Keeping a finger on the pulse


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Finally, the countdown ended in the darkness of Gaukurinn that is a venue located in Reykjavík downtown. It was Friday night, June 12th, this time of year when Iceland is still sunny even after midnight. The day of musical fireworks has come so with an elevated level of excitement and armed with a beer I was ready for the show that would proudly start my weekend. Only bands like progressive post-metal Kontinuum and hardcore Muck know how to scratch me behind the ears effectively. This year I was told by a person experienced on Icelandic music scene that Kontinuum is a band to watch. Indeed, they have played together since 2010 and recently released the second album entitled Kyrr. So the show began with the opener of the album that drifts between progressive post-metal and dreamwave. Breath made me feel immediately that Kyrr would fit perfectly into the mysterious drawer owned by my parents that was full of cassettes begging me (as a child) for further exploration. Blending elements of dreamwave, cold post-punk, doom metal and even gothic, this five piece band consisting of experienced musicians offers the power of three guitars covered with a deep voice of Birgir Thorgeirsson that enhances the impression of unreality of the surrounding and entering a hypnotic and kind of spiritualistic mood. Musically, melodic compositions are characterized by a variety of the elaborate layers and they prove that the closure within one genre is only for jellyfish but thanks to Kristján Einar Guðmundsson heavy

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Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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