Fall Of Efrafra - Inlé

7 songs
79:37 minutes
***** *****


All good things come to an end. It just kinda sucks when you discover a band at the moment when they are breaking up. British quintet Fall Of Efrafra make no secret that they are heavily inspired by Richard Adams’ novel Watership Down which may on the surface have been aimed at juveniles, but which as an allegory had a lot to offer for adults too.

Inlé is the third and last album by Fall Of Efrafra, coming after Owsla (2006) and Elil (2007). Apart from the six minute long intro Simulacrum and the short instrumental The Sky Suspended, slightly under three minutes, the songs run all between ten and eighteen minutes. The intro may be long but sets the mood for what is to follow. Although the music could simply be called post hardcore, there is actually much more to it. Using the crawling pace of doom metal, Fall Of Efrafra create little symphonies full of searing guitar chords, pounding bass lines and menacing drums parts that build a perfect backdrop for the suffering vocals of Alex Bradshaw who seems to be screaming his lungs out of his chest.

The great thing is that Fall Of Efrafra are never using their slow-motion approach as a gimmick but manage splendidly to come up with memorable melodies that should give every self-respecting music lover goosebumps. Taking inspiration from their atheist and vegan lifestyles, the band consequently fills their songs with deep lyrics and even explain their meaning in the sheet that accompanies the beautifully crafted cardboard packaging. Vinyl lovers should be on the lookout for the double vinyl edition.

Quoting Dylan Thomas on Fu Inlé, with ten and a half minutes one of the band’s shorter tracks, it should be mentioned that in the past they also used texts by Richard Dawkins and, of course, Richard Adams. Another highlight is the nearly quarter hour long Republic Of Heaven that comes with an unforgettable chord sequence. Inlé may be one of the longest albums I have ever heard on a single CD, but you will look in vain for any idle moments. If a band decides to break up at the peak of their creativity, they may as well do it with an eighty minutes long mammoth piece! Fans of doom, drone and post metal will be delighted at the unbelievable genius that comes to day. Inlé may very well be one of the most essential albums of the year!

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