Ekove Efrits - _The Wraiths of Forgotten Forest_
by: Quentin Kalis (3.5 out of 5)
This is a rather hard album to evaluate, as I only have access to an MP3 copy -- and one made with a pathetic ripper. Normally I wouldn't bother, but given the problems that Iranian bands face in getting their music heard, I have made an exception and tried to evaluate this album independently of the shoddy quality.

Ekove Efrits is a one man band formed by Count de Efrit. (An efrit is a genie, albeit one with malevolent intentions.) Half the album consists of atmospheric instrumentals, while the remaining three songs can be considered "real" ones. The instrumentals are clearly Burzum inspired, due to their effective simplicity, with one exception; the outro suffers from what sounds like a Casio, almost as if the cheesy prison albums served as an inspiration rather than the more nuanced ambient excursions of the black metal era.

While the first real song hits your ears with a torrent of _Transilvanian Hunger_ inspired riffage, it's clear that the brooding atmospherics of Burzum are his preferred forte, and this is the style that dominates the album. However, the Burzum comparison extends only so far as atmosphere is concerned, and whilst I cannot say that Ekove Efrits has yet reached the stage whereby he can be considered as a unique entity, this is no straightforward aping either.

Contact: http://www.ekoveefrits.com

(article published 23/6/2007)

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