Fall of Efrafa
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|Fall of Efrafa|
|Genres||crust, post-hardcore, post-rock, post-metal|
|Labels||Fight For Your Mind, Alerta Antifascista, Behind the Scenes, Halo of Flies, Denovali Records, Tadpole Records|
Fall of Efrafa were a British post hardcore band active between 2005 and 2009.
Originally from Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, the quintet was formed with the intention of publishing a trilogy, called The Warren of Snares, eventually co-produced by several labels, based on a loose interpretation of the mythology present within the Richard Adams novel, Watership Down. The trilogy is composed of the albums Owsla, Elil and Inlé. 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 encroachment of the Efrafa, an invasive species, this dictatorship turns to blind faith, obedience and punishment for answers. The story records the uprising by those who defy the word of rule and religion, culminating in not only the dethronement of their leader, but a futile charge against the Efrafa.
The band presents their political and social ideology, which includes references to animal rights and deeply held atheism; they also attack humanities destructive habits, while analysing their relationship with religion and fight against tyranny. Among their influences, the band cites Agalloch, Godspeed you! black emperor, His Hero Is Gone and Neurosis. The trilogy is cyclical and runs in reverse; with Owsla representing the climax and eventual rebirth of the story. This is signified by a passage of cello which bookends the trilogy - representing the eventual rise and fall of empires and our inability to learn from past mistakes.
The band's first album, Owsla, came out in 2006, alternating the D-beat of emo crust with the melancholic melody of post-rock, along with some post metal influences. The album title is a word in lapine language that in the novel corresponds to the elite warriors of the warren, who very often take advantage of their position by abusing their power over other rabbits. In the context of the record, the Owsla is a name bestowed upon all by their despotic leader, in a cynical move to give his people a false sense of empowerment. This record documents the final charge against the Efrafa.
The second album, Elil (in lapine language, "enemy"), released the following year, is divided into 3 songs, all of them over 20 minutes. The genre that predominates in this record is post-rock, expressing a bleak melancholy atmosphere, that in several cases merges with the fast rhythms and distorted guitars of post-hardcore, progressively taking inspiration from doom metal. The concept continues with a view of the psychology of those within a society fighting religious oppression, both internal and external.
The last release, Inlé, came out in 2009. The doom metal frame that was only an influence in the previous works of the band, becomes the predominant genre, creating sonic images of emotion and desolation. The black cover and the album title, featuring Inlé, the black rabbit of death, anticipating the atmosphere of this work divided into 7 melancholic and gloomy tracks. Stylistically, the doom metal and post-rock are the main reference points and replace the speed of D-beat hardcore with introspective melody. The story begins with this record, a society on the brink of self-destruction, a maniacal ruler wielding theocratic ideology, oppressing and abusing, offering nothing in the face of a much greater threat, the encroachment of humanity upon their land.
After releasing this album the band parted ways, as their only goal was to release this trilogy. Their discography was later published in a boxset called The Warren of Snares Trilogy. Their last concert was in Brighton, in December 4, 2009. Singer Alex CF later formed the concept band Light Bearer, which draws inspiration from the His Dark Materials literary trilogy by Philip Pullman, along with The Book of Genesis and John Milton's Paradise Lost.
In addition to the trilogy they have also produced 2 EP's: Tharn (split with Paper Aeroplane) (2008) and The Burial (2009) and a DVD documentary of the U.S. tour in 2009.
- 2006 – Owsla (Alerta Antifascista/Behind the Scenes/Fight For Your Mind)
- 2007 – Elil (Alerta Antifascista/Behind the Scenes/Fight For Your Mind/Halo of Flies)
- 2009 – Inlé (Halo of Flies/Denovali Records)
Splits and EPs
- 2006 – Fall of Efrafa - Down to Agony (Split)
- 2008 – Tharn (Sound Devastation Records, Tadpole Records)
- 2009 – The Burial (Tadpole Records)
- 2010 - The Warren of Snares
- 2010 – The Road
- Michael Douglas – bass
- George Miles – drums
- Neil Kingsbury – guitar
- Alex CF– vocals
- Steven McCusker – guitar
- Scheda Discography