7,5 out of 10 @ Myamn.com.au webzine!
"Be’lakor continues their excellence in melodic death metal for the third album with Of Breath and Bone. Riding off of the immense success of Stone’s Reach, Be’lakor has used this album to consolidate their signature melodeath sound and put forward yet another excellent album.
Of Breath and Bone is yet another excellent melodeath album from these giants, the signature sound of the constant power chord based rhythm and the sweet melodies of the lead guitar and piano once again return to confirm that Be’lakor has well and truly found their sound. This doesn’t always work in their favour however, there’s a sense of repetitiveness that really wasn’t there in their previous albums, Be’lakor’s sound has definitely matured but it feels like although each of the songs on Of Breath and Bone are great, the whole album put together doesn’t have the variety that Frail Tide or Stone’s Reach did. There’s certainly a better mix of the acoustic and dirty sections that they used in Stone’s Reach but each dirty section doesn’t really do anything to separate itself from the next, the chords and melodies are often similar and there’s really not a lot that highlights any one song out from the rest.
Of Breath and Bone really is a great album, and I highly recommend it for any fan of melodeath, but personally I hold Stone’s Reach in high regard as the greatest melodeath album ever written, and it’s that that makes it hard for me to sit and listen to Of Breath and Bone without comparing everything I hear back to its younger brother. What Of Breath and Bone does mean to me and any fellow Be’lakor die-hards is that Be’lakor have found a sound that suits them perfectly and I really look forward to what they can do with that now, but as excellent as this album is, I know that when I look at my CD stack I’m going to grab my copy of Stone’s Reach and wait out what Be’lakor do with their now solidified sound." [Jake Ewings]