Release date: 1 June 2012
Style: Melodic death metal

Rating:

8.6 | 795 votes

Owners:

597 have it
98 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 (87)

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Ace Frawley - 16.06.2012 at 06:52  
Rating: 8 Reckon track 2 "Remnants" is killer!
Malaghost - 16.06.2012 at 13:42  
Rating: 8
Written by Ace Frawley on 16.06.2012 at 06:52

Reckon track 2 "Remnants" is killer!


Agreed
Timmeh - 16.06.2012 at 14:03  
Rating: 9 Remnants is the worst track on the album imo, but still killer .
Destructo - 17.06.2012 at 07:24  
Rating: 9 Just a slight, very slight stepdown from Stone's Reach, but then Be'lakor never release anything mediocre, do they ??
ManthraXXX - 18.06.2012 at 16:06  
Rating: 10 I cry when I Wake from the Dream !!!
Wes - 19.06.2012 at 21:07  
Rating: 8 Amazing, their best work to date.
Dark Blood - 22.06.2012 at 20:20  
Rating: 9 I don't know if it was because I was expecting a second Stone's Reach, but I didn't quite liked it at first. Eventually it grew on me, but it took a while. The first few spins left me with a "meh, this isn't gonna work" impression and that it wasn't as remarkable as their 2nd, but a few days later I could hear the melodies in my subconscious as if it was calling me. It started to grow, and I'm starting to like it almost as much as Stone's Reach. I gave it a 9 for now, but it's a very fragile 9. I feel it lacks memorable moments and can go down a point if I'm in a more demanding mood.
Ace Frawley - 23.06.2012 at 05:12  
Rating: 8 I have increased my rating of this album to 8. It improves with each listen. And I had the great fortune to see them play live in Canberra last night and they were incredible. They opened with "Absit Omen" and the other tracks they played from Of Breath and Bone were "Remnants", "Fraught" and "By Moon and Star". Great to see these songs played live and they were flawless.
Timmeh - 23.06.2012 at 15:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 23.06.2012 at 05:12
...I had the great fortune to see them play live in Canberra last night and they were incredible.

I wish they would hurry up and announce the Brisbane dates I'm starting to get impatient.
Cuca Beludo - 25.06.2012 at 00:00  
  Already at 112 of the top 200?? In the future, there will be childrens running around telling others how their fathers were fans of be'lakor!
OpethRules - 26.06.2012 at 23:04  
Rating: 10
Written by Boxcar Willy on 09.06.2012 at 00:40

Written by OpethRules on 06.06.2012 at 16:32

2 people rated "5" ?!?!? :-)

D: Someone has a different opinion than you?!?!?!

Sure ! a minority, it seems..... since the album is 1th in every chart.....
Delamortia - 03.07.2012 at 17:51  
Rating: 9 Each second of each song is worth listening. Enjoyable experience.
OpethRules - 08.07.2012 at 21:47  
Rating: 10
Written by Nightfall on 29.06.2012 at 04:46

Written by OpethRules on 26.06.2012 at 23:04

Written by Boxcar Willy on 09.06.2012 at 00:40

Written by OpethRules on 06.06.2012 at 16:32

2 people rated "5" ?!?!? :-)

D: Someone has a different opinion than you?!?!?!

Sure ! a minority, it seems..... since the album is 1th in every chart.....


Well, being part of this minority, I consider Melodeath the most overrated subgenre by the users of this site. It's a good album though; an 8.0 - 8.2 for me, but far from being a masterpiece yet.

if you rate it 8 / 8.2 you're not a minority....we were talking about those who rated it 5 , didn''t we ? :-)
skime - 11.07.2012 at 12:19  
Rating: 9 Great album. I expected something good.. not almost masterpiece.
LusitanianTroll - 13.07.2012 at 18:29  
Rating: 6 Ranked number 26 in the overall greatest death metal albums chart...seriously guys? Yea, I admit that I'm not really into Melo Death, maybe that's why I can't see the "awesomeness" everyone is claiming in this. Gonna listen to Towards the Megalith by DIsma now to "wash" my ears with some real morbid death metal.
qlacs - 13.07.2012 at 18:39  
Rating: 9 You know what would make Be'lakor as legendary as Death was? If the next record can overshine Stone's Reach. I agree that Of Breath And Bone is a bit of step back, but it's still a very good record to listen to, and there are some real highlights and overall consistency on the album. As a judgement for the future, they haven't crossed the borders of melodic death metal... I'd say they could win the metal world if they try to be a little bit progressive. Just an opinion...
Troy Killjoy - 13.07.2012 at 20:33  
Rating: 9
Written by LusitanianTroll on 13.07.2012 at 18:29
Gonna listen to Towards the Megalith by DIsma now to "wash" my ears with some real morbid death metal.

Wow, I wish I had as good a taste in music as you.
Heartless - 16.07.2012 at 16:51  
  It's boring...
Cuca Beludo - 16.07.2012 at 18:39  
  My problem with this album is because it's so DAMN long!
Stoned Crow - 19.07.2012 at 05:33  
 
Written by Heartless on 16.07.2012 at 16:51

It's boring...

Don't be so heartless.
Dark Cornatus - 19.07.2012 at 05:57  
Rating: 9 I hate melodeath, and i think Be'Lakor is probably the first band in the genre i like. I much prefer death metal vocals than melodeath, but the vocals still work here because the music is so damn good.

Remnants and In Parting are my favourites.
John Shock - 02.08.2012 at 20:49  
 
Written by Guest on 16.07.2012 at 18:39

My problem with this album is because it's so DAMN long!

If you have problems with long albuns sure you don't enjoy many progressive bands...like Dream Theater or Rush or, i don't know...Opeth! ...They have huge exclusive songs! ...
Cüca Beludo - 03.08.2012 at 04:44  
 
Written by John Shock on 02.08.2012 at 20:49

Written by Guest on 16.07.2012 at 18:39

My problem with this album is because it's so DAMN long!

If you have problems with long albuns sure you don't enjoy many progressive bands...like Dream Theater or Rush or, i don't know...Opeth! ...They have huge exclusive songs! ...

I tried once to get into dream theater... Same thing, too... progressive. I only listened two or three Opeth songs, because one of my friends is a big fan. I remember that "blackwater park" sounded good, but I haven't listened the whole album.
John Shock - 03.08.2012 at 21:48  
 
Written by Guest on 03.08.2012 at 04:44

Written by John Shock on 02.08.2012 at 20:49

Written by Guest on 16.07.2012 at 18:39

My problem with this album is because it's so DAMN long!

If you have problems with long albuns sure you don't enjoy many progressive bands...like Dream Theater or Rush or, i don't know...Opeth! ...They have huge exclusive songs! ...

I tried once to get into dream theater... Same thing, too... progressive. I only listened two or three Opeth songs, because one of my friends is a big fan. I remember that "blackwater park" sounded good, but I haven't listened the whole album.

I truly recomend Blackwater Park...that's a true epic explosive album! Give it a shot and tell me what you think! ...
Cüca Beludo - 03.08.2012 at 22:48  
 
Written by John Shock on 03.08.2012 at 21:48

I truly recomend Blackwater Park...that's a true epic explosive album! Give it a shot and tell me what you think! ...

Why not, eh? I will listen to it with all the attention I can give. I'll come back later
Foxer - 15.08.2012 at 16:04  
Rating: 10 Definitely one of the best metal abums I've heard so far.
Alex Fenger - 17.08.2012 at 05:44  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.07.2012 at 20:33

Written by LusitanianTroll on 13.07.2012 at 18:29
Gonna listen to Towards the Megalith by DIsma now to "wash" my ears with some real morbid death metal.

Wow, I wish I had as good a taste in music as you.

I just died
jojo0215 - 17.08.2012 at 12:42  
  The patch 1.04 is about to come in the following days, it is said that there will be many changes about the legendary items. Good news for the Barbarian that his skills will be strengthened. While so many ranged profession has bursted and formed their fixed strategies to take down their enemies, the Barbarian is always disappointing their players. To fix this issue and bring the balance of these professions back, changes will be made to the Barbarians. Why not get some diablo 3 items to be the most awesome Barbarian?
Ace Frawley - 17.08.2012 at 13:24  
Rating: 8
Written by jojo0215 on 17.08.2012 at 12:42

The patch 1.04 is about to come in the following days, it is said that there will be many changes about the legendary items. Good news for the Barbarian that his skills will be strengthened. While so many ranged profession has bursted and formed their fixed strategies to take down their enemies, the Barbarian is always disappointing their players. To fix this issue and bring the balance of these professions back, changes will be made to the Barbarians. Why not get some diablo 3 items to be the most awesome Barbarian?


as the kids say these days - WTF?
Unhealer - 17.08.2012 at 21:29  
Rating: 7
Written by Ace Frawley on 17.08.2012 at 13:24


as the kids say these days - WTF?





First time I see it here.
Zaphod - 21.08.2012 at 15:28  
 
Written by jojo0215 on 17.08.2012 at 12:42

The patch 1.04 is about to come in the following days, it is said that there will be many changes about the legendary items. Good news for the Barbarian that his skills will be strengthened. While so many ranged profession has bursted and formed their fixed strategies to take down their enemies, the Barbarian is always disappointing their players. To fix this issue and bring the balance of these professions back, changes will be made to the Barbarians. Why not get some diablo 3 items to be the most awesome Barbarian?

Ban?
Coolingsrock - 23.08.2012 at 21:59  
Rating: 8 No way this is the best of 2012. Its great like in the top 20 area maybe but nothing real special here. Love the random riffs that pop in and out between slower parts though.
infernaldeath87 - 23.08.2012 at 23:39  
Rating: 10 Breathtaking album...
Nigradamus - 29.08.2012 at 16:17  
Rating: 10 Nigradamus approves of this shitzzz!
Risto - 29.08.2012 at 20:59  
Rating: 10
Written by Coolingsrock on 23.08.2012 at 21:59

No way this is the best of 2012. Its great like in the top 20 area maybe but nothing real special here. Love the random riffs that pop in and out between slower parts though.

And now you've bumped your rating up to 9. Be'lakor'ed
Coolingsrock - 29.08.2012 at 21:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Risto on 29.08.2012 at 20:59

Written by Coolingsrock on 23.08.2012 at 21:59

No way this is the best of 2012. Its great like in the top 20 area maybe but nothing real special here. Love the random riffs that pop in and out between slower parts though.

And now you've bumped your rating up to 9. Be'lakor'ed


your damn right!!! it all takes time and I jumped the gun on that one. You called me out. Deserves a 9 for sure.
Timmeh - 30.08.2012 at 16:09  
Rating: 9 Dropped my rating to a solid 9, purely because it doesn't have the legs to be a high 9 (rounded to 10) from me. The songs have staled up just a tad, I've decided Stone's Reach is the superior of the two.
3rdWorld - 09.09.2012 at 17:42  
  I really found Insomnium last outing boring as fuck. But gonna give this a try anyway.
Risto - 11.09.2012 at 22:30  
Rating: 10
Written by 3rdWorld on 09.09.2012 at 17:42

I really found Insomnium last outing boring as fuck. But gonna give this a try anyway.

"We have certainly heard of them [Insomnium] now, because as you said, there have been many comparisons drawn. We can see that there are a few things that the two bands have in common both play melodic death metal, and both have an interest in writing sad or more mournful riffs. Beyond that, however, we believe that each band clearly has their own things to offer, and many fairly substantial differences. There are riffs in each band's music that simply would not appear [stylistically] in the other band's songs. From what we can gather, fans of the two bands can see these differences quite clearly. Our take is that many of the comparisons are being drawn by people who have only given each band a cursory listen, or by people for whom 'melodic death metal' is all lumped into one big category." -Steven Merry (9/2012)
3rdWorld - 13.09.2012 at 18:49  
 
Quote:
Our take is that many of the comparisons are being drawn by people who have only given each band a cursory listen, or by people for whom 'melodic death metal' is all lumped into one big category. -Steven Merry (9/2012)

Exactly.
JÄY - 14.09.2012 at 00:23  
Rating: 8 Well, it would take an idiot of a metal fan to say they dont sound the same....but then again Insomnium sounds similar to In Flames as well...which of course isnt all that far off from Children of Bodom and being power metal isnt that far off from sounding like Helloween which was, in some people's opinion, just a sped-up version of iron maiden. We all know maiden was origianally (whether they like to admit it or not) very inspired by the punk sound of the 70's.

So Be'lakor is punk

so.......
gryllz_wins - 15.09.2012 at 18:36  
Rating: 10 Can't Stop listening to Abeyance and Remnants , Perfect song combo
ScnD361 - 24.09.2012 at 03:34  
Rating: 10 The Dream and the Waking is my favourite from this album!, excelent riff and piano!
Fredd - 24.10.2012 at 19:47  
Rating: 9 Listened to this album again today.. It sounds much better than I remember. Upping my rating to 9.
ben90 - 25.10.2012 at 12:12  
Rating: 10 One of the Best Progressive Melodic Death Metal Albums I've ever heard.. And Just glad they keep getting better \m/
Ne Obliviscaris or Be'lakor....
Valaskjalf - 27.10.2012 at 23:41  
Rating: 6 Still dont understand all the rage over this album. Its immensely boring and unoriginal. Listened to it again today to see if it clicks with me better after I took a break from it - within about 25 minutes I realised I havent listened for the last 20 minutes and I stopped it. It just doesnt capture my attention at ALL - really mindboggling how this is the top album of the year.

I guess its just something I wont ever understand, its like it used to be with Eluveitie. Zero interesting yet people throw their panties at it. 6/10 now.
Rulatore - 28.10.2012 at 04:21  
Rating: 7
Written by JÄY on 14.09.2012 at 00:23

Well, it would take an idiot of a metal fan to say they dont sound the same....but then again Insomnium sounds similar to In Flames as well...which of course isnt all that far off from Children of Bodom and being power metal isnt that far off from sounding like Helloween which was, in some people's opinion, just a sped-up version of iron maiden. We all know maiden was origianally (whether they like to admit it or not) very inspired by the punk sound of the 70's.

So Be'lakor is punk

so.......

Well played

btw, this album is a bit boring, don't remember much of it, I'll try it tomorrow again
exnihil - 03.11.2012 at 23:09  
Rating: 10 This album is legendary good and it will always be in the top remembered albums among the best new era revolution albums.And there are surely some more unforgettable melodies in this one as its predecessor
LeKiwi - 15.11.2012 at 15:13  
Rating: 10 How did this album get rated so low? It's nearly on par with Stone's Reach -.-
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.11.2012 at 15:35  
Rating: 6
Written by LeKiwi on 15.11.2012 at 15:13

How did this album get rated so low? It's nearly on par with Stone's Reach -.-

8.6 low? You must be trippin'

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