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Be'lakor este cu adevarat o trupa aparte, ascunsa intr-un loc in care nu te-ai fi asteptat sa gasesti urmatoarea revelatie in materie de death metal de factura melodica. Si iata, o trupa cu o cariera de zece ani cu un palmares discografic de foarte mare efect, fiecare disc fiind considerat o capodopera a geunului.

Australienii raman puternic ancorati in muzica de calitate, iar in 2015 pregatesc un nou material discografic, ocazie cu care vor ajunge pentru prima data in Romania (si in Europa de Est) la Rockstadt Extreme Fest.

 

(English version below)

Voi fi sincer, dintre toate trupele care ar putea aduce o gura de aer proaspat intr-o nisa muzicala saturata, iata una tocmai din Australia. As vrea sa incepem cu o intrebare standard pentru ca e una din putinele interactiuni cu Romania si Europa de Est. Asadar, cum a luat nastere Be'lakor?

Multumim pentru cuvinte! Am inceput acum zece ani. Trei din trupa (George, John si Steve) erau deja prieteni din adolescenta si cantau impreuna. La acea vreme cantam punk, insa ne-am plictisit rapid si dupa ceva vreme ne-am revazut si am inceput sa cantam metal. George a fost intotdeauna fan al acestui gen muzical asa ca a devenit deschizator de drumuri. Shaun era vecin cu George, un chitarist excelent - asa ca totul a decurs natural.

Si din toate genurile, de ce tocmai partea melodica din death metal?

Suntem fani ai muzicii melodice - fie ca e vorba de metal, muzica celtica, rock clasic, chiar si pop sau trance. La inceput eram realmente obsedati de parti melodice, armonii, teme de genul. In mod evident, variantele mai heavy ar fi fost power metal sau melodic death metal. Asa ca ne-am oprit la death metal, intotdeauna ne-am bucurat de muzica Opeth, primele albume In Flames, etc. Compus si interpretat cum trebuie, acest gen muzical poate avea o incarcatura emotionala aparte.

Abordarea voastra muzicala e una speciala, nici nu tin minte ultima data cand am dat peste o trupa ce ignora anumite standarde 'din oficiu' ale genului. In materie de compozitie, exista o abordare aparte, exista anumite tipare pe care incercati sa le evitati sau e vorba pur si simplu de o progresie naturala?

As putea spune ca avem un echilibru intre progresie naturala si planul bine pus la punct. Multe idei pur si simplu se intampla, ori atunci cand compunem individual sau cand ne aflam impreuna in sala de repetitii. Totusi, suntem foarte atenti la ideile pe care le integram in muzica si ne asiguram ca fiecare piesa este interesanta, iar noile idei sunt puse in practica atunci cand acest lucru este posibil. Acest aspect al procesului devine si mai important atunci cand stabilim ideile finale ale unei piese.

Cu privire la influentele din afara scenei metal...numele Be'lakor provine defapt din universul Warhammer, desi nu cred ca exista influente in conceptul vostru liric.

Corect, a fost pur si simplu un cuvant ce ne-a parut interesant - nu are o semnificatie speciala. Muzica o compunem in asa fel incat sa spuna o poveste, asa ca ne putem inspira din orice. Suntem in special interesati de natura si universul psihic, de viata si moarte. Asa ca fiecare element ce poate oferi o introspectiva a acestor domenii - de la mitologie la cercetare stiintifica - ne poate influenta.

Chiar si asa, sunteti pasionati de gaming?

Shaun, George si John sunt interesati de gaming in general - fie ca e vorba de jocul PC sau board games - insa devine din ce in ce mai greu sa gasim timpul necesar pentru asa ceva.

Ce te-a determinat sa te apuci de muzica?

Fiind prieteni din copilarie si in general tineri energici, am cautat intotdeauna moduri prin care putem lucra impreuna la ceva creativ. Un proiect muzical a parut perfect pentru noi. Am compus cateva piese si de acolo a pornit totul.

Sunteti aproape de a finaliza inregistrarile pentru noul album. Cum decurge procesul? Ce concept exista in spatele noului disc?

Lucram din greu in ultimele luni, suntem aproape gata. Pana in acest moment suntem multumiti de rezultat. Exista un concept in spatele discului, insa e prea devreme pentru mai multe detalii.

Va continua aceeasi linie ca Of Breath and Bone?

Intr-o anumita masura, da. Este cu siguranta un album Be'lakor cu multe idei melodice, cateva piese pierdute, o atmosfera intunecata intersectata cu momente triumfale. Insa albumul are o abordare usor experimentala, avem riffuri ce nu suna a nimic din ce am compus in trecut.

Nu cred ca e un secret faptul ca Europa se poate dovedi o piata foarte puternica pentru muzica Be'lakor, asta daca ati concerta mai mult in zona. Insa presupun ca e vorba de o problema financiara, iar Australia nu e chiar langa Europa. Cat de dificile au fost precedentele experiente pe continentul nostru?

Principala noastra problema e timpul. Banii sunt desigur un factor important, insa odata ce ajungi in Europa, durata sederii ar putea sa nu altereze costurile turneului. Timpul nostru este insa unul limitat, avem multe angajamente in afara trupei. Insa concertele in Europa reprezinta o oportunitate de care ne bucuram pe deplin si ne consideram cu adevarat norocosi ca avem ocazia de a concerta la Rockstadt si la alte festuri europene in acest an.

N-ar fi timpul sa primiti oferte solide din partea agentiilor de booking?

Faptul ca suntem din Australia si nu avem prea mult timp pentru turnee, sunt factori ce limiteaza interesul din partea agentilor. Pentru ei nu cred ca ar fi o munca profitabila. Sigur ca suntem deschisi la orice colaborari, insa in acelasi timp vrem sa fim independenti - asa ca nu e o problema foarte mare pentru noi.

Trecand un pic prin viata voastra personala, aveti joburi destul de interesante, stiu ca aveti un coleg avocat. Cu ce va ocupati in viata de zi cu zi?

Fiecare din noi avem cariere epuizante, lucram in industrii diferite - de la serviciu civil pana la educatie sau inginerie. In plus, avem si angajamente fata de familie sau interese personale. Provocarea este sa ramanem coordonati si puternic implicati in Be'lakor.

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E pentru prima data cand ajungeti in Europa de Est, la Rockstadt Extreme Fest. Nu stiu daca cunoasteti detalii despre festival, insa zona e chiar in mijlocul unei paduri, castelul lui Dracula e aproape.

Pe vremuri eram captivat de personajul lui Bram Stoker (Dracula) si descrierea Carpatilor. Intotdeauna mi-am dorit sa vizitez Romania, cel mai departe am ajuns in Ungaria, eram in vacanta. Romania este un loc minunat si cu totii asteptam cu nerabdare sa traim aceasta experienta. In rest, politica dusa de Iohannis pare sa aduca schimbari in viitorul Romaniei.

Dupa atat de mult timp, abia asteptam sa ne intalnim prietenii din Romania. Ne vedem in curand!

 

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I'm gonna be honest here, out of all the bands that could bring a fresh breath of air in a saturated music scene, out comes Be'lakor all the way from Australia. So let's start with some standard stuff, it's actually one of the few interactions with Romania and Eastern Europe if i'm not wrong. Can you make a brief presentation of the band? How did you guys get started?

Thanks for the kind words! We got started nearly ten years ago now. Three of us (George, John and Steve) were friends as teenagers, playing music together for fun. It was actually punk music back then. But we got tired of that, and after a short break, we got together and started playing metal. George had always been a big metal fan and he introduced us to heavy music. Shaun happened to live really close to George, and he was a great guitarist – so it all happened quite naturally.

Out of all the music genres, why melodic death metal?

All of us are huge fans of melodic music – whether it is metal, celtic, classic rock, or even pop or trance. When we were starting out as a band we were pretty obsessed with huge melodies and harmonizing things. So, of course, the heavy versions of this would either have been power metal or melodic death. We chose the latter because we enjoyed the music of bands such as Opeth, early In Flames, etc. Melodic death metal, when done well, can convey a great deal of emotion and be very powerful music.

You know, your approach to this music is really something special, I can't remember the last time I had a smile on my face when I would listen to some songs and I would go like 'well, there you go, these guys are doing it different and it's awesome'. How do you approach music in terms of composition? Are there certain patterns that you try to avoid music-wise or is everything just a natural progression?

I would say that it’s equal parts natural progression and deliberate planning. A lot of what we do just happens, either when we’re writing music individually or when we are together at rehearsal. Some things just ‘feel right.’ However we are also careful to put a lot of thought into the music and to do our best to ensure that each song is interesting, and that new ideas are being tried wherever possible. This aspect of the process becomes more important when we are assembling and reviewing songs from collections of riffs that we may have gathered.

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I'm curious about influences for Be'lakor outside of the metal genre… also, the name itself comes out of the Warhammer game, although I don't think the lyrical concept for Be'lakor has anything to do with any related stuff.

That’s correct, it was a simply a word we thought looked and sounded interesting – it has no special significance. We like to tell stories with our music, so we can draw inspiration from anywhere really. We’re particularly interested in the natural world and physical universe, as well as life and death. So anything which seeks to provide an insight into these things - from mythology to scientific research - can influence us.
Regardless of this, are you into the gaming world?

Shaun, George and John are interested in all kinds of gaming – including computer and more complex board games - but it gets harder and harder to find the time!

What made you start a band, become a musician?
As friends and energetic young chaps, we were always looking for ways to work together on something creative. We all loved melodic music, so it seemed like an ideal project for us. We wrote a few songs and things took off from there.

Nowadays you're getting ready to finish recordings for the album. How's that coming along? What's the whole concept behind the new disc?

Yeah, it’s coming along well. We’ve been hard at work on the recording now for a couple of months, and it’s nearing completion. So far we’re really happy with how it’s sounding. The new album does have a concept behind it… but we will say more about that closer to its release!

Will it continue the same musical path as Of Breath and Bone?

In some ways, yes. It’s certainly still a Be’lakor album, with lots of melodic ideas, some long songs, and dark moods interspersed with more triumphant moments. But this album does have a slightly more experimental feel to it than our previous releases. There are some riffs that sound nothing like anything we’ve ever done before, which is really exciting for us.

You know, I don't think it's a secret to say that Europe would prove a very strong market for Be'lakor if you would tour more often here, but then again, everything evolves around money and Australia is not that close. How difficult were the previous experiences with Europe in terms of management, planning the whole thing?

For us, the main difficulty is usually time. Money is of course a big factor, but once you fly to Europe, the length of the stay may not alter the cost of the tour too much. Time, however, is limited for us because we have a lot of things that we do outside of the band. Our respective professional and personal lives mean that often we need to keep our tours short. Whenever we can get to Europe it is an opportunity we really enjoy, and we consider ourselves really lucky to have been invited to play at Rockstadt and some of the other festivals in Europe this year!

Isn't it about time you guys should receive solid interest from a solid management or booking agency?

Being from Australia, and having very limited time available for international tours, I think we would remain of limited interest to larger management and book agencies. There’s not too much work in it for them, unfortunately! We’re open to working with anyone, but we also quite like being independent – so it’s not a big deal for us.

Going a bit in your personal life, one of you is actually a lawyer, that's a pretty interesting relation with the metal scene. So, what do you do in your everyday lives?

We all have careers outside of music which keep us very busy. We’re currently each working in very different industries – from engineering to education and the civil service. Beyond that, we have the usual range of family commitments and personal interests. The challenge for us has been coordinating our schedules and remaining fully engaged with Be’lakor in our spare time. So far, so good!

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This year you're coming for the first time in Eastern Europe, at Rockstadt Extreme Fest. I don't know if you know anything about the festival, but it takes place right in the middle of the mountains, I mean the stage is literally surrounded by a forest, Dracula's Castle is right around the corner. What do you know about Romania in general?

When reading Dracula (many years ago, now) I remember being really captivated by Bram Stoker’s description of the Carpathian Mountains. Since then, I’ve always wanted to visit Romania – although the furthest I had been eastwards was a holiday to Hungary. It looks like a really beautiful part of the world, and we’re all very excited to be visiting! Otherwise, Romania’s recent politics have been interesting as there seems to be a change of direction under Iohannis.
Again, thank you so much for the interview. The last words are yours. See you in august!

After far too long, we’re very much looking forward to finally meeting our friends in Romania – see you guys soon!



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