Release date: 20 June 2009
Style: Melodic death metal

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8.9 | 792 votes

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01. Venator
02. From Scythe To Sceptre
03. Outlive The Hand
04. Sun's Delusion
05. Held In Hollows
06. Husks
07. Aspect
08. Countless Skies

The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal Album Of 2009
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Top 200 albums of all time: 50

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Additional info
Produced by Warren Hammond and Be'lakor.
Recorded with Warren Hammond and Phil Forbes at Pennydrop Audio, Melbourne in the early months of 2009.
Piano recorded at Sing Sing Recording Studios, Melbourne.
Mastered at Crystal Mastering, Melbourne, 2009.

Cover artwork - 'Head of Medusa' by Gianfrancesco A. (geanfrancois.deviantart.com/gfrphotoproduction@live.it).

Guest review by
Njord

Rating:
8.2
When I listened to this album for the first time my first thought was "this is clearly melodic death, but there's something about it", something that marks the line between another copy and a new way of design from the same prototype. Despite the guitars following Gothenburg death metal, one innovation of this band is the demarcation of that style because there's no chorus/verse imposed law, there's no fear of falling into doom or entering solos at low speed. It's very important to be creative inside the musical genres and this Australian group achieve it in a brilliant way.

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published 18.09.2009 | Comments (9)

Staff review by
Raiden

Rating:
9.0
After hearing and reviewing the first offering of Melodic Death Metal from Australia's Be'lakor I found it to be a rather promising debut. The promise wasn't misplaced either as the band have backed themselves up rather nicely with this new album entitled Stone's Reach. While their previous release The Frail Tide was good, the new album is cleaner production-wise and I think a deeper piece of work as well.

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published 02.10.2009 | Comments (41)

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Elen Rotrikan - 02.01.2010 at 17:10  
  Venator's intro is amazing!
Daggon - 29.01.2010 at 03:48  
Rating: 6 I find this album booooring, really I don't understand why this album is so praised, for me it didn't survive the hype I heard from many people before listening to this.
Ander - 23.02.2010 at 02:27  
Rating: 10 One of the most underrated bands around (mainly due to them being relatively new, though) at the moment. Stone's Reach is stellar work to me, reminds me of Scandinavian Melodic Death, with blends of Opeth and Agalloch. I really hope these guys manage to earn the success they definitely deserve, eventually.
Paradox0 - 24.02.2010 at 21:55  
Rating: 7 VERY melodic. In a certain way not too necessarily a bad thing, but at times I felt that the entire package was just a little bland. I actually loved the beginning acoustic of "Venator" but then just found the follow up a disappointing contrast to the opening. It's not like melody on electric guitar in melodeath can't be on par (look at "moonshield" by In Flames for a great example). But i guess this is more of a truer melodic death metal album than Gothenburg. I do give it credit though, despite finding it a little bland, I doi give credit for the actual creativity aspect of the album (as it does sound all well thought out at least), not to mention it separates itself from other melodeath albums through its sound. Luckily, songs such as "Aspect" and "Full of Skies", end the album on a pretty strong note. Unfortunately, it's not a matter of "finally getting into the groove of the album" as my second spin through left me with the sdame impression.
Novas - 26.02.2010 at 01:53  
Rating: 9 The calm bridge solo towards the end of "From Scythe to Sceptre", EPIC. I havent had time to sulk over my recent friend's death...Ya'll probably heard of her: Johnston, PA, old house caught on fire, 16 year died in the fire...yea...Well, i was on her facebook tribute page, looking at her photos. I didnt realize that part in the song was playing & all those memories with her just hit me out of nowhere. This band is one of the very few death metal i like. I cant stand vocals like Cannibal Corpse lol
devosion - 01.03.2010 at 07:35  
Rating: 9 It's hard to say how I enjoy this album, because by simple definition this is melodic death metal. And there is certainly nothing wrong with enjoying that. Within though there is a myriad of inspiring and beautifully haunting riffs, chords, and synthesis that detail why the album is as good as it is. While I might be called out for saying it as well, I also sense a certain aspect of Agalloch's grey metal greatness that I envy so much interspersed throughout. All in all a great start to melodic death metal in 2010.
Lord Pisi Pisi - 23.03.2010 at 09:16  
Rating: 10 Wow a damn fine album.. I haven't listened to such good doom stuff since 13 or 14 years from Anathema silent enigma era.
Aetherius - 12.04.2010 at 14:00  
Rating: 10 Very good album. For me, it took thoroughly listening to their first album, Frail Tide, which i liked much more, to appreciate this one. I think any prog-death or melodic death metal fan will love this. ^^
soadbyob - 12.04.2010 at 15:56  
  Very good (and underrated) album.
elseif - 24.05.2010 at 02:58  
Rating: 9 Very good album
Behdad K - 01.06.2010 at 20:02  
Rating: 10 I'd give +100 to this masterpiece if I could.
I compare them to Dark Tranquillity, the kings of Melodic Death.
Abattoir - 03.06.2010 at 18:47  
 
Written by Behdad K on 01.06.2010 at 20:02

I'd give +100 to this masterpiece if I could.
I compare them to Dark Tranquillity, the kings of Melodic Death.

Quite decent album indeed...still I prefer the first one more. Though generally I wouldn't compare them to DT, while Be'lakor have much more of progressive parts in their music.
Behdad K - 03.06.2010 at 19:07  
Rating: 10
Written by Abattoir on 03.06.2010 at 18:47

Written by Behdad K on 01.06.2010 at 20:02

I'd give +100 to this masterpiece if I could.
I compare them to Dark Tranquillity, the kings of Melodic Death.

Quite decent album indeed...still I prefer the first one more. Though generally I wouldn't compare them to DT, while Be'lakor have much more of progressive parts in their music.


Yes you're right.
Be'lakor style is actually Progressive Melodic Death Metal.

I just wanted to show how good are they, so I named DT. I didn't mean anything!
DT are still the Gods of Melodic Death!
Abattoir - 03.06.2010 at 21:31  
 
Written by Behdad K on 03.06.2010 at 19:07

Written by Abattoir on 03.06.2010 at 18:47

Written by Behdad K on 01.06.2010 at 20:02

I'd give +100 to this masterpiece if I could.
I compare them to Dark Tranquillity, the kings of Melodic Death.

Quite decent album indeed...still I prefer the first one more. Though generally I wouldn't compare them to DT, while Be'lakor have much more of progressive parts in their music.


Yes you're right.
Be'lakor style is actually Progressive Melodic Death Metal.

I just wanted to show how good are they, so I named DT. I didn't mean anything!
DT are still the Gods of Melodic Death!


I'm sure you didn't

Of course they are...and they always be
Warrior_Of_Ice - 24.08.2010 at 04:57  
Rating: 9 Great album, listening to it now
Bushwookie - 06.09.2010 at 19:51  
Rating: 9 I love Be'lakor... I'd give this album a solid 9.
Wishmaster - 06.09.2010 at 23:22  
  Very beautiful, melodic, and just great.
Reza - 07.09.2010 at 11:23  
  Not good as their previous album.
Boxcar Willy - 03.10.2010 at 19:57  
  I like Be'lakors style, it seems to be very... odd? i guess? i dont know...
Timmeh - 19.12.2010 at 13:27  
Rating: 10 Wow every song on this album is amazing! You won't find any better when it comes to rhythm and lead guitars intertwining and harmonising together so beautifully.
Daydream Nation - 22.12.2010 at 01:35  
  Way better than The Frail Tide.
Jusbaked - 03.02.2011 at 13:31  
Rating: 10 This band is nowhere near as popular as they should be.
Pyramid God - 25.06.2011 at 04:41  
Rating: 10 I originally had it an 8, then a 9, and after many many listens I finally realize its a 10.
Destructo - 28.06.2011 at 18:11  
Rating: 10 I think this can be considered as one of the landmark albums in the Melo-Death genre and Metal as a whole !!
Troy Killjoy - 28.06.2011 at 19:09  
 
Written by Destructo on 28.06.2011 at 18:11

I think this can be considered as one of the landmark albums in the Melo-Death genre and Metal as a whole !!

I don't know if I'd go so far as saying it's a landmark for metal as a whole, but it definitely raised the level of respectability for melodic death metal, along with Insomnium's Above the Weeping World.
Destructo - 29.06.2011 at 18:29  
Rating: 10 Hmmm.....I don't know man. I currently have a collection of about 888 albums of which not more than 40 have recieved a 10 from me, which is just above 4%. So it is clear that I dont give 10s that easily unless something REALLY blows my mind. This was one of them. But ya, as U mentioned...."Above The Weeping World" definitely is a stunning album. Another one which comes to mind would be In Mourning's debut. But this one managed to impress the hell out of me, to be honest.
MetalButt - 03.12.2011 at 06:55  
Rating: 9 I luv this album..fav track-aspect!!gr8 talent frm down under..cant w8 fr d new album..:banger2:
Boxcar Willy - 01.01.2012 at 06:23  
 
Written by MetalButt on 03.12.2011 at 06:55

I luv this album..fav track-aspect!!gr8 talent frm down under..cant w8 fr d new album..:banger2:

*Face-Palm*
MetalButt - 02.01.2012 at 09:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 06:23

Written by MetalButt on 03.12.2011 at 06:55

I luv this album..fav track-aspect!!gr8 talent frm down under..cant w8 fr d new album..:banger2:

*Face-Palm*

din like d album or wat?
Troy Killjoy - 02.01.2012 at 09:52  
 
Written by MetalButt on 02.01.2012 at 09:38
din like d album or wat?

I think he was referring to your unique typing skills.
MetalButt - 02.01.2012 at 10:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 02.01.2012 at 09:52

Written by MetalButt on 02.01.2012 at 09:38
din like d album or wat?

I think he was referring to your unique typing skills.

:O wonder why?
well im much of a texter so use a lot ov abbreviations..:beer2:
mz - 24.05.2012 at 22:08  
Rating: 6 I've listened to this album once . Dont get the praise over this album. I dont mean its bad, its actually very interesting and beside Insomnium,Be'lakor is the best melodeth band I know now but again its an unoriginal album. Now im going to give it another try and hope to love it.
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 00:12  
  Nice. I love track 8, my fav on the album!!
Melánicol..l - 24.06.2012 at 05:13  
  I recently heard it and...this shit is awesome!
Mountain King - 19.08.2012 at 15:05  
  Good music, the vocals are not my style and they kind of ruin the whole rating for me...
Zaphod - 29.08.2012 at 18:14  
Rating: 7
Written by MetalButt on 02.01.2012 at 10:06

use a lot ov abbreviations

Good to know there's an abbreviation for "of."
Lokaeda - 30.08.2012 at 16:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Lord Pisi Pisi on 23.03.2010 at 09:16

Wow a damn fine album.. I haven't listened to such good doom stuff since 13 or 14 years from Anathema silent enigma era.



"Doom" ? I laughed.
Hallford9000 - 02.09.2012 at 03:27  
Rating: 10 This album is like a kick in the balls and a hug.
MetalButt - 02.09.2012 at 11:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Zaphod on 29.08.2012 at 18:14

Written by MetalButt on 02.01.2012 at 10:06

use a lot ov abbreviations

Good to know there's an abbreviation for "of."

not an abbreviation but just sounds cool...behemoth taught this..:P
NocturnalStalker - 10.09.2012 at 17:42  
Rating: 9 This album reminds me of Dark Tranquillity, Amon Amarth, Opeth and Agalloch at the same time, which isn't bad considering that those are all the bands I love.
And I also need to mention one of the most impressive cover artworks and layouts I ever saw.
Ace Frawley - 11.09.2012 at 14:00  
Rating: 7
Written by NocturnalStalker on 10.09.2012 at 17:42

This album reminds me of Dark Tranquillity, Amon Amarth, Opeth and Agalloch at the same time, which isn't bad considering that those are all the bands I love.
And I also need to mention one of the most impressive cover artworks and layouts I ever saw.


Interesting comment about the cover art - I really love it too. Wonder if anyone knows if that's a real statue somewhere in the world?
Risto - 11.09.2012 at 14:02  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 11.09.2012 at 14:00

Interesting comment about the cover art - I really love it too. Wonder if anyone knows if that's a real statue somewhere in the world?

It's the statue of Perseus in Florence, Italy.
Ace Frawley - 11.09.2012 at 14:06  
Rating: 7
Written by Risto on 11.09.2012 at 14:02

It's the statue of Perseus in Florence, Italy.


Thanks for that - you learn something new every day. I'm so uncultured.
Lord Pisi Pisi - 18.09.2012 at 08:51  
Rating: 10
Written by Lokaeda on 30.08.2012 at 16:27

Written by Lord Pisi Pisi on 23.03.2010 at 09:16

Wow a damn fine album.. I haven't listened to such good doom stuff since 13 or 14 years from Anathema silent enigma era.



"Doom" ? I laughed.


I wrote it wrong actually I meant pop rock dude
Diverge - 29.03.2013 at 17:22  
Rating: 9 This was one of the first albums that truly exposed me to the greatness of Metal Storm. I wouldn't have learned about these guys without them years ago. Admittedly, my music taste has changed a lot, but I do remember this was a great album back in the day.
Nick K. - 21.06.2013 at 23:26  
  This stuff is really, really impressive. Listen to it a lot.
Hallford9000 - 01.08.2013 at 00:19  
Rating: 10 Just wow. Nothing revolutionary but such perfectly crafted songs. Some of the best riffs the melodic death metal scene has to offer.
Northern Danger - 08.09.2013 at 15:30  
  Very tight sound. This is one of those melodeath bands,that worth to listen,even the genre is mostly pretty boring and worn.
deadone - 11.12.2013 at 06:54  
Rating: 6 This album's well crafted in terms of musicianship.

But it's all too generic and ploddy much like a lot of later day Dark Tranquillity or Amon Amarth. There's no real songs on it either, unlike DT's later stuff.
Powerslavex - 30.05.2014 at 01:44  
Rating: 10 Fucking wonderful album i'm so glad i listened to it 10/10

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