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Below is our complete Be'lakor news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Pit Stories: The Harry Potter Scar

If you were hoping for the follow-up to last week's Vow Of Thorns pit story about a crazy show in Orlando, sadly I've got to let you down: Panzerfaust hasn't sent me the other half of the tale yet!

We've got something just as good though, as Australian group Be'lakor has got in touch to share a tale from the pit in which an overzealous fan getting injured in the pit led to a very happy ending indeed:

Many years ago, we were playing a lot of local shows in Melbourne and routinely had quite a few regulars show up. One of these guys would really get into it—head banging, shouting and, as is tradition in Australia, heckling the band. On one occasion, he was moshing with such reckless abandon that he struck his forehead on the fold back monitor. He split the skin open pretty deeply, there was a lot of blood and it left a Harry Potter scar on him. This didn’t slow him down one bit though. Fast forward to 2016 and this guy – Elliott – has now joined Be’lakor as our new drummer. He’s a wizard behind the kit!

Be’lakor os a progressive/melodic death metal band from Melbourne that will release fourth album, "Vessels," worldwide through Napalm Records on June 24th. The full album has also come online for advance streaming and can be heard right here. More...

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Be'lakor Streams Full New Album

The upcoming Be'lakor album "Vessels" will be released this coming June 24th via Napalm Records. With only three days to go until detonation, today an advance stream of the full album has come online and can be heard below.

Be'lakor comments: "Without doubt, this album is the one we've poured ourselves into the most. It's a special feeling to let it loose after so long!"

1. Luma
2. An Ember's Arc
3. Withering Strands
4. Roots to Sever
5. Whelm
6. A Thread Dissolves
7. Grasping Light
8. The Smoke Of Many Fires More...

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Be'lakor Streaming "Roots To Sever"

Time for some new Be'lakor tunes: today the band releases a brand new track off upcoming album "Vessels," which will be released June 24th via Napalm Records.

Check out the new song "Roots To Sever" below. Pre-orders for "Vessels" are available right here and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Luma
2. An Ember's Arc
3. Withering Strands
4. Roots to Sever
5. Whelm
6. A Thread Dissolves
7. Grasping Light
8. The Smoke Of Many Fires More...

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Be'Lakor Streaming New Track "An Ember's Arc"

Australian melodic black/death metal act Be'lakor is streaming the new track "An Ember's Arc." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Vessels," which drops on June 24th via Napalm Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Luma
2. An Ember's Arc
3. Withering Strands
4. Roots to Sever
5. Whelm
6. A Thread Dissolves
7. Grasping Light
8. The Smoke Of Many Fires

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Be'lakor Releases "Vessels" Teaser Clip

Australian melodic black/death metal act Be'lakor released a teaser clip for the upcoming new release "Vessels." The album will drops on June 24th via Napalm Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Luma
2. An Ember´s Arc
3. Withering Strands
4. Roots to Sever
5. Whelm
6. A Thread Dissolves
7. Grasping Light
8. The Smoke Of Many Fires

Check out the teaser clip here: More...

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Be'lakor Reveals New Album Details

If your eyes considerably lighten up when somebody casually mentions the name Be'lakor, you're either a part of the Warhammer fantasy cult or an absolute connoisseur of Australian melodic death metal!

Something for the nerds in both cases, one might be quick to assume, but the sophisticated tunes of this Melbourne five-piece definitely have the potential to enthrall masses with upcoming masterpiece "Vessels." The album will drop on June 24th, 2016.

Be'lakor also had this to say: "'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. We hope our fans will enjoy it as much as we do!" More...

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Be'lakor Signs With Napalm Records

Hailing from down under comes the newest signing to Napalm Records: please welcome Australia's melodic / progressive death metal five piece Be'lakor. The band commens:

"We're extremely pleased to be signing with Napalm Records. Working with such a well-respected label represents the start of the next chapter for us. We really feel that Napalm is on board with Be'lakor's vision, and that they share our excitement for the music we're making. This signing will also mean that we can get our music out to more of our fans and play more shows beyond Australia's shores. 2016 promises to be a big year for the band, and we can't wait to release our fourth album with Napalm."

Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench also adds: "Napalm Records is absolutely honored to announce the signing of Melbourne's one and only Be'lakor. For many years we have been listening to the albums 'The Frail Tide,' 'Stone's Reach' & the masterpiece 'Of Breath and Bone' in amazement and in full discussion on who we like best; Be'lakor, Insomnium or Omnium Gatherum! Be'lakor! Welcome to the Napalm Family!"

The band consists of:

George Kosmas - Guitar / Vocals
Shaun Sykes - Lead Guitar
John Richardson - Bass
Steve Merry - Piano / Keyboard
Elliott Sansom - Drums More...

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Be'lakor Parts With Drummer

Be'lakor just issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's 11 year-long drummer:

"We would like to let you guys know that after over a decade together, the band and Jimmy are amicably parting ways. Jimmy first joined Be’lakor in late 2004, and did a sterling job drumming on our first three albums.

"Jim also played with us on two European tours and many shows around Australia. Some great times were had, with many good memories. We remain good friends with Jim and can’t wait to see what his next musical projects might hold." More...

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Be'lakor Guitarist To Sit Out Upcoming Shows

Be'lakor has revealed that guitarist Shaun Sykes will be sitting out upcoming tour dates throughout the rest of 2015 for medical reasons. Shaun comments:

“To the fans,

"Over the past 12 months I have been battling with a medical condition that will render me unable to play on the upcoming European tour. This has been a very difficult decision to make, and no one is more disappointed than I am to be missing these upcoming shows in Europe. Matt Dodds (guitarist from one of my favourite bands, Arbrynth) will be filling in for me during my absence, and will no doubt do a stellar job.

"My number one focus at this point in time is to complete the album and recover to a point where I can return to my regular duties in the band. Despite my setbacks, everything is going well in my recovery and I expect to be back soon. I want you all to know I am fully committed to getting back out there and playing shows for you guys.

"My sincerest apologies to you all."

Be'lakor also adds: "Despite this, preparations for the upcoming shows are going really well - after an extended period finalising our new music away from the stage, we can't wait to play live again. Cheers, and see you on the road soon!"

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Rockstadt Extreme Fest Lineup Announced

If you are planning your Summer vacation and are looking for a place where your favourite bands might have a show, where the beer is outrageously cheap, and the landscape is awesome, you might want to try the lands of Transylvania.

We’re talking about a particular place from this region: Rasnov city, placed in the heart of Romania, near the legendary Castle of Dracula.

Here, an international extreme metal festival is to be held August 12th – 15th 2015: the Rockstadt Extreme Fest. The full ineup includes 45 bands with names such as Moonspell, At The Gates, Marduk, Combichrist, Ensiferum, Kataklysm, Carnifex, Taake, Cattle Decapitation, White Walls, Krisiun, Be'lakor, Suicidal Angels, and many more confirmed.

Besides good music, you’ll be able to enjoy urban sports in a special area inside the festival site, see movies in the dedicated outdoor cinema (set-up in collaboration with the Dracula Film Fest), and more. For further details, head over to this location. More...

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Be'lakor Recording New Album

Australian outfit Be'lakor is currently working on the follow-up to 2012's "Of Breath and Bone." The band has checked in from the studio with the following update:

"Fourth album recording is upon us! After nearly three years of writing and refining, we begin tracking today. If you're on Instagram, follow us there! What better way to see studio updates, photos of gluten-free organic quinoa, and Steve brewing his artisan tea? Infernal hailz." More...

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Be'lakor Streaming "Of Breath And Bone"

Following its European release in late 2012 via Kolony Records, this week the third full-length from Australian melodic death metal act Be'lakor sees official stateside liberation through Kolony’s new North American distribution via eOne Entertainment.

To celebrate its stateside release, today This Is Not A Scene is hosting a stream of the massive "Of Breath And Bone" in its entirety. Check it out here or in the player below.

New live ventures for Be'lakor are coming together to take place sporadically throughout the remainder of 2013 in support of the new album. Stay tuned for new updates. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Of Breath And Bone takes the talents of young but motivated and exceptionally talented Melbourne, Victoria-based quintet Be'lakor to entirely new levels since previous releases. Following the band’s self-released 2007 debut The Frail Tide, Italian label Kolony Records brought the crew into the label’s family for the release of their follow-up, in the form of 2009’s Stone’s Reach album. Stone’s Reach led the band to perform at massive international festivals including Summer Breeze, in addition to European tours and solo international appearances across the continent.

"Having refined their talents even further, the band’s superb third album Of Breath And Bone further exemplifies Be'lakor’s superior metal prowess. Boasting nearly an hour of prime, harmonious death metal, Of Breath And Bone proves why the band is considered the leading melodic death metal band in all of Australia, mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street studios (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth)." More...

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Be'lakor Album Seeing North American Release

Italian metal label Kolony Records has inked a brand new distribution deal for all of North America through DisManic via eOne Distribution. Having continually expanded to reach more and more European fans and stores since the label’s 2008 formation, with this new distro deal Kolony now aims to get their quality metal releases into the hands of more North American extreme music fans, beginning late this spring with the latest release from Be'lakor.

"Of Breath And Bone" was successfully released by Kolony records across Europe in mid 2012, and is now set to become available to North American fans on June 4th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Considered the leading melodic death metal band in all of Australia, despite the young age of its members, the success of Be'lakor’s previous 'Stone’s Reach' album led the band to perform at massive international festivals including Summer Breeze, in addition to European tours and solo international appearances across the continent. More...

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The Foreshadowing Added To Summer Breeze Lineup

The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:

"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!

"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"

The festival is set to take place from August 16th - 18th, will full details available at this location. The currently announced bill is as follows: More...

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Be'lakor Streaming Entire New Album

Australia's Be'lakor has posted the entire new "Of Breath and Bone" album online for streaming, which can be heard in the playlist below or by heading over to the band's YouTube page here. Be'lakor commented:

"On the eve of the launch of ‘Of Breath and Bone’, we have decided to make the whole album available on YouTube for your listening pleasure. Be sure to subscribe to our channel and share with your friends! The album officially launches tomorrow and will be available for purchase digitally and physically – stay tuned."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Abeyance
2. Remnants
3. Fraught
4. Absit Omen
5. To Stir the Sea
6. In Parting
7. The Dream and the Waking
8. By Moon and Star More...

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Be'lakor Posts New Track

After previously posting the song "Remnants" online, Be'lakor has now uploaded another new track titled "Absit Omen." Check out the song in the player below, and the band also commented:

"Very happy to announce that the second song from 'Of Breath and Bone,' 'Absit Omen,' is now available to listen to on Youtube, with pre-orders also available.

"By heading to this location you can place your pre-order for either the standard jewel case version of the album or the special edition digipack. Each digipack will be individually numbered and signed by the band, and will also come with two Be'lakor guitar picks and a sticker with the album art.

"For those who would be interested in getting the very first copy of the 200 digipacks (clearly marked as 1 of 200), bids can be placed at eBay. If you have already purchased the digipack but would like to bid for copy number 1, we will gladly refund your initial digipack purchase if your bid is successful). Thanks for the great support, and we hope you enjoy the new music!" More...

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Be'lakor Streaming New Track

Be'lakor has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Remnants," which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:

"After three years, we are very pleased to be able to make our first new song from 'Of Breath and Bone' available! This is track two, entitled 'Remnants'. Please share this video with your friends. Pre-orders will be available from 8 May 2012 at our website and Kolony Records. We hope you enjoy it."

The track listing for "Of Breath and Bone" is as follows:

1. Abeyance
2. Remnants
3. Fraught
4. Absit Omen
5. To Stir the Sea
6. In Parting
7. The Dream and the Waking
8. By Moon and Star More...

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Be'lakor Unveils Album Artwork & Track Listing

Australian melodic death metal band Be'lakor announced that it's third LP will be entitled "Of Breath and Bone" and will be released on June 4, 2012 through Prime Cuts Music. The album's artwork and track listing can be seen below.

The track listing for "Of Breath and Bone" is as follows:

1. Abeyance
2. Remnants
3. Fraught
4. Absit Omen
5. To Stir the Sea
6. In Parting
7. The Dream and the Waking
8. By Moon and Star More...

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Be'lakor Posts Recording Footage

Be'lakor's third album is due out this coming April/May 2012, and the band has now posted another brief recording clip online, which can be viewed below. Be'lakor commented on the footage:

"Recording update and another short song preview! This time, from one of the recent keyboard recording sessions at Penny Drop Audio in Melbourne (complete with bare feet at the end, which is no doubt the key to a good take ;) All album tracking is now complete. It's been a long and challenging process, as always, but we think the results will be worth it."

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Be'lakor Issues Album Update

Be'lakor has posted a video clip of Shaun Sykes recording some lead guitars for the band's forthcoming third album, due out April/May 2012. The clip is available below, and the band commented:

"Hey everyone. We'll be putting up a new video from our recording sessions in a day or so (keyboard recording), but just in case you missed our most recent one, here's a short clip of Shaun recording lead guitars. We're so close to being finished now - getting ready to start the mixing / mastering process with Jens Bogren soon." More...

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