Dun Ringill Premiere “Reverend of Many Faces” Video


Swedish doomers Dun Ringill issued their second album, Library of Death, last summer through Argonauta Records. It is a particularly Scandinavian take on classic doom and metal in its construction of riffs and melodies and all the more in a piece like opener “Raven’s Tear” or the later “Well of Desire,” and in the kind of folkish undercurrent — at least that seems to be how they thought of it — there and in “My Funeral Song,” the Gothenburg six-piece not only flesh out arrangements with strings or dig through to a stylistic niche, but they use the material as a setting in which an examination of death, and thus the nature of life, take place, the band welcoming a host of guests in order to push their sound further into these yet-uncharted spaces, including Matti Norlin, who handles nyckelharpa, cello, violin and hurdy-gurdy across as range of tracks.

If you missed Library of Death, the title-track coming second after “Raven’s Tear” and making a morose side A trilogy piece with “My Funeral Song” ahead of the album-centerpiece “Dance of the Necromancer,” upon its release, remember, at the time there was no shortage of less-theoretical death to be concerned with in Summer 2020. And in that context, though the material would have been written earlier — likely over the course of 2019/early 2020 following the release of their debut LP, Welcome (review here), also through Argonauta Records; decidedly pre-plague in any case — even in the context of the traditionalist and markedly untraditionalist metal brought to bear, Library of Death feels woefully of its time, right unto the flute on “Dance of the Necromancer” or the hurdy-gurdy on “Well of Desire.” Even as it’s out of its time, purposefully so, both in its use of folk elements/instruments and its foundation in classic metal.

Maybe I’m overthinking it, but the way the three-plus-minute “NBK”dun ringill library of death (an acronym for “Natural Born Killers”), so willfully bursts out with driving, straight-ahead heavy metal seems too willful to just be a coincidence stuck in ahead of “Reverend of Many Faces” because it didn’t fit anywhere else. Dun Ringill, as a six-piece, no doubt have a hard enough time coordinating anything — have you ever tried to get six people into the same place at the same time? — that to then go ahead and broaden the lineup even further by bringing aboard guest players seems frankly like too much work if it wasn’t the point to start with. That is to say, the contrasts Dun Ringill set up across Library of Death, between classic structures or modern tonality, between folk and metal, even between guttural or more melodic vocals, are jarring at times, but these are jarring times. What else can it be that so readily pulls from varied pasts but the present?

“Reverend of Many Faces,” which includes an appearance from the admirably ubiquitous Per Wiberg on church organ in an epic closing section, caps the album in a manner that highlights the considered nature of the tracks’ direction. It is very much a culmination, not quite mirroring “Library of Death” or “My Funeral Song” back on side A, but in part continuing the thread after the aside of “NBK.” Bringing the point home, as it were. And it does so in grand fashion, the final dirge sounding very final indeed as the band cut the audio short to end cold and send a last message about the fleeting nature of our existence. We’re here and gone. So too, were they.

It’s a dark sound, but it moves, and even as epic as “Reverend of Many Faces” gets, it doesn’t lose its underpinning in doom metal. You’ll find Dun Ringill know what they’re doing when it’s all over, and the deeper you dig, the wider their breadth feels across Library of Death as a whole.

Happy to host the premiere their video for “Reverend of Many Faces.” I’ve also included the full album stream below for your perusal and the complete credits, which are ample in themselves.

Please enjoy:

Dun Ringill, “Reverend of Many Faces” official video premiere

Dun Ringill on “Reverend of Many Faces”:

Behind the sacred face of this holy Reverend, hides a dark and complex mind. He has an evil agenda and he will use his status and power to plead and honor “His True Father” ….

We see all over the world repeatedly that priests and reverends use their status and power in the society in horrible ways. They abuse and use children and adults behind the closed doors of their church, all in the name of God….What God to they obey?

Reverend of Many Faces is the brand-new video from Dun Ringill, taken from the bands second album “Library of Death”, released July 31st-20 via Argonauta Records.

Filmed and directed by: Patrik Andersson Winberg

The Reverend: Henrik Myrberg

Music by: Dun Ringill, Lyrics by: Patrik Andersson WInberg

Dun Ringill’s new album digs deeper into the soil of Nordic folk music and at the same time, it is even darker, rawer and heavier than their debut. Recorded with mastermind Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord and Grand Recording Studio during the winter of 2019, with Library of Death the band creates a haunting vibe of the evil wilderness and the dark woods lurking around the corner.

The album was arranged in a basement in the grey parts of Gothenburg while the lyrics were written on the high and mighty mountains of Norway. This special combination gives this album its unique aura of a beautiful darkness and malevolent feelings, that will follow you into your dreams…

When The Order of Israfel took a one year break from September 2017, the rhythm section Patrik Andersson Winberg (Bass) and drummer Hans Lilja (also in Lotus) grabbed the chance to create new music again together with Patrik’s old band mate from the Doomdogs era, Tomas Eriksson (Intoxicate and ex Grotesque). To make this exciting project of Dun Ringill as great as possible, the band teamed up with Gothenburg’s fella musicians, guitarists Tommy Stegemann (Silverhorse), Jens Florén (also in Lommi & ex- live guitarist for Dark Tranquillity) and Patric Grammann (SFT, Neon Leon). After the band released their critically acclaimed debut, Welcome, in March 2019 – followed by several gigs and tours with acts alike Church Of Misery, Year Of The Goat and Elder to name just a few, their new studio album Library of Death saw light of day on July 31st on Argonauta Records.

Dun Ringill are:
Thomas Eriksson – Vocals
Hans Lilja – Drums
Patrik Andersson Winberg – Bass
Jens Florén – Guitar
Tommy Stegemann – Guitar
Patric Grammann – Guitar

Glenn Kjellberg – Vocals (“Reverend of Many Faces”)
Matti Norlin – Nyckelharpa, Hurdy Gurdy, Cello, Violin
Philip Lindgren – Flute
Trevor Pricket – Spoken Word (“My Funeral Song”)
Per Wiberg – Church Organ (“Reverend of Many Faces”)
Matilda Winberg – Church Choir (“Reverend of Many Faces”)

Dun Ringill, Library of Death (2020)

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