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Irfan is a Bulgarian band founded in 2001 in Sofia. The band's name is taken from the Arabic/Persian word "Irfan", meaning "gnosis", "mystic knowledge" or "revelation".

Though similar in style to established bands such as Dead Can Dance, Love Is Colder Than Death, Sarband, and Vas, Irfan is known for its extensive use of a choir of male singers in addition to the female vocals of Vladislava Todorova, and in in combination with an assortment of traditional mediaeval percussion… read more

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  • The Eternal Return - It's just marvelous! beautiful and enchanting music that travels the mind to ancient times. Everything from the instruments, use of vocals, artwork, makes this a great return. I see you guys are comparing this latest work to Dead Can Dance's stuff. I agree, this is the closest they have sounded to them, which isn't a bad thing. The band members themselves made it clear that they were an inspiration for this new album.
  • "Tebe poem" - numenosious.
  • They released a new album? That's good news!
  • Doesn't sound anything like DCD to me, cover excepted. Stop reading cynical internet reviews and listen with your brain.
  • Brillant!
  • Irfan was better when it was more irfan and less dead can dance. The selftitled album was passionate. The second album had an uninspired singer. The latest one is.. lifeless compared to the selftitled. What happened was the first album blew all proper dcd out of the water so much so that not having that much of a distinction in sound wasn't an issue. Fast forward to eternal return and the tone is now just like dcd, and its worse than dcd do it.
  • gotta admit im a bit disappointed, entire thing reminds me of dcd and not in a good way. seraphim remains their creative peak so far.
  • Excellent album, just starting to get into it. This band have never disappointed and The Eternal Return is no different. The Cave of Swimmers and The Golden Horn are both particularly good.
  • Perfect.
  • "Salamandar", the cover of the Dead Can Dance song known as "Matawa" is simply beautiful. It has a strong spiritual and emotional feeling.

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