Dynfari are a band from Iceland that plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2011 album.
"Von" starts off with some nature sounds which leads to some ambient style clean playing from the guitars which also finishes off the song before going into the actual songs.
"Dynfari" starts off with some distorted sounding drones before the melodic and slow black metal riffs start kicking in before adding in some more primitive riffing, powerful bass lines, blast beats from the drums and grim sounding screams while also switching back and forth between mid paced and fast while keeping the melody and adding in atmospheric elements for a few minutes until the song goes into a slower direction with a single note guitar melody with no other instruments present for a few seconds until the drums and bass guitar kicks in which leads to the return of the screams along with some power chords giving the song a blackened doom feeling staying in that direction for a few minutes before going into melodic riffing and clean playing while still retaining some of the slow and heavy parts and powerful screams while also doing the switch back and forth between slow and fast until the guitars go into a more post black metal direction also also getting more faster and melodic with powerful blast beats for a few moments and then the song closes with some slow black metal riffs from the guitars and bass.
"Vonleysi" starts off with some soft acoustic guitar playing before the drums, bass guitars, slow and heavy guitar riffs kick in which lead to the dark and grim sounding screams making their way in the music and they get more higher pitched when the song goes into a more mid paced direction for a few seconds before reverting back to t he slower riffing while also adding in some depressive melodies as well as keeping the music heavy, after 5 minutes the song goes into a more clean direction with the guitars while also returning to the acoustic elements which in return leads back to the doom metal style heaviness and after a few minutes the melody as well as clean singing and then the song ends with some soft post rock elements.
"Eymd" starts off with some soft acoustic guitar playing and dark sound effects, one minute into the song some powerful drumming, slow and heavy guitar riffs start kicking in which lead up to some powerful bass playing and grim screams, around the 4 minute mark some clean playing comes into the song before kicking back into the heavier parts until the song goes into a more dark, mid paced black metal direction for a few moments before going back to the slow and clean parts as well as throwing in some avant garde style sounds before closing the song.
"Hol" picks up where the last song stopped before going into some acoustic guitar playing which utilizes a great amount of finger picking and then the drums and bass guitars make their presence known as well as some full chords giving the song a post rock feeling and then the song closes with the finger picking parts.
Lyrics on the album are written in their native tongue and cover philosophy, life, death, loss, hope and sorrow, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and dark sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the album with the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Dynfari are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal band and if you are a fan of the genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dynfari" and 'Eymd". RECOMMENDED BUY.