Ekove Efrits hails from Tehran, Iran, and is the primary band of Count De Efrit, who is also the sole member of Silent Path. The difference between the two is that Silent Path is more depressive and droning, where Ekove Efrits is far more experimental. I’m tempted to call the band’s style Post-Black Metal, but I don’t know if that would fit, either. This is some weird shit. You can tell the influence of bands like Burzum and even the likes of Moonspell and Katatonia in here, but the music takes that foundation and goes wild with it. There are elements of Ambient, Goth/Industrial, Techno and Trip-Hop all over the place, making this a very interesting listen. You never know quite what you’re going to get from one song to the next. It isn’t weird for the sake of being weird, though. There seems to be a method to all of the madness, so to speak. Even though there are disparate musical influences going into this, it somehow makes sense in an atmospheric/emotional way. The music is dark and melancholic, diving into Goth territory most of the time, but never quite going over the edge into Suicidal/Depressive realms. I think fans of Gothic Metal will get the most out of Nowhere, mainly because the music is more in line with what fans of that genre are looking for. People requiring something more straight-forward or aggressive will find this too strange and too passive. I enjoyed this LP because it was so unpredictable on one hand, yet fairly predictable on the other. You know what you’re going to get, but you don’t know how Count De Efrits is going to give it to you.
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