Fall of Efrafa
Inle


5.0
classic

Review

by Arche CONTRIBUTOR (81 Reviews)
October 15th, 2015 | 93 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: VALEDICTION.

Sometimes, an album is so conceptually vast that it becomes more than simply a collection of songs. Now, this isn't saying that a collection of songs can't tell a story by itself – there are plenty of examples of that – and similarly many concept albums fall flat in trying to be cleverer than they are with their plotline or theme. Fall of Efrafa however, through their reworking of Richard Adams' popular Watership Down, didn't just manage to write one album of such rich concept – they wrote three, the third and final of which being Inle. In many ways, Inle is an appropriate title for a closer, coming from the Lapine word for death (Lapine being the fictional language set out by Adams for the rabbits). Not only does the album concern death in its lyrical content heavily, it also signals the end of the story, and in doing so the end of Fall of Efrafa as a band; yet, Inle also means the moon, or moonrise. Much like the moon, Inle should be considered with wonderment, and appreciated as much for its beauty as it is for its role as an inevitable end.

Inle signals a stylistic change once more for Fall of Efrafa. Having already changed from a more concise, crustier sound as seen on Owsla to the lengthy concoction of crust and post-metal created on Elil, Inle seems to further focus on the atmospheric qualities that the latter yielded to spellbinding effect. Almost entirely doing away with the fast d-beat, songs crest and fall in waves of climaxing tremolo-picked sections and bludgeoning, low-register chords. Interspersed with quieter, more percussion-led bridges that connect verses together with an almost majestic level of seamlessness, the entire package is one that manages to balance repetition and development perfectly, drawing the attention to Alex CF's vocals when needed and stealing the show with heartbreaking pessimism elsewhere. Despite the almost 80 minute running time, the feeling of necessity to every minute given makes Inle a compulsive start-to-finish listen.

As across the entire trilogy, lyrically Inle is in a league of its own. The first four tracks all deal with various aspects of death in the Lapine community; opener 'Simulacrum' details the dying moments of a rabbit as they are met by a collector of the dead (possibly the Black Rabbit of Inle, although this is not explicitly stated). 'Fu Inle' refers to El-Ahrairah, a mythological rabbit who takes the chief rabbits to join his owsla (a group of skilled wardens), and his claiming of the rabbit referred to in Simulacrum, and the following two tracks, 'Republic of Heaven' and 'The Burial' both deal with the feelings of sturdy resilience yet intense mourning of the warren left behind. Throughout, the language used wouldn't seem completely out of place in a Jules Verne novel, such is the breadth of archaic vocabulary used. The peculiarity is how natural this all feels with Alex's trademark roar, heard later on in Light Bearer, Anopheli and Archivist - rather than making it seem lofty and self-absorbed, it adds meaning and feel to otherwise inaccessible text, and working alongside the instrumentation gives Inle great emotional depth as well as a fascinating story.

This album, and indeed the entire concept has drawn different interpretations from different fields. Some make connections between the members' vegan lifestyles and the way that humankind treats animals, from both dietary and environmental perspectives. Others see it as a scathing attack on war and its innocents (if you can read Italian, a link found in the comments dissects closer 'Warren of Snares' and makes for fascinating reading), and of course there's the viewpoint that this is simply a very well-told reworking of a classic novel converted to music. Perhaps it's all three of these things. Regardless of standing on it though, there's one thing clear. If this album is not one of the greatest ever, it's without a doubt the greatest ending that Fall of Efrafa could have created for their trilogy – an atmospheric, fantastically erudite yet suitably primal masterpiece that signalled the death of something incredible.



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Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2015


5447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

With the exception of possibly The Ichthyologist this is, in my opinion at least, the greatest album in existence, so I did my best at doing it justice, even though I feel it impossible to suitably do so. I couldn't believe it didn't have a review tbh. The anti-war piece I was talking about can be read here:

http://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?lang=en&id=47197, and a stream can be found here:

https://haloofflies.bandcamp.com/album/inle. Hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Artuma
October 15th 2015


29123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great review man. this album is so fucking perfect

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2015


5447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks : ) Couldn't agree more, from start to finish I can find absolutely no fault with it. Republic of Heaven is pretty much the greatest thing ever.

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2015


5447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'Cool review, though I feel like it might alienate those who have never read the book since this review focuses so heavily on the lyrical subjects.' - yeah I can understand that. I felt it was the best way of justifying my rating because it's such a large part of it for me, and I tried to explain as much as I could of the terms and whatnot but then I have the issue of remaining focused. Thanks for the feedback : )

ComeToDaddy
October 15th 2015


1611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Absolutely phenomenal review dude, I don't know if it's my bias for the album speaking but it's my favorite of yours. I'm glad you've come to love my rec so much (: Especially loved that you touched on one of my favorite things about this band, "The peculiarity is how natural this all feels with Alex's trademark roar". All the lyrics sound perfect coming out of his mouth, and I don't understand how at all haha.



My one criticism is that VALEDICTION should be in caps. Also where the fuck did fromtheinside's review of this go? It was also a really solid writeup

Artuma
October 15th 2015


29123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think fti got permabanned or something

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2015


5447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Edited :3 Thanks a ton dude, this has taken me around 2 months to plan in one way or another so I'm glad you like it so much.

I thought it seemed kinda weird that there wasn't a review for this, seems a bit odd that it'd just disappear.

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2015


5447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man :] Have you heard the other two in the trilogy, Owsla and Elil?

Totengott
October 15th 2015


4130 Comments


Jamming this now. Very good review.

Sevengill
October 15th 2015


7410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Owsla is the best. Album packs a huge punch.

trackbytrackreviews
October 15th 2015


3338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh man the other revoew got deleted? Damn

Artuma
October 15th 2015


29123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this > owsla > elil

wacknizzle
October 15th 2015


14517 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, this is my favorite FoE. Watership Down is fucking dope

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CalculatingInfinity
October 15th 2015


7592 Comments


Wondered the day you'll finally review this, lovely job.

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2015


5447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks guys ^.^

ZippaThaRippa
October 15th 2015


10292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Your summary is wrong. It should read VALUHDICSHUUUUUUN. Close though.

XingKing
October 15th 2015


12467 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Sad that the other review got deleted. There are a few things here that irk me given how much of a freak I am about Watership Down and FoE (I am sure some of you are aware of this) but solid write up



they're all 5/5 so it's useless trying to rank them like who cares [2]

ComeToDaddy
October 15th 2015


1611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ayyyy you actually did the caps thing, thanks buddy hahaha

XingKing
October 15th 2015


12467 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I don't want to clog your shoutbox so I'm gonna throw this here because it was in the old review of this and now it can be in the new one!

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=6zsc5g&s=6#.ViA16ysSnIU



I actually have one more on my elbow of rabbits running around the sun (taken from the box set of the records) and some french written on the inside of the sun that says "I do not know the end". I'll likely be adding another FoE tattie to my left arm the next time I get some work done.

Jasdevi087
October 15th 2015


4556 Comments


Love Watership Down, so I might give this a listen, though post-metal really isn't my thing.

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