HistoryThe band was formed in Melbourne in 2004. The Frail Tide demo was issued in 2007. Stone’s Reach came in 2009. Australian band Be'lakor signed a deal with Italy’s Kolony Records in late 2009 for the European release of its demo, Stone’s Reach.
Two of the members had sessioned for Rainshadow at shows. A character from a Games Workshop game inspired the band’s name. Be’lakor was selected to play at Germany's Summer Breeze Festival in August of 2010. The Australian band was looking to schedule additional European dates as well. Of Breath And Bone depicted Little Red Riding Hood on its cover. The band switched to Napalm Records next. Sansom joined in 2016.
BE’LAKOR - STONE’S REACH
A year and a half since the obscure debut The Frail Tide turned nobody’s ears around, Australia’s budding metal innovators Be’lakor return with Stone’s Reach, an album that would have been groundbreaking if its very own creators hadn’t ruined its potential. While certainly not a case of too many cooks spoiling the proverbial broth, Stone’s Reach suffers from the opposite malady. There’s just too much on this sonic stew that ruins the music’s grandiose intentions. Imagine dark, beautiful, lush, contemplative, heavy metal influenced by the Swedish melodic scene but with touches of epic shit and progressive arrangements. This is Be’lakor at their optimum. Unfortunately, instead of eight outstanding tracks everything is fucked by excessive running time (nothing here clocks in less than five minutes) and inane growly vocals. These guys were supposed to shape something breathtaking from a disparate blend of metal styles, resulting in songs that match the promise of the album’s intriguing cover. What happens is the expected fillet mignon comes out as doggy doo. For the listener’s sake, it’ll probably take a few hundred spins before you really start digging Stone’s Reach. - Michael Thrash