MAY 5th 2013
BE'LAKOR: OF BREATH AND BONE

Review by YouFO

Genre - Melodic / Progressive Death Metal

Band Members -
George Kosmas - Vocals, Guitars
Shaun Sykes - Guitars
Steve Merry - Keyboards
John Richardson - Bass
Jimmy Vanden Broeck - Drums

Hometown - Melbourne, Australia

Release Date - June 4, 2013

Forming back in 2004, I wondered if by chance they watched the game Warhammer, and seeing the character called “BE’LAKOR” with him being the dark master, if that’s how they came up with the band name. Cool name.  Despite the young age of its members, BE’LAKOR is considered to be the leading melodic death metal band in all of Australia. That’s awe-inspiring. With the release of Stone’s Reach, and popularity it acquired, this led to the band performing at international festivals, such as Summer Breeze, they also played European shows, and across the continent they did some solo appearances.  In 2010 they won 1st place for Stone’s Reach, best Melodeath / Gothenburg metal album.       

Having distinguished themselves from their previous albums, the bands excellent 3rd album “Of Breath and Bone” further demonstrate their metal prowess. Close to an hour of  choice, harmonious death metal. First though let me explain, this album was previously released by Kolony Records across Europe in mid 2012 to large media praise, and now, it’s becoming available to North American fans on June 4th, bringing their music to a whole new horde of metallers.

The album is mixed and mastered by renowned engineer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth).  Image on the album cover originally painted by Gabriel Ferrier. The artwork was selected by BE’LAKOR and prepared by Costin Chioreanu at Twilight 13 Media (Mayhem, Aura Noir, Absu, Darkthrone).

Track Listing
1. Abeyance
2. Remnants
3. Fraught
4. Absit Omen
5. To Stir The Sea
6. In Parting
7. The Dream And The Waking
8. By Moon And Star

The vocals remind me a little of Amon Amarth’s, nothing wrong with those types of vocals, after all they are catchy, melodic and growling. This all combined with the pounding guitar riffs, thundering bass, blasting drums, and the keyboards giving it that melodic sound, makes for great listening.  All in all a well put together album. One I recommend.