Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone



8.6 | 904 votes |
Release date: 1 June 2012
Style: Melodic death metal

Owners:

729 have it
107 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: 4

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 (89)

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10.06.2012 - 18:54
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Sounds too hollow. Yes those riffs and melodies are damned impressive but there is very little to nothing behind them to build an atmosphere with like on the previous album. Stone's Reach was easily better overall I think.
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11.06.2012 - 06:05
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.06.2012 at 16:38
And of course it's generic melodeath as well which the punters lap up like mad dogs.

Any one of us could argue the majority of metal you listen to is just as generic. Tried and true melodeath isn't any less innovative than revivalist death or traditional doom in my opinion. And to top it off so that it doesn't seem like I'm trying to single you out, this applies to most of the black metal I listen to as well. I'm just trying to illustrate the point that a lot of the music you bash suffers from the same problems as the music you love.
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11.06.2012 - 11:03
Rating: 8
The Melting Snow
Great album, but 35th of all time? I guess it's being over rated now :|
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11.06.2012 - 11:21
Rating: 10
Risto
Wandering Midget
Written by The Melting Snow on 11.06.2012 at 11:03

Great album, but 35th of all time? I guess it's being over rated now :|

Stone's Reach still has more than twice the amount of votes and it's at 8.90 (72nd), that rating is pretty much in contention.
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11.06.2012 - 19:51
Rating: 6
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
Been listening to the album quite profusely the last 2 weeks and I must admit it becomes boring pretty quickly. Theres interesting moments, but everything is just so "samey" the whole time. It was the same for me with Stone's Reach where I really loved "From Scythe To Sceptre" and "Venator", but from there everything quickly blends into 40 minutes of indisinguisible mid-paced metal.

Perhaps this is an album which is a good listen every 3 months or so. Definitely not something I can spin over and over like many other albums.
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11.06.2012 - 21:53
Lit.
Account deleted
#33 in the top 200?

The fanboys are invading! Kill it before it becomes the next Septicflesh!
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12.06.2012 - 06:06
Rating: 7
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Guest on 11.06.2012 at 21:53

#33 in the top 200?

The fanboys are invading! Kill it before it becomes the next Septicflesh!


Soon another melodic band will release an album that will be running for top album of 2012 and it's stupid fanboys will rate this album '1'
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16.06.2012 - 01:54
Rating: 10
Risto
Wandering Midget
Kolony ran out of stock which caused the Finnish street date to push back to June 20th (was originally 15th). 70% of it went to Germany - expecting a few more dates to be announced around there!
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16.06.2012 - 06:52
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Reckon track 2 "Remnants" is killer!
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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16.06.2012 - 13:42
Rating: 8
Malaghost
Written by Ace Frawley on 16.06.2012 at 06:52

Reckon track 2 "Remnants" is killer!


Agreed
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16.06.2012 - 14:03
Timmeh
Dudeman
Remnants is the worst track on the album imo, but still killer .
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17.06.2012 - 07:24
Rating: 9
Destructo
Just a slight, very slight stepdown from Stone's Reach, but then Be'lakor never release anything mediocre, do they ??
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18.06.2012 - 16:06
Rating: 10
ManthraXXX
I cry when I Wake from the Dream !!!
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19.06.2012 - 21:07
Rating: 8
Wes
Amazing, their best work to date.
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22.06.2012 - 20:20
Rating: 9
Dark Blood
The Avenger
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.
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23.06.2012 - 05:12
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
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.
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23.06.2012 - 15:30
Timmeh
Dudeman
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.
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25.06.2012 - 00:00
Cuca Beludo
Account deleted
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!
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26.06.2012 - 23:04
Rating: 10
OpethRules
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.....
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03.07.2012 - 17:51
Rating: 9
Delamortia
Each second of each song is worth listening. Enjoyable experience.
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08.07.2012 - 21:47
Rating: 10
OpethRules
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 ? :-)
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11.07.2012 - 12:19
Rating: 9
skime
Great album. I expected something good.. not almost masterpiece.
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13.07.2012 - 18:29
Rating: 6
LusitanianTroll
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.
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"All is worthwhile if the soul is not small" Fernando Pessoa
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13.07.2012 - 18:39
Rating: 9
qlacs
"The Quaker"
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...
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13.07.2012 - 20:33
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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16.07.2012 - 16:51
Heartless
It's boring...
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16.07.2012 - 18:39
Cuca Beludo
Account deleted
My problem with this album is because it's so DAMN long!
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19.07.2012 - 05:33
Stoned Crow
Written by Heartless on 16.07.2012 at 16:51

It's boring...

Don't be so heartless.
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19.07.2012 - 05:57
Rating: 9
Dark Cornatus
Powerslave
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.
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02.08.2012 - 20:49
John Shock
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! ...
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