Release date: 1 June 2012
Style: Melodic death metal

Rating:

8.6 | 793 votes

Owners:

621 have it
99 want it


01. Abeyance
02. Remnants
03. Fraught
04. Absit Omen
05. To Stir The Sea
06. In Parting
07. The Dream And The Waking
08. By Moon And Star

The best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal album of 2012
Top 20 albums of 2012: 1

Review
Lyrics (7)


Line-up
George Kosmas - vocals, guitars
Steven Merry - keyboards, piano
Shaun Sykes - guitars
Jimmy Vanden Broeck - drums
John Richardson - bass

Session musicians
Megan Sykes - flute


Additional info
In memory of Dimitris Haitidis (28/12/87 - 29/6/11).

Recorded between the months of December 2011 & February 2012.
Recorded and engineered by Warren Hammond at Pennydrop Audio, Melbourne.
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden in March 2012.
Produced by Be'lakor.

Image on album cover originally painted by Gabriel Ferrier.

All album art selected by Be'lakor and prepared by Costin Chioreanu at Twilight 13 Media. All other album design done by Costin Chioreanu with the assistance of Be'lakor.

Staff review by
Troy Killjoy

Rating:
9.0
In what can only be described as a natural progression of one of the most highly regarded melodic death metal albums of the decade in Stone's Reach, Be'lakor have taken to the studio once more with the hopes of building on their already unrelenting momentum.

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published 23.05.2012 | Comments (88)

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Exhumed - 21.11.2010 at 14:48  
  Bring it on!!
Daydream Nation - 21.11.2010 at 16:36  
  Word. One year away!
Prisoner - 21.11.2010 at 17:25  
  Aaah! I can't imagine how great it would be!!!
elseif - 22.11.2010 at 18:39  
Rating: 8 Yes!
DieH@rd - 22.11.2010 at 20:18  
  Still a long wait...
Risto - 22.11.2010 at 20:47  
Rating: 10 There's actually a chance it will slip to 2012, but late 2011 is still much likely (Source: recent Metal Obsession interview)
MetalSpider - 22.11.2010 at 22:34  
  Can't wait to hear their new album!
Aetherius - 23.11.2010 at 14:25  
Rating: 9 Awesome!!!!!!!
Aegri Somnia - 27.11.2010 at 23:18  
  It'll be a long year. Still, worth the wait.
Uller - 29.11.2010 at 04:23  
Rating: 10 In my top waited albums!!
tea[m]ster - 04.12.2010 at 21:26  
Rating: 8 Yes, gimme, this band is so new and fresh,very fine material!
Levante - 21.12.2010 at 11:19  
  I'd kill for this album
Vikingr - 07.02.2011 at 05:22  
  I hope it tops the awesomeness achieved in the first two albums
darkangello - 03.06.2011 at 01:51  
  It's necessary new album of Be'lak0r !
Deadmeat - 12.06.2011 at 01:38  
Rating: 8 The last album had some magic moments. it's difficult for them to create a "10" for my tastes but they are always in for a strong "9"...!
Troy Killjoy - 12.06.2011 at 01:49  
  November? Fuck that's a long time.
Risto - 12.06.2011 at 16:49  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.06.2011 at 01:49

November? Fuck that's a long time.

Won't even be November, it'll be released in 2012. Waiting for a more formal source for it than random Facebook commenting.
Deadmeat - 12.06.2011 at 16:55  
Rating: 8 Fuck. these are bad news. i hope that the waiting is for good!
Abattoir - 16.06.2011 at 04:32  
  Patience my friends...I'm sure this one will satisfy our needs
tea[m]ster - 16.06.2011 at 07:12  
Rating: 8 I will be thrilled when this is released!
Destructo - 20.07.2011 at 18:30  
Rating: 9 Extremely excited about this one.
Risto - 04.09.2011 at 13:00  
Rating: 10 The band plans on recording the thing in January. Me and probably them as well are hoping for a March/April release.
Vikingr - 14.09.2011 at 15:21  
  Man I can't wait for this album, I love melodeth but so many bands lack any originality, but Be'lakor is fucking awesome and I love this band
Spanishkiller - 09.10.2011 at 14:14  
  We'll have to still wait 3-4 months gentlemen
MétalNoir - 16.11.2011 at 06:14  
Rating: 8 Every single day I live without owning this album is a torture!!!
Risto - 06.03.2012 at 15:41  
Rating: 10 June 4, tentatively
Milena - 13.03.2012 at 01:01  
Rating: 8
Written by Risto on 06.03.2012 at 15:41

June 4, tentatively

What an epic thread, huh
Moosh666 - 13.03.2012 at 16:14  
Rating: 8 The cover is a bit different from the usual Greek art, nevertheless I'm still very keen!
darkangello - 13.03.2012 at 16:54  
  Love this guys ....he's high ! Best death-metal
Timmeh - 05.05.2012 at 16:16  
Rating: 9 Preordered limited edition digipack. Ohhh yeaaahh!

UPDATE/REVIEW:
So I got the album, after 1 play through I thought it was good but now after several... Holy shit! Fucking sensational! Tit-rubbingly good. It's ridiculously melodic, so much so that you get the sensation that your melting. The vocals are just roaring exceptional and leave you shaking your head in awe on many occasions. The keyboards and the bass guitar have more of the spotlight this time further adding to the moistness in your pants. I could go on, but just GET IT, give it a go in a dark room with your eyes closed as so you can devote 100% of your sensory functions to your ears. Try not to melt.

9.5/10
MechanisT - 29.05.2012 at 22:23  
  Is it me, or is this one even better than its predecessor?
Risto - 29.05.2012 at 22:36  
Rating: 10
Written by MechanisT on 29.05.2012 at 22:23

Is it me, or is this one even better than its predecessor?

It is better, and in this band's case it means a borderline perfect metal album. There's a jaw-dropping amount of quality songwriting and melodies with great attention to detail. Most songs seem almost impossible to wear out.
Timmeh - 30.05.2012 at 16:12  
Rating: 9
Written by MechanisT on 29.05.2012 at 22:23

Is it me, or is this one even better than its predecessor?

I agree and I was all worried the quality of the last album was going to be near impossible to live up to. This is hands down the best album I've heard in a long time.
BaneConall - 31.05.2012 at 17:29  
Rating: 10 I can honestly just leave this album playing all day on repeat while I work without getting bored. I can't stop listening to this album. I don't know how, but they've somehow managed to surpass everything they've done before this.
strade - 01.06.2012 at 01:38  
Rating: 6 You know what, I'll give this one another shot. I haven't heard a negative thing about it, so it earns a few tries at least.
Nightfall - 01.06.2012 at 03:32  
Rating: 8 It doesn't hold a candle to Stone's Reach. It's only my first listen, but I liked their previous album on the first listen and the style hasn't changed in absolute so I don't see why would it be different after more listens. But well, I'll give it another chance later. I might be wrong.
jesterhead57 - 01.06.2012 at 03:56  
Rating: 10
Written by Nightfall on 01.06.2012 at 03:32

It doesn't hold a candle to Stone's Reach. It's only my first listen, but I liked their previous album on the first listen and the style hasn't changed in absolute so I don't see why would it be different after more listens. But well, I'll give it another chance later. I might be wrong.

I'm enjoying it slightly more than Stone's Reach. Then again, I've had the disk for several days now (lim. digipack) and I've probably listened to it attentively 20 times thru.
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 04:35  
Rating: 7 It promises
Timmeh - 01.06.2012 at 04:50  
Rating: 9
Written by Nightfall on 01.06.2012 at 03:32

It doesn't hold a candle to Stone's Reach. It's only my first listen...

Give it some more spins on my first listen I probably would of only rated 7/8, but now I enjoy it more than SR (Stone's Reach). I think its just more beefy than SR, more choc filled with melodies etc. Remember that amazing outro to Countless Skies when there is what seems like 5+melodies working together in unison? That sort of thing is going on constantly on this album compared to SR where it happens far less, this is why I say this album is more beefed out.

Also after more listens you'll start to anticipate very memorable sections (and there is a lot of those!).
Reaper_Redeamer - 01.06.2012 at 08:12  
Rating: 10
Written by Timmeh on 01.06.2012 at 04:50

Written by Nightfall on 01.06.2012 at 03:32

It doesn't hold a candle to Stone's Reach. It's only my first listen...

Give it some more spins on my first listen I probably would of only rated 7/8, but now I enjoy it more than SR (Stone's Reach). I think its just more beefy than SR, more choc filled with melodies etc. Remember that amazing outro to Countless Skies when there is what seems like 5+melodies working together in unison? That sort of thing is going on constantly on this album compared to SR where it happens far less, this is why I say this album is more beefed out.

Also after more listens you'll start to anticipate very memorable sections (and there is a lot of those!).


(Y)
You have a point man, this is it!

But i didnt like to give a 10 again, but.... uhhh again??? AGAIN???!!! Again.... Again OF COURSE . Also I just ordered the disc, they offer it from their site!
Timmeh - 01.06.2012 at 08:56  
Rating: 9
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 01.06.2012 at 08:12

(Y)
You have a point man, this is it!
But i didnt like to give a 10 again, but.... uhhh again??? AGAIN???!!! Again.... Again OF COURSE . Also I just ordered the disc, they offer it from their site!

Yeah I really think that with all the extra stuff going on in the songs the atmosphere created is denser and more absorbing. Good to see you're supporting the band dude, I managed to get the signed digipack .
K†ulu - 01.06.2012 at 11:07  
Rating: 5 Wow, this is just bad; not only nothing new compared to previous material, but also tediously samey; don't know what you people find here.
Risto - 01.06.2012 at 11:39  
Rating: 10
Written by K†ulu on 01.06.2012 at 11:07

tediously samey

Too folky for your tastes perhaps?
K†ulu - 01.06.2012 at 11:55  
Rating: 5
Written by Risto on 01.06.2012 at 11:39

Written by K†ulu on 01.06.2012 at 11:07

tediously samey

Too folky for your tastes perhaps?

Not that (although this raises the whole MDM definition issue). I don't see what they have really achieved with this album. I was not too impressed with The Stone's Reach, but they have done everything on that album they are doing on Of Breath and Bone. The "8-bit style" of some leads (you know what I mean?) is something unique to them, but it sounds very repetitive. The drumming is also very monotonous: absolutely nothing to look out for there --> same patterns, same techniques, same sequences...

I don't want to sound like one living in the past, but modern MDM is absolutely stale for me. Opeth's Orchid, In Flames' The Jester Race/Lunar Strain, Dark Tranquility's The Gallery... As for Be'lakor, I don't see any touch of genius or even quality songwriting with them.

Maybe, one could say that I don't like the whole atmospheric direction of modern MDM... and more importantly, where is the mighty riff?
InnerSelf - 01.06.2012 at 14:34  
Rating: 9 Just when I gave up on Melodeath
Troy Killjoy - 01.06.2012 at 20:51  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 01.06.2012 at 14:34
Just when I gave up on Melodeath

That's what I felt like right before listening to this.
Risto - 01.06.2012 at 21:57  
Rating: 10
Written by K†ulu on 01.06.2012 at 11:55

Maybe, one could say that I don't like the whole atmospheric direction of modern MDM... and more importantly, where is the mighty riff?

Pretty much what I thought when I read your reply. The fact you focus that much on technical stuff kinda shows you don't feel the atmosphere Whereas you're missing "the mighty riff" I think that MASSIVE riff in "Fraught" is the goddamn riff of the year, haha.

BTW, the minor stylistic difference to Stone's Reach I find is the overall sound is more defined.
Frodd - 01.06.2012 at 23:33  
Rating: 8 Better than Stone's Reach, but still inferior to The Frail Tide. Very good melodeath nonetheless.
tirim4 - 01.06.2012 at 23:52  
Rating: 9 I can't really say I get as excited over a new melo death album as I used to be but this is some good shit. The once again manages to not fall into the pit of repetiveness that melo death can be, yet I feel Stone's Reach was a little more varied.
Nightfall - 02.06.2012 at 00:33  
Rating: 8
Written by Timmeh on 01.06.2012 at 04:50

Written by Nightfall on 01.06.2012 at 03:32

It doesn't hold a candle to Stone's Reach. It's only my first listen...

Give it some more spins on my first listen I probably would of only rated 7/8, but now I enjoy it more than SR (Stone's Reach). I think its just more beefy than SR, more choc filled with melodies etc. Remember that amazing outro to Countless Skies when there is what seems like 5+melodies working together in unison? That sort of thing is going on constantly on this album compared to SR where it happens far less, this is why I say this album is more beefed out.

Also after more listens you'll start to anticipate very memorable sections (and there is a lot of those!).


I'm really surpirsed at this constructive advice. I'll give it another spin today.

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