Fall Of Efrafa [UK] †
Fall Of Efrafa was a crust band from Brighton, UK, we formed in 2006, and over the following four years we released three records, collectively known as "The Warren of Snares" - Owsla, Elil and Inlé. The concept was loosely based around the novel Watership Down by Richard Adams, addressing certain political and social issues that are discussed metaphorically within the book.
In the novel, Efrafa is a rabbit colony ruled by a dictator called General Woundwort, who oppresses rebellion 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 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 D-beat emo crust, with the slow melancholic melody of post-rock, along with some post metal influences. The album title is a word in the 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 the language, meaning "enemy"), released the following year. The music moves through post rock/ post metal passages and a slower more brooding melodic crust, 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. This record is predominantly slow, doom metal, to reflect the subject matter. The black cover and the album title, featuring Inlé, the black rabbit of death. 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.
The band ended once we had completed one final brief european tour, and we released a discography boxset called The Warren of Snares Trilogy, alongside a limited edition tour documentary DVD. Our last ever show was in Brighton, in december 2009.
Steve - Guitar
Neil - Guitar
George - Drums
Mikey - Bass
Alex - Vocals
After Fall of Efrafa, Mikey joined D beat crust band Boredom on various tours, Neil formed Stoner metal band Blackstorm, and later Charybdis. George also played drums in Aradia and worked on a post rock project with his brother called Movement of Leaves. Alex became the vocalist in post metal band Light bearer, hardcore band Momentum, and then later Vegan Dbeat band Carnist, joined cello driven emocrust band Anopheli, atmospheric metal band Archivist and created Morrow, a post civilisation melodic crust band, featuring members of many of the aforementioned bands.
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AA137. Fall Of Efrafa - The Warren Of Snares 3xCD Box Set (Out July 2018)
Fall of Efrafa were an atmospheric crust band from Brighton, United Kingdom. Influenced by the novel “Watership Down” by Richard Adams, they created a trilogy of records collectively known as “the Warren of Snares” - Owsla, Elil and Inle. Over the course of these three records, they incorporated doom, post rock and post metal into their emotive crust punk, creating vast swathes of uplifting crescendos and dark abysses whilst telling the tale of an uprising against religious despots and the cruel hand of man.
Presented here is the entire original trilogy, held in a sturdy black embossed box, with brand new artwork for all three albums by band vocalist Alex. The collection also contains a lyric booklet, an enamel badge and two embroidered patches.
Pressing Details: TBA
Tracklist: coming soon
AA118. Fall Of Efrafa - Tharn LP
'Tharn' (meaning 'fear') is a single-track remix release of 'Dominion Theology' taken from their latest album 'Elil', but feels more like a teaser for new material from Brighton's Fall of Efrafa.
Paper Aeroplane, the remix masters at work here have turned what is a harsh and bleak track and infused it with piano, cello and a sense of post-rock pleasantries.
Their wording of this in release material as a 're-imagining' of the track, although a stomach-churning term, in this case is accurate.
Taking sections of guitar and sections of the relentless heaviness and turning it into almost a soundtrack-like piece of music is a great way to manipulate and show off FoE's grandeur in a way they had obviously not thought of before.
it was released on 300 one-sided LPs with a beautiful screen-printed b-side, this release is sold out since a super long time, which shows you how fast word travels on a fantastic band.
Big time instrumental emo (circa 1994-style) complete with piano and a cello to round out a well developed and executed piece of music. Gruff, yelled vocals make a brief appearance after a l...o...n...g calm and help usher things into more of a concerted song - yes, song, singular. The one songed, one-sided 12" has a beautifully screened B-side that does not play music. The side that does is comprised mostly of singular instruments slowly coalescing and ultimately reaching a crescendo of epic...ness. Dreary, emotional, and made for certain rainy nights alone, this is bringing me back to sad days in high school. Apparently known in some circles of heavyier music, FALL OF EFRAFA has taken a piece of music originally done by PAPER AEROPLANE and given it their personal touch of eloquence. For fans of GOSPEL, DROWNING WITH OUR ANCHORS, and MINERAL.
First Press LP (2008): 300x LP with silkscreened B-Side – without ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA
First Press CD (04.03.2009): without ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA
Second Press (15.12.2016): 250x limited colored Vinyl and 750x black Vinyl, 180g Vinyl, Insert, Etching on Side B
A1. Dominion Theology
AA117. Fall Of Efrafa - Burial LP
Originally this record got pressed on vinyl simply because it wouldn't fit on the Inlé vinyl. The first Edition of 320 copies with screenprinted B-side. Sold at their last show in the UK. Includes single-sided insert with credits and lyrics,
First Press LP (05.12.2009): 320x LP with silkscreened B-Side – without ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA
Second Press (15.12.2016): 250x limited colored and 750x black Vinyl, 180g Vinyl, Insert, Etching on Side B
A1. The Burial
AA60. Fall Of Efrafa - The Warren Of Snares 6xLP
The entire trilogy together with the remix record Tharn as well. Includes a silver foil printed and embossed box with a special matte varnish; six records on 180g dark grey vinyl; thick-printed vinyl inner sleeves (disco bags) designed with amazing art and a special matte varnish; a handmade metal emblem (from the front cover of Inlé); a 16 page booklet describing the story; two silk-screened art prints on recycled brown card; two badges; a cloth bag; a foldout poster.
first press (15 Februar 2010): 420x dark grey 180gram vinyl, boxes, booklet and inner sleeves printed at Gz Media. 12x12 screenprints and tote bags. 2s 1-inch buttons and Metal Emblems handmade at MetalHeartForge
second press (14 March 2012): 200x grey with black splatter 180gram vinyl, boxes, booklet and inner sleeves printed at Gz Media. 12x12 screenprints and tote bags. 2s 1-inch buttons and Metal Emblems handmade at MetalHeartForge
A1: Pity The Weak (from the album Owsla)
A2. A Soul To Bear (from the album Owsla)
A3. Lament (from the album Owsla)
B1. Last But Not Least (from the album Owsla)
B2. The Fall Of Efrafa (from the album Owsla)
C1. Beyond The Veil (from the album Elil)
D1. Dominion Theology (from the album Elil)
E1. For El Ahraihrah To Cry (from the album Elil)
F1. Tharn (from the album Tharn)
G1. Simulacrum (from the album Inle)
G2. Fu Inle (from the album Inle)
H1. Republic Of Heaven (from the album Inle)
I1. The Burial (from the album Inle)
K1. Woundwort (from the album Inle)
L1. The Sky Suspended (from the album Inle)
L2. The Warren Of Snares (from the album Inle)
AA58. Fall Of Efrafa - Inle 2xLP/CD
The final part in Fall of Efrafa’s trilogy of records. It was sad to see them go, but what a way they went! An amazing, sprawling record, which saw this group of musicians at the pinnacle of their powers, with all their musical styles seamlessly meshed, & their writing prowess grown further.
First Press (27.08.2009): 10x test pressings, 200x clear with black haze , 200x clear, 200x brown and 1400x black vinyl, gatefold sleeve
Second Press (02.09.2011): 100x dark brown, 100x light brown, 100x grey and 200x black vinyl. 180gram vinyl.
Third Press (15.05.2014): 150x blue with black splatter, 150x green with black splatter and 700x black vinyl. 180gram vinyl.
First Press (24.10.2009): 1500x CD, 6-panel digipack
A2. Fu Inle
B1. Republic Of Heaven
D1. The Sky Suspended
D2. The Warren Of Snares
AA44. Fall Of Efrafa - Elil 2xLP/CD
the second instalment of The Warren of Snares trilogy from this fantastic band. To say the guys had moved on from their original sound is somewhat of an understatement. It was a bold musical change, as they had become such standard bearers of the UK/European crust punk ‘scene’ in such a short amount of time, via Owsla. Three mammoth 20+ minute tracks made up the record mixing their old sound with far more progressive metal & doom elements.
First Press (27.09.2007): 2000x black LP, gatefold sleeve
Second Press (15.10.2012): 100x clear green, 100x clear brown, 11x clear dark green (mistake from the pressing plant) and 800x black Vinyl. 180gram vinyl.
Third Press (16.10.2016): 200x green/black/yellow marbled and 800x black vinyl. 180gram Vinyl.
First Press (27.09.2007): 1500x CD, 6-panel digipack
Second Press (15.07.2008) 300x CD – not with ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA
A1. Beyond The Veil
B1. Dominion Theology
C1. For El Abraihrah To Cry
AA43. Fall Of Efrafa / Down To Agony - Split LP
Originally released in 2007, this is the first repress/reissue of this classic split LP. FALL OF EFRAFA should be well known as they influenced hundreds of bands worldwide with their interpretation of modern Crust / HC ranging and mixing influences from Post Hardcore, and Metal. Their song on this split 'No longer human' is a twelve minute poetic epos and a classic. DOWN TO AGONY were a neocrust band from Zaragoza, playing fast, angry and melodic hardcore in the veins of EKKAIA and MADAME GERMAN.
First Press (22.07.2007): 1000x black LP, foulded double sided insert
Second Press (18.07.2016): 200x clear with black splatter and 800x black Vinyl. 180Gram Vinyl. Insert, LP comes with a different artwork.
A1. Down To Agony – Donde Arderemos
A2. Down To Agony – Giran Las Saetas
B1. Fall Of Efrafa – No Longer Human
AA40. Fall Of Efrafa - Owsla LP/CD
Fucking hell, this is one of the best records I got my hands on lately! Hard hitting, yet melodic and epic crusty HCpunk with a Cello and throaty vocal style from Brighton UK. They really know how to create a desperate and aggressive athmosphere at the same time. This band delivers their music with a lot of variation in speed which makes the songs memorable and entertaining which is hardly the case nowadays. Lyrix based upon the book "Watership Down" – Awesome!
First Press (16.10.2006): 1030x black vinyl, includes double sided poster insert
Second Press (01.07.2008): 300x brown Vinyl, 180gram vinyl. includes double sided poster insert – Sound Devastation Records only (UK-Pressing)
Third Press (??.??.2009): 1500x black vinyl. 180gram vinyl. A2 Poster and A2 Lyric Sheet
Fourth Press (15.12.2011): 500x black vinyl. 180gram vinyl. A2 Poster and A2 Lyric Sheet
Fifth Press (25.11.2013): 68x brown + silk screened cover (the regular cover got damaged) +450x brown vinyl in the regular cover, 180gram vinyl. A2 Poster and A2 Lyric Sheet
Sixt Press (15.12.2005): 300x clear + 700x black vinyl, 180gram vinyl. A2 Poster and A2 Lyric Sheet
A1. Pity The Weak
A2. A Soul To Bear
B1. Last Bust Not Least
B2. The Fall Of Efrafa