Richard G. : The surprise of this month comes from Iceland. The name is Dynfari and the band consists of two musicians. Jon Emil is responsible for percussion and guitar and Johan Orn does vocals, bass and also guitar. Their second full-length 'Sem Skuggin', released by Code 666, is in my opinion a post black metal masterpiece. The duo knows how to create the perfect desolate atmospheres where despair, desire, frustration and all those other beautiful negative emotions find their place.
This feat is achieved by manipulating in a grand manner the tempo (mostly slow), building climaxes and sporadic vocal intensity. Whether it is by sensitive acoustic playing or sharp and shrill black metal riffs, if there is one thing that Dynfari accomplish it is to touch you in your very core. The combination of post rock and black metal conceptually reminds me of Agalloch's 'The Mantle', however, Dynfari's version is much more raw and displays more kinship to the European metal tradition. If you want, you can hear shards of Burzum, but also for example influences from their fellow countrymen in Solstafir. Apart from all these descriptions, however, you should realise that above all this band has created their own sound. So please do not attach to much weight to the names mentioned above and listen to 'Sem Skugginn' with an open mind. You will not be disappointed.