Review Summary: Be'lakor have created an outstanding album mixing the progressive and melodic aspects of music with their Unique style of playing
The Australian Progressive Melodic Death Metal band is back with their new offering " Of Breath and Bone". I was very excited before playing this album because i had high expectations from this legendary band after listening to 'The Frail Tide', and unforgettable 'Stone's Reach'.
The album opens with 'Abeyance'. As soon as you hear the very first note, you will realize that this album is no different from Stone's Reach. It has the same depressive yet beautiful atmosphere alongside the best riffs you will find these days. The riff at 2:41 gives me goosebumps every time i listen to this song. With its ever evolving song structure, this song screams out to be one of the best songs from this album.
'Remnants' starts with beautiful acoustic intro followed by a great riff to carry the song. I really like the vocals done by George Kosmas. He has a powerful voice which suits the music very well. Listen to 3:55, you will notice that guitars are played flawlessly here. Another perfect song.
Rest of the songs are also very catchy. I want to keep this review as short as possible so I'll talk about only 'In Parting' now.
In parting is the longest and the most beautiful song here. Without any hesitation i can compare this song with the epic 'Countless Skies'. The song starts with a good guitar riff creating a gloomy atmosphere which continues for about 2 and 1/2 mins. At about 2:45, another insanely melodic riff comes in. The keyboards are played very well. This song is full of surprises (exquisitely crafted acoustic part) you might be waiting for.
The expectations were high and yet Be'lakor surely have exceeded them!!
Pros: Excellent musicianship, Great song structures
Cons: Songs are similar. It may be a deal breaker for some but i enjoy this album as a one single epic song.