The return of Melbourne’s death metal heavyweights


Lyrics by Christine Tsimbis

Throughout their Australian tour, Be’lakor will offer the public their new album “Coherence”, and will also be joined by special guests Orpheus Omega and Andy Gillion.

” [We’re] excited. It’s been forever as tickets are selling relatively well partly because the fans haven’t seen us in six years in Australia so we’ve had a lot of people waiting and now we’re happy to go and do it,” Be’lakor keyboardist Steve Merry. “We would have been out of the blocks a little sooner but Covid slowed things down, we were careful about when to book the tour so it’s a lot of anticipation and we can’t wait to get back to it.

“Another strength of this tour is the two bands supporting us. Orpheus Omega has a good following and plays a lot of good shows. Andy Gillian is [playing] his very first gig set and he used to play in Mors Principium Est, so he’s a well-known figure and a lot of people talk about how he’s a really strong line-up.

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Be’lakor’s new album Coherence mostly follows the band’s melodic death metal sound and has undergone only small changes from their previous albums.

“Basically, our lyrics never refer to politics or religion, they don’t refer to us and our opinions, so in many ways they’re timeless,” Steve says. “If you take our lyrics 100 years from now, they won’t lose any meaning because they don’t refer to any current topic. They are more like poems; they talk about nature, mythology, philosophy, science, cosmology, things that are broad concepts.

Despite sticking to the original model of the music, there have been mixed opinions on Coherence of Be’lakor listeners regarding their sound.

“What’s strange is with this new album, it’s our fifth album, and now we’ve reached the point where people who like the band a lot wanted it to be like our last, but there’s only had small changes,” says Steve. .

“We heard both this time, we heard ‘Be’lakor hasn’t changed at all, and they’re doing the same’, and we heard ‘Be’lakor has changed too much’ and we don’t. have not I’m not sure which is true. It’s in the middle.

“There haven’t been any drastic changes – a lot of bands in our genre, the biggest change they can make is to introduce clean vocals, big anthemic choruses, long vocals, but we haven’t We’ve always been totally tough through our vocals and I think we’ll continue that way.

Be’lakor has always invested a lot of time and energy in compiling his albums, and Coherence is no exception, having taken the band five years to perfect.

“We’ve always been hard on ourselves and taken a long time to make albums,” says Steve. “This one in particular [Coherence] took five years, and there was a lot of rehashing, throwing songs, throwing riffs, starting over, restructuring, so we probably got even more demanding in that regard, compared to our first two albums where there wasn’t didn’t have that much.

“The basic ingredients haven’t changed much, we’ve probably added a lot more atmospheric stuff, soundscape stuff, some instruments that we didn’t use as much before have increased, like different kinds of guitars, different kinds of acoustic guitars The basics haven’t really changed much, it’s just that our process has become more rigorous over time.

Despite being a death metal band, Be’lakor listen to a variety of different bands, some of which include Metallica, AC/DC, Queen, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, as well as other completely different genres.

“We listen very broadly now, we listen to everything,” Steve says. “Metal is probably only 20% of what we listen to these days. John is very trance-like, I listen to a lot more atmospheric synth stuff, I even like Enya and stuff like that. triple j will occasionally introduce me to a new indie band, like Alt J, bands that aren’t metal at all but still do creative things. This is also where the ideas come from.

When asked how he would describe Be’lakor, Steve’s response was generally serious.

“I would say serious, I think other bands might think we’re too serious, but the music reflects that, we take a long time to do that,” he says. “[Also] melodic, the key is always the melody, if you don’t have a good melody, you don’t have a lot of it, so we always try to focus on the melody too.

“[Last one is] timeless, I like the idea of ​​timeless because it’s not relevant to a particular current event. I certainly don’t think we’re a timeless band, I just think the ideas we explore are timeless.

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