Be'lakor - Stone's Reach

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Release date: 20 June 2009
Style: Melodic death metal


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The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal Album Of 2009
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Additional info
Produced by Warren Hammond and Be'lakor.
Recorded with Warren Hammond and Phil Forbes at Pennydrop Audio, Melbourne in the early months of 2009.
Piano recorded at Sing Sing Recording Studios, Melbourne.
Mastered at Crystal Mastering, Melbourne, 2009.

Cover artwork - 'Head of Medusa' by Gianfrancesco A. (

Guest review by
When I listened to this album for the first time my first thought was "this is clearly melodic death, but there's something about it", something that marks the line between another copy and a new way of design from the same prototype. Despite the guitars following Gothenburg death metal, one innovation of this band is the demarcation of that style because there's no chorus/verse imposed law, there's no fear of falling into doom or entering solos at low speed. It's very important to be creative inside the musical genres and this Australian group achieve it in a brilliant way.

published 18.09.2009 | Comments (9)

Staff review by
After hearing and reviewing the first offering of Melodic Death Metal from Australia's Be'lakor I found it to be a rather promising debut. The promise wasn't misplaced either as the band have backed themselves up rather nicely with this new album entitled Stone's Reach. While their previous release The Frail Tide was good, the new album is cleaner production-wise and I think a deeper piece of work as well.

published 02.10.2009 | Comments (42)

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26.11.2017 - 19:04
Rating: 10
Yep, probably one of the best melodeath album of all times
23.07.2018 - 16:41
Rating: 8
Is it bad that I didn't enjoy this album as much as the 2 after it? It just sounds a bit bland compared with the likes of Of Breath and Bone or Vessels (my favourite of theirs).

Still a great album, but not worthy of a 9 or 10 IMO.
09.05.2020 - 21:38
The album that got me into the band. Nothing but quality prog-death.
13.05.2020 - 21:31
Rating: 7
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I started listening to it due to the high ratings. Can't say that this is my fav Melodeath record, it's quality music with your typical vocals for that genre.

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