólstafir is a metal band from Iceland. The band’s name is the Icelandic word for sun beams (crepuscular rays). In 2017, they released their sixth album, Berdreyminn. The band’s lyrics are almost all in their native tongue of Icelandic with some songs in English. The lights went out and fans cheered as the quartet made their way to the stage and started the show with Köld (cold). Sólstafir‘s music is very calm and soothing. Perfect for those quiet days, nights, and long drives home or just to relax when you don’t want the usual loud noise that is metal. The singing itself is beautiful. Whether it’s the vocals from frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason or the high-pitch backing vocals of bassist Ragnar Zolberg. Sólstafir continued the beautiful atmosphere of their show as they played a few more tracks like Ótta (Dead of Night), the absolutely beautiful track Fjara (Beach), and Bláfjall (Black Mountain). The final track for their performance was Goddess of the Ages clocking in at 12 minutes and 41 seconds. A perfect ending for their performance. Sólstafir bid farewell to their audience and made way for the headlining band of the night.
Paradise Lost is a gothic/doom metal band from England. In 2017, they released their fifteenth studio album, Medusa. This year is a special occasion for the band because they celebrate their 30th anniversary. It was a relief to see them back in the US because the last time they came was in 2012. The setlist would be a special set containing a selection of their best songs. Paradise Lost came out and started the show with The Enemy from their 2007 album, In Requiem. In classic gothic/doom metal style, their music isn’t meant to be fast or aggressive. Instead, you submerge yourself in the music and the lyrics. The next song played was Pity of Sadness followed by One Second. Paradise Lost has a very calm stage presence and would hardly move on stage. Paradise Lost would play many more classics and leave their audience in awe as they played songs such as Enchantment, Erased, Medusa, and Beneath Broken Earth. Paradise Lost finished their set and left the stage. Fans stayed behind and chanted for the band to come back out. It wasn’t long before Paradise Lost came back out for some encores. The first two encores were No Hope in Sight followed by The Longest Winter. To end the show, Paradise Lost brought out Aðalbjörn Tryggvason from Sólstafir for a duet for the performance of Say Just words. After the song ended, Paradise Lost left the stage once again to a very happy audience. Hopefully it’s not another six years before their return.