Fall of Efrafa
Elil


4.5
superb

Review

by C I N A E D U S USER (21 Reviews)
January 30th, 2012 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The flaws within this record are limited, as Fall of Efrafa release one of the greatest atmospheric albums ever. Following the narrative - the Owsla abandon their god. Stricken down by the hand of man (Efrafa) - they walk away, tugged at by the memories

’All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.’


The word elil is a very strange one indeed. It is the word used to describe animals that are predators, and more specifically, prey on rabbits. For those of you who are unaware, Fall of Efrafas 2007 release is based on a 1978 movie (and the original book) called ‘Watership Down,’ a film revolving around the relationship between rabbits and man. However, there is a very urgent underlying message that Fall of Efrafa imply with all these references, and it is based on the very debatable topic of religion. They use quotes from Richard Dawkins book ‘The God Delusion,’ and also refer to passages from a bible and frequently mention religious figures, mirroring the stance adopted by the novel, one that idealises about how people die from ignorant ideologies and are oppressed by religion.

Elil, similar to many Godspeed You! Black Emperor releases, is only three songs long. Each surpassing the twenty minute mark, it makes this record a very interesting listen, yet not in the way GY!BE releases are. The atmosphere on display in Elil is one that mars most other similar attempts. The length of each song plays a big part in the overall feel of the record, Fall of Efrafa have limitless time on their hands to plant down their ideologies and set a very definable feel for the release.

‘Watership Down’ is a very bleak, violent novel and movie, one that is not meant for young children, despite its appearance. Elil takes on the first two of these characteristics. The raw power adopted in this record is one of the key aspects to Fall of Efrafa. Thoroughly simple chord progressions are played with a staggering violence, one that creates this album a systematically better listen. The rare muscle that helps the vocalist roar out his lyrics adds overall substance to an already vehement record. Yet the album is not only full of mere ferocity. A dark, deep ambient feel is commonly bought to the listener’s attention via haunting guitar melodies. These refrains are generally slow, murky and very depressing. Combined, these two physiognomies procure one of the greatest atmospheric albums to ever be released.

Fall of Efrafa don’t break down into roaring guitar solos, nor do they include ten minute drum fills that can quite often rip apart an attempted ether. However it is this lack of over-complexity that allows Elil to fulfil its purpose and represent its important message. Aside from the brilliant, spooky, clean guitar phrases the guitar work rarely strays from simple power chords. Yet again, this decision is what makes the album so gratifying, the listener is able to focus and take in all that Fall of Efrafa have put up for display. The drums, although usually at a walking pace, provide superb accompaniment to the rest of the track. The potential is definitely there, the listener can certainly identify that each band member is boundlessly talented. This is easily acknowledged, even though most band members seldom rip off the essential shackles that make this record as successful as it is.
Each of the three tracks move along at their own pace, which is generally a dawdling speed. This pace allows the record to be as brutal as it is, one that would be severely dented if Fall of Efrafa were to hasten their tempo.


Everything about this album has been thought out, structurally, musically and lyrically. The strong ideologies exposed by ‘Watership Down,’ are fittingly paralleled within Elil’s stanzas. The sludgy command emulated by each instrument creates an aura revolving around Fall of Efrafas release, one of immense forte.

For those that do not have this record, rest assured it is an essential and you are missing out on a lot.

"Religion, in all its forms is based on one thing; control. It is a set of beliefs which is created to indoctrinate, suppress and strangle the thoughts of those who choose to embrace it. It holds nothing more substantial than the rambling thoughts of groups of humans who wished to use it for one purpose or another. "



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DarthMann
January 30th 2012


13815 Comments


not my best work but it needed to be done

DarthMann
January 30th 2012


13815 Comments


oh yeah inb4 one review a day cos this is a different day

Ignimbrite
January 30th 2012


5384 Comments


how's this compare to Inle?

Digging: Jakob - Sines

seedofnothing
January 30th 2012


3425 Comments


I wanna say I 've heard this as the band name and album art sound and look very familiar.

DarthMann
January 30th 2012


13815 Comments


i like this album more than inle, but they are quite similar

and seed i dunno are you overly religious cos this has a lot of references

cb123
January 30th 2012


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great record, nice write up man

DarthMann
January 30th 2012


13815 Comments


cheers man

yeah i love this listen to it heaps

nice avatar lol

seedofnothing
January 30th 2012


3425 Comments


"and seed i dunno are you overly religious cos this has a lot of references"

I have my beliefs but when it comes to music all I care about is if the "music" itself is actually good. If you're referring to possible offensive elements to this band/album, I'm rarely, if ever, offending by such aspects.

cb123
January 30th 2012


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

haha cheers man, just started listening to this n its great, inle is awesome to

Nikkolae
January 30th 2012


4860 Comments


great write up, all three Fall Of Efrafa albums are great

Digging: Cursed Graves - Western Blood

DarthMann
January 31st 2012


13815 Comments


yeah seed that's cool, it's very religious but only if your gonna review it like me and actually care. definitley rec it to you.
yeah cb this slays, i know i said this is my favourite but its hard lol
and thanks nikkolae, yeah they are, shame theyre done


should reinvent themselves under a different name


cb123
January 31st 2012


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah for sure, the singer is with Light Bearer, their album is awesome to

XingKing
January 31st 2012


10850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

My favorite band of all time, to the point that I have some of their artwork tatted on me.

DIS-EM-BODIED - HE WANDERS THE - WAAASSTTEEEE. Best song on the album. The vocalists favorite song as well.

figure337
January 31st 2012


420 Comments


Lol I was wondering why they kept reminding me of light bearer. Good stuff.

DarthMann
January 31st 2012


13815 Comments


yeah lapsus is a sweet album too

ashpoodle
January 31st 2012


61 Comments


Both are good.

xenocide.
January 31st 2012


1187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"This pace allows the record to be as brutal as it is, one that would be severely dented if Fall of
Efrafa were to hasten their tempo."

But there are several fast-paced, crusty sections on this album, and they work perfectly.

Anyway, thanks for the review, it had to be done indeed. You've described the concept of this album
particularly well. I love 'Elil' as well as their other releases. Obvious pos.

DarthMann
January 31st 2012


13815 Comments


thanks man
and yeah everything they've done just slays so well.

fsharptrit0ne
January 31st 2012


4814 Comments


i've only checked out owsla by these guys, guess i gotta check this

DarthMann
January 31st 2012


13815 Comments


essential yea



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