June 6, 2012

Erin 2 Cent reviews: Be’Lakor, “Of Breath and Bone”

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steffmetal-Belakor Of Breath and Bone

steffmetal-Belakor Of Breath and Bone

Be’Lakor are a 5 piece melodic death metal band from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2004, they have 3 albums to their name, and their latest offering, Of Breath and Bone released June 4, 2012.

Of Breath and Bone is like a fine wine for the ears. Refined, and leaving you wanting more.

With only 8 songs, the album might seem a little on the short side, but they build on each other, dragging you into the music so you imagine yourself battling for kingdoms against fire-breathing dragons and defending your castle walls from heavily armored men atop angry black horses. I kid you not – it really will take you there. Consider it Battle Music for your imagination.

Each track is generous in its length, but complex and interesting enough that you’re not simply wishing for one to end. Each track presents an individual flavour, so you’re never left wondering why it all sounds the same. The fast-paced, brutal melodies work amongst haunting acoustic solos (“In Parting”) to create clever, sophisticated and downright awesome music. Standout tracks include “Absit Omen” and “In Parting”. If life only gives you 9 minutes and 21 seconds, I strongly suggest you listen to “In Parting” to get a taste of what this album is delivering. If you can afford an extra minute and a half let “To Stir the Sea” lead into “In Parting” – brilliant!

The songs on this album have an uncanny way of building you up, bringing you down, then lifting you up once more and leaving you feeling empowered and invincible. If I were to go off to war, this would most certainly be the album I’d pick to be my soundtrack. It also works to get you pumped about heading off to work early in the morning (I speak from experience).

Be’lakor got this one just right. If you already know Be’Lakor, then add this one to your collection. Of Breath and Bone is their best album yet.

If this is the first time you are reading about them, don’t miss this opportunity to hear an amazing album and get behind what is a relatively new band (and one of the better melodeath bands to come from a non Scandinavian country) with a great sound and a big future ahead of them. Your iPod will thank you.

If you like Amon Amarth, Rotting Christ, In Flames and the like, then add Be’Lakor to your list of favorites. This is definitely an album fans of melodic death metal need to hear.

For more on Be’Lakor and the new album Of Breath and Bone check out the official Be’lakor website:

Also check out Apoch’s Metal Review. They have teamed up with Kolony Records and are streaming the whole album from June 1st through to June 8th, so get in there quickly and have a listen!

Turn the lights off, turn your volume to full, and enjoy!

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