Review from Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 6

September 25, 2014
From: Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 6
Published: November 2014

So it happened that while reviewing a second promotional package from Canadian label “Hypnotic Dirge Records”, I found two absolute non-Metal releases. In this case, probably the weakest album from this label’s camp. I may seem cynical, but in the case of Ekove Efrits, the main factor is the project’s country of origin - Iran. Even in this much globalised world, a heavy music project from the Near East is still quite a sensation. Though after listening to the latest album “Nowhere”, one might wonder if there are any relationships with heavy music at all...

My verdict is simple - it is yet another example of a modern hipster’s creation, where the project’s leader becomes lost in his searches or wants to play everything. Ekove Efrits have tried Black Metal, Doom, Ambient and DSBM directions and now dared to delve into something close to the Darkwave genre. The project’s sole member is assisted by Australian band’s Lycanthia vocalist Megan Tassaker, who enriches the album with her wonderful voice. Alas, this is the biggest (and probably only) plus of the album. The music is lost everywhere and nowhere - between atmospheric DSBM sound, Darkwave atmosphere and maybe even Trip-Hop strokes. Slow, partly acoustic music varies with fused guitars and depressive moods. The latter, even if it adds something to the album, is far too little to make it a solid release. Melancholy is dominant in the album and it is expressed via simple Ambient/Darkwave compositions. I see it as an attempt to squeeze something interesting, however using the tools that absolutely don’t fit here. Or maybe the reason is that the author does not know how to use and play with them. It looks like Ekove Efrits will continue to make mistakes in the searches, without finding its own path and drowning in unexplored and absolute alien tides... 

Rating: 4.5/10
Reviewed by: Odium

Review from Necromance Webzine

July 20, 2014
From: Necromance Webzine
Published: July 12, 2014
*Google translation of Spanish review

From Iran comes to us this very interesting band. Define it becomes quite complicated because they move so many different records that I have not clear. Only have a common line, the nostalgia. From this root whispered voices combined with clean vocals with ragged vocals with electronic sequences (enough), female vocals occasionally a violin, and all this with great taste and quite successful. Rea...

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Review from Disfactory Webzine

July 11, 2014
From: Disfactory Webzine
Published: July 10, 2014
*Google translation of Italian review

The progress of the recording moniker Ekove Efrits continues with "determined disregard" and now no one is amazed to see that much in the evanescent expansion undertaken by Count De Efrit firmly in his music. The project continues his exploration of the darkest and most hidden intricacies of the soul, and the negativity of the "vacuous sense" of life, that path has distanced itself from the prima...

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Review from Deaf Sparrow Webzine

July 6, 2014
From: Deaf Sparrow Webzine
July 5, 2014
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Hypnotic Dirge Records from Canada likes to sign artists from all over the globe including Russia, France, Italy, Ukraine, and Germany.  Ekove Efrits is an Iranian band helmed by the Count De Efrit, the ominous mastermind who has experimented with depressive black metal, Gothic metal, and trip hop, creating an eclectic selection of work. With his latest effort, Nowhere, Ekove Efrits focuses more on the Gothic, and has combined effo...

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Review from Pest Webzine

June 14, 2014
From: Pest Webzine
Published: June 1, 2014

Fourth album from this Iranian one-man-band I have reviewed a couple of times before, but unfortunately an album that starts to dissociate Ekove Efrits from the Black Metal scene and attempts to introduce it in the Alternative Ambient Electro (at times even Trip-Hop) world where I'm sure it will have no chance at all, zero! The melodies are beautiful again, Count de Efrit knows his way around the synths, keys and piano, but his clean vocal...

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Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

March 25, 2014
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: March 24 2014
*Google translation of Italian review

Count De Efrit is an artist with a clear vision: the Iranian musician in the past had already sent clear signals about its willingness to diversify the project proposal Ekove Efrits with "Conceptual Horizon" and maintain a more rough and tied to the history of depression in the Silent Path of the debut "Mourner Portraits" . Then waiting for the release of the new album, the first of the two sid...

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Review from Volumes of Sin Webzine

March 18, 2014
From: Volumes of Sin Webzine
Published: March 16, 2014

Ekove Efrits is comprised singularly of the Iranian Count De Efrit, who formed the project in 2001. After four demos and a split, De Efrit found himself picked up by Belarus label Possession Productions who released his debut full-length effort Suicidal Rebirth in 2008. His following album, Hypermnesia, would find an independent release in 2010 before he landed a deal with Hypnotic Dirge Records to release 2011's endeavor, Conc...

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Review from Les Eternels Webzine

February 28, 2014
From: Les Eternels Webzine
Published: February 21, 2014
*Google translation of French review

Imagine for a moment a woman of infinite class that walks you to the top of his oversized heels, impeccable maintenance. It arrives at your height and loose a loud burp. The woman remains beautiful, but it still loses a bit of glamor. Another similar situation: you are in the restaurant and you ordered a " medallion partridge in sauce juice frozen truffle ", it throws. The server brings you,...

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Review from Rock Metal Essence Webzine

February 28, 2014
From: Rock Metal Essence Webzine
Published: February 27, 2014
*Google translation of Italian review

The Ekove Efrits are a project atmospheric / post-rock led by multi-instrumentalist N. Saman coming from Tehran, Iran, returning to the market in December 2013 with their fourth album, "Nowhere."

A disc that continues the evolution and maturation of the songwriting of this composer through fifty minutes dark music, enveloping, mysterious and atmospheric, steeped in the tradition of bla...

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Review from Legacy Magazine; Issue #89

February 28, 2014
From: Legacy Magazine; Issue #89
Published: February 2014
*Google translation of German review

The Iranian Count de Efrit himself says that he sees its origins in Black / Gothic Metal, which is increasingly open to influences from post-rock, doom, experimental and ambient music over the years. These are already clearly heard on the debut album 'Suicidal Rebirth', will be on the following works 'Hypermnesia' and 'The Conceptual Horizon' reinforced, and 'Nowhere' is a logical conti...

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