Dynfari will open new doors at Roadburn with two special album performances

Though we’ve had quite a few Icelandic bands before at Roadburn, as you’ve surely noticed, none of them – or of any other nationality, while we’re at it – quite sound like Dynfari. A chameleonic, labyrinthine mix of post-rock and black metal, thickly atmospheric, as beautiful and inspiring as it is quietly sombre and menacing, as illuminating as it is sorrowful.

A former duo, they eventually became a fully fleshed out quartet just before the release of their acclaimed 2017 album The Four Doors Of The Mind, an ambitious, thought-provoking conceptual work on the stages of grief that we are still processing to this day. To help us complete that process, we have invited Dynfari to perform The Four Doors Of The Mind in full at Roadburn, a profound spiritual journey that will make the 50 minutes seem like much, much longer – seasons in the size of minutes, as it were.

Dynfari’s Jóhann comments: “We look forward to moving through the Four Doors at Roadburn, in a performance that we have never put on before, and one that may prove difficult to create again.”

And whereas that would be the end of a regular announcement, because this band is anything but regular, there is still another surprise in store, and another special show from these Icelandic dreamweavers. We are ecstatic to reveal that Dynfari will play another very special show at Roadburn, where they will present their recently announced new album, Myrkurs er þörf, a self-described “return to more DIY, punch and attitude”, on Sunday, April 19th.

“Performing a second set at Roadburn 2020 is a great honor,” Jóhann told us. “It will be dedicated to our new album Myrkurs er þörf, and as such I imagine it will be a quite different experience from our Four Doors performance. I believe every person has a bright side and a dark side, and this fifth full-length album of ours really emphasizes the significance of life’s darkest times while at the same time strongly refusing surrender. In a way more violent and to the point than Four Doors, the Myrkurs er þörf performance will show another side of us and provide a much needed balance.”

This performance takes place, in fact, a mere two days after the actual official release of the album, so during Roadburn we will be able to discover this new masterpiece of skewed heaviness in both record and live form. Balance, beautiful balance

José Carlos Santos / February 2020

Date: April 19

Time: TBA

Stage: Hall of Fame



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