BE'LAKOR: 'Of Breath and Bone' rated 4 out of 5 @ Metalalbumreviews.com!
"Be’lakor are an Australian melodic death metal group with a real solid Gothenburg sound. They’ve only been around since 2005 (1st album not until 2007) and are already carving out an important spot for themselves amongst great metal of the world. This June marks their third studio release, “Of Breath and Bone”, which is a effortless blend of both melodic death metal and progressive metal.
“Of Breath and Bone” opens with “Abeyance”, which is a fair representation of how the rest of the album will sound: real melodic guitar riffs, backed by a mid-tempo double bass beat, and epically placed guttural statements. This track also features a few moments of calm that are quickly shattered by a distorted repossession of the melody. “Abeyance” is a great example of how Gothenburg metal should sound if it’s going to be produced at this kind of level.
Many of the tracks on “Of Breath and Bone” follow a similar template to “Abeyance”; meaning they are mid-tempo melodic death metal. But the next one that really stood out to me was track 4, “Absit Omen”. There are some really creative guitar harmonies throughout this track that showcase why “Of Breath and Bone” cannot be ignored, and that Be’lakor are on their way to being one of the best melodic death metal bands.
As “Absit Omen” trails out with feedback, “To Stir the Sea” enters our speakers with a medieval minute and a half instrumental; I can picture it being played at a funeral in the Shire. Regardless of my cliche’ Tolkien references (the name “Be’lakor” comes from the game “Warhammer”), “To Stir the Sea” sets the tone for my favorite song on “Of Breath and Bone”, track 6 “In Parting”. The song’s got a killer opening and buildup into some great melodic guitar/keyboard action. This song feels more like a journey as there are so many riff and tempo changes; but they all fit together perfectly.
“Of Breath and Bone” is almost an hour long, with Be’lakor pushing all but one of the songs between 6 and 10 minutes a piece. “By Moon and Star” closes out this album and doesn’t at all disappoint. This track feels a bit more intense then the rest of the album. The vocals seems more inspired and the instruments all seem drenched with more ferocity. This is, in my humble opinion, the other truly amazing song by Be’lakor this time around.
While Be’lakor play a very familiar style of melodic death metal, there is still a real creative aggression emitting from their new album, “Of Breath and Bone”. I would have appreciated a record with a bit more grit to it and even a bit quicker, but there are those few tracks on here that really make “Of Breath and Bone” well worth the hour." [Editor]