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INTERVIEW: Australian melodic death metal band Be’lakor

Be’lakor are a popular band among the writers of this website. Fellow writer FlightofIcarus reviewed their latest album ‘Vessels’ and said the following “All in all, Be’lakor have seriously outperformed my expectations and left us with an album that is worth some extended time. My only concern is making sure people are aware that it is happening. So people: this is not a test. This IS happening. There is a new Be’lakor album, and it rocks. Hard. The album is out right now, so be sure to share the news with all of your metalhead goons.” Read the entire review here

I heard the album and had similar sentiments to him, more people needed to know about this album. I reached out to the band and asked them about ‘Vessels’ and more.

Be'lakor

Transceding Obscurity (Peter): You’ve recently released your 4th album, ‘Vessels. How does it feel?

Be’lakor: It feels very satisfying indeed. ‘Vessels’ certainly took a lot of time and effort for us, so it’s nice to be able to pause and enjoy the fact that it’s finally been released.

TO: ‘Vessels’ is a concept album. What is the story behind it?

Be’lakor: The album is essentially a story about how energy connects things together. Beginning with light from the sun, each song on the album follows this energy through various forms of life on earth—plant, insect, animal and man. They all have their own struggles and triumphs. When the energy becomes part of a human, it can reflect on itself and become aware of its place in the universe – which is both immense and at the same time utterly insignificant and fleeting. The album therefore tells a story about life’s fragility and also about its interconnectedness.

TO: It has been 4 years since your last album. What was the writing process for ‘Vessels’?

Be’lakor: It was very similar to our previous albums – our songwriting is generally a collaborative effort. It usually begins with one member coming up with an idea, a riff or a melody. This can either be with a traditional instrument (like the guitar), or using computer software (which Steve in particular likes to work with). We then work together to build upon the idea (for example, by changing the chords or introducing a harmony), and then integrate it into a song.

TO: What was the recording process for the album? How long did it take?

Be’lakor: We worked very closely with our producer, Julian Renzo of Legion Studio Productions, for over a year to record and produce the album. It was quite a painstaking process. We really wanted to explore some new sounds and textures, so we took our time to make sure it was right (at least to our ears!).

Be'lakor - Vessels

TO: ‘Vessels’ has been released by Napalm Records. How did you get signed to the label?

Be’lakor: The label had expressed some interest in our music, so it was simply a matter of making sure both sides were happy to proceed. They’ve been a fantastic label to work with, so we’re very pleased.

TO: Australia has a vibrant metal scene. Can you recommend bands that we should check out?

Be’lakor: In no particular order or sub-genre preference, we’d recommend Future Corpse, Arbrynth, Okera, The Seaford Monster, Portal, Ne Obliviscaris and King Parrot. There’s plenty more superb bands which we’ve missed, no doubt!

TO: What are your thoughts on the current state of death metal?

Be’lakor: To be honest, we’re not a band that’s particularly well attuned to the state of the wider genre, so it’s difficult for us to say with much confidence. It seems to be going very well!

TO: What are your interests/hobbies outside music? Are you’ll big sports fans?

Be’lakor: Each member has their own hobbies—some of us are sports fans (particularly of Australian rules football and cricket), but others prefer computer games.

TO: How was your tour of Australia? Do you have any more shows/tours planned for the rest of the year?

Be’lakor: We’ve just wrapped up our Australian tour, which went really well – but we’re all in need of a bit of a break as we rolled straight into the tour after well over a year of hard work on the album. After a short rest, we’re certainly keen to start exploring some tour options for the United States or Europe.

TO: Thanks for answering our questions. Do you have any final words?

Be’lakor: Thank you very much for the questions – we hope people are enjoying our new album!

Listen to the album closer ‘The Smoke of Many Fires’ below

Be’lakor website

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