This record sang to me even before I pressed play as I was reading the press release notes, it is a concept album around the issue of pain.
And this is very close to me as I have experienced neuropathic nerve damage pain for about 8 years after a very nasty and unexplained infection.
So let’s get on to Dynfari, who play a black metal infused prog tinged shoe gazing post rock. Using a fantasy writer’s theories on the mind and its processing of pain. Aldous Huxley and Jim Morrison discussed the doors of perception, and Patrick Rothfuss is speaking of the four doors here. To me, it can feel like a revolving door of pain at times. And this musical journey evokes that as well as it moves through differing emotions and moods as it entwines Icelandic poet Jóhann Sigurjónsson’s view of human existence, so we are back with Huxley and Mr. Mojo Risin’!
On paper the musical descriptions would probably turn me off, but, it was the Metaztasis cover that drew me in initially to give it a whirl, the calming pacific blue colours with mountains in the background caught my eye, and I was surprised with some of the instrumental inclusion here with accordion, flute and bouzouki which are handled very well and don’t appear out-of-place as the complement the harder driving force of drums and electric guitars.
This is their fourth album, and they take their hypnotizing mantra on to the live scene, which is a pleasant surprise. I am guessing it may be a similar experience to seeing Dragged in to Sunlight perform, as it could be heavy on smoke, atmosphere, candles and ritualistic incense to aid the four-dimensional experience.
Life, pain and death are heavy subjects, but this doesn’t mean that the album is a depressing listen, more of a gentle meditation on the human condition. To paraphrase this album ‘there are times when the mind must leave reality behind’ and this album gives me 48 minutes of expansive exploration of distant shores and the four perceptive doors.