Look At What I Missed! Be'lakor

Good evening, Abyss! In a momentary lapse of the good sense his mamma gave him, the dude who runs this site let me- someone barely able to string a coherent thought together on his best days- write an article for him. Bad move, Sir. Rest assured I'll do a rotten enough job that this will be both the first and last time that you'll ever have to hear from me. You're welcome in advance. So in the interest of full disclosure, while I hold myself out to be am a dyed-in-the-wool metal head, more "extreme" genres of metal like death, black, grind and skin flambe ( I may have made that up) are something of a new discovery for me. I spent the 90's listening to PBA (Pre-Black Album) Metallica, Pantera, KMFDM and, because they made me laugh, Gwar. As I've "matured," my musical pallet has matured with me. Fact: Man can not live on 'Master of Puppets' and 'Vulgar Display of Power' alone. A chance encounter with Gojira and their 2012, brain-meltingly brilliant record L'Enfant Sauvage opened a door for me that, to that point at least, I never had a desire to walk through. All of a sudden I wanted more, LOTS more, and quickly found out that I had hit the snooze button on 30 years of incredibly dynamic, dark and engaging music. So instead of wallowing in self-pity for time lost, I thought it'd be fun to share with you some of the records that I've discovered since my conversion. Hopefully they're new to some of you as well, otherwise the disappointment will be palpable. Given my proclivity for Symphonic and Progressive metal, it sorta makes sense that I was initially drawn to more melodic death metal, or Melodeath. The first band to really give me that warm, fuzzy, I want to rage/groove/ponder/create/destroy all at the same time feeling was Australia's favorite evil sons, Be'Lakor. Formed in 2004, Be'Lakor released their fourth album, Vessels, on good old Napalm Records last year. It was their sophomore release however, 2009's Stone's Reach, that became THEE go-to melodeath record for me for a long time. It's as dark as it is soothing and perhaps the perfect record for someone just dipping their toes into the world of death metal. Have a listen to 'Outlive The Hand' and let me know in the comments how badly you want to punch me in the face for this nonsensical ramble. Rage on! JPR


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