'Yes, they’re that damn good, and certainly deserve some success' - check the review of 'Of Breath and Bone' @ Suicide Scriptures!
"Is there anything worse than having your preconceptions challenged and shattered? One minute you’re merrily sauntering along through life harbouring certain prejudices, rigidly adhering to them and refuting any challenges, when not wilfully ignoring them, and the next you’re suffering an existential crisis and succumb to nihilism.
What could be worse than that?
Well, quite a lot of things actually: I hear talk of a guy who recently, tragically, got chopped up, cannibalised AND molested, but that’s another story…
Let’s get back on track; take the following statements:
A) “BE’LAKOR plays Melodic Death Metal”
B) “I don’t like any genre of Death Metal”
C) “I won’t like BE’LAKOR”
D) “I will like BE’LAKOR”
I take a moment to offer my apologies to any logicians, programmers or mathematicians who see where I’m crudely going with this.
So then, let’s say that A and B are definitely true and call them AB. If AB is true then what follows logically would have to be C, correct? Logically yes, but that’s about as much logic as I’m prepared to go into, because in this instance the outcome is actually D, for me at least.
So hold on a moment, what the fuck? I’m no fan of Death Metal, I abandoned the shores of Death in favour of Black and Doom laced hatred and misery well over a decade ago, and no amount of infectiously aggressive melodic merry-making can ever or will ever bring me back.
Concessions must be made when there is adequate justification to do so, and this Australian outfit (with a name which probably has some profound meaning yet still sounds silly to my ears) provide it in spade.
Yes, they’re that damn good, and certainly deserve some success.
Now you may ask what makes them so special and why shouldn’t you just continue listening to Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth and the like? To which I would obnoxiously reply “Because you’d be missing out on some seriously high quality material comprised of greater intricacy than has been displayed by latter-day Arch Enemy and more fluidity than Amon Amarth, good though these bands are”.
Now just because I did a bit of name dropping, don’t think for a second that I’m going to compare these guys to EVERY big name Melodic Death Metal band. I’ve not the time, nor the inclination.
I will say that this release provides a good example of how to play this genre well, without compromising on the aggression or sacrificing the melody in order to please this or that audience, resulting in a juicy balance whereby the listener is fortunate enough to be subjected to Herculean helpings of both.
If this is the standard quality of Melodic Death Metal these days then it’s no wonder its adherents are always so sodding cheerful. If this is an exception, then I see no reason why based on the strength of what’s on offer here, BE’LAKOR will no doubt earn great renown as they spread their message.
My only real, minor criticism is that somewhere around the middle the ball is momentarily dropped, but this is very brief, as things pick up again in no time. An enjoyable release that you probably aren’t going to buy as you’re a tight-fisted bastard, so sure, go ahead and miss out only the depth and subtlety of their art; go eat your chip butty before mounting that bulbous mass you share bodily fluids with, but when you’re done, at the very least, go and see them live if you get the chance. Maybe buy a T-shirt or something.
Seriously, this is some high level exciting music that you cannot help but enjoy, either passively in the background while having sexual relations with the recently deceased or while actively banging your head and quaffing far too much overpriced alcohol which tastes suspiciously like piss."