FALL OF EFRAFA

Crust Punk / Atmospheric Sludge Metal • United Kingdom
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Fall Of Efrafa was an English crust punk / atmospheric sludge metal band from Brighton in Sussex, active between 2005 and 2009.

The band's work was conceptualised around the mythology present in the novel Watership Down.

Originally from Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, the quintet was formed with the intention of publishing a trilogy titled The Warren of Snares and based on an interpretation of the mythology present within the 1972 novel Watership Down by Richard Adams. The trilogy is composed of the albums Owsla, Elil and Inlé, co-produced by several labels. In the novel, Efrafa is a rabbit colony ruled by a dictator, who oppresses rebels through his elite police, the Owsla. In the context of the bands concept, Owsla represents the populace around which the story revolves, the Efrafa representing humanity. In the clutches of a theocratic dictatorship, their society is on the brink of collapse. With the
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FALL OF EFRAFA Owsla album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Owsla
Crust Punk 2006
FALL OF EFRAFA Elil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elil
Crust Punk 2007
FALL OF EFRAFA Inlé album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Inlé
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2009

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FALL OF EFRAFA Down To Agony / Fall Of Efrafa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Down To Agony / Fall Of Efrafa
Crust Punk 2007
FALL OF EFRAFA Tharn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tharn
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2008
FALL OF EFRAFA The Burial album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Burial
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2009

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FALL OF EFRAFA Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Crust Punk 2006

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FALL OF EFRAFA The Warren Of Snares album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Warren Of Snares
Crust Punk 2010

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The Road
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2010

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FALL OF EFRAFA Inlé

Album · 2009 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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(Originally written by me to the Prog Archives.)

Ahh, Fall of Efrafa. What an interesting band.

A concept band based around the high fantasy novel known as "Watership Down", Fall of Efrafa were a British post hardcore/atmospheric sludge/rock group. For those who are uninformed, "Watership Down" is a fantasy book written English author Richard Adams, following the tale of a colony of rabbits. This may sound strange for a band to base a theme around, but Fall of Efrafa's lyrics and transcriptions from the book are well written enough for even non-readers of the book (like me) to be interested by their lyrics. This album, "Inle" is their final album. (On an unrelated note, Fall of Efrafa's category of albums were a bit oddly placed on the website I discovered them so it was a tad confusing.)

The music of FOE could very easily be described as pure post rock, in the vein of later Isis (USA) and Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Canada). However, it also has a very straightforward post-hardcore/atmosludge style which brings to mind the more aggressive side of Neurosis (USA) and Dirge (France). The fourth track, "The Burial" is a song that incorporates both the sludge metal and post rock - it goes from incredibly heavy, to incredibly soft and soothing, and so on and so forth. The songs on this album are very long, the shortest being a 2 minute interlude ("The Sky Suspended"), and the longest being a near 18 minute monster (awesomely titled "Warren of Snares").

While the album carries a mostly heavy, almost doom-metal like atmosphere, there are some entirely soft songs on here too. "Simulacrum" is a lengthy 6 minute intro and is probably my least favorite of the album - it drags on for far too long and does not give a good idea of what the rest of the tracks will sound like. "The Sky Suspended" is another soft track, which is basically just a preparation for "Warren of Snares", and it doesn't do much to the album other than tensing the listener up for the grande finale.

My favorite track on here is "Woundwort". It starts off a little iffy at first, but soon becomes awesome and doesn't let up - full of massive riffs (13:44), simple but catchy drum beats, and some really good clean parts (3:27), with the vocalist screaming to his fullest.

Also, about the vocals - they are screams like I mentioned, a dry, raspy growl which makes it even more hardcore-ish. Many people might hate these vocals, but I personally love them. They sound desperate, anguished and with feeling, and they fit the music, especially during the heavy parts.

So what do we have here? We have a very, very good post-hardcore album with tinges of doom metal and heavy doses of post-rock, and will most likely appeal to fans of non metal heads and metalheads alike. Reccommended for fans of Neurosis, Isis, Rosetta and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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