Australian metal band Be’lakor have been making a name for themselves since the mid-2000’s, each of their albums drawing critical acclaim and hefty praise from the metal community. This Friday, I fully expect that tradition to continue as the band releases their fourth album Vessels, their first since 2012’s Of Breath and Bone.
The band explains, “‘Vessels’ is the product of well over a year’s hard work – without doubt, it’s the album that has challenged us the most. It’s much richer and more textured than any of our other albums. There are parts which sound like the Be’lakor that fans know, while other sections might surprise some people. Our goal was to keep the music exciting and varied, for us as much as for anyone else. Vessels is also our first concept album, which has meant that lyrically we’ve really pushed ourselves this time around.”
Having heard the album many, many times, I can assure you that this is immaculate stuff. It’s melodic death metal that embraces dynamics and takes listeners on a stunning journey. It has absolutely no problem mixing furious distortion with crystalline acoustics, all while never failing to keep a sense of wonder and beauty hoevering throughout. For those who have been wanting music that takes you through a wave of emotions, look no further.
To give you a chance to experience this for yourself, we’ve teamed up with the band to bring you an exclusive first listen to the entire album, which you can stream below. I strongly urge everyone to give it a chance as it’s simply fantastic.