Icelandic band Dynfari is known to skillfully create post-metal/post-rock atmospheric music and the latest release “The Four Doors Of The Mind” is based on a rather intriguing concept that explores fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss’ theory on the mind’s abilities to cope with pain combined with over 100 year old lamentations on human existence by early 20th century Icelandic existentialist poet Jóhann Sigurjónsson.
“1st Door: Sleep” starts with apparent melodic calm that recurs throughout the song with dominant shoegaze atmospheric elements but also introduces the listeners to a darker realm made of intense almost savage black metal guitar riffs and powerful growls.
The highly introspective nature of “Sorgarefni Segi Eg Bér” is well expressed in the intricate and often dramatic guitar work that elegantly shifts from sorrowful gothic style phrases to a more blackened metal core.
“Sorg” stands out for its captivating melancholy infused combo of acoustic guitar and flute melodies characterized by cold Nordic nuances.
“4th Door: Death” is a monumental track that showcases the main elements of Dynfari’s unique music style. Lavish and gloomy atmospheres enhance the emotional sonic palette as kaleidoscopic guitar melodies deliver exceptional melancholic depth. Darkened feelings might dominate the music themes but eventually the rhythmic section gains balanced brighter energetic dynamics.
Due to its contemplative complexity “The Four Doors Of The Mind” might never reach a wide audience nevertheless Dynfari are absolutely on the right path to become one of the most interesting bands in the underground metal scene.