Keyword: Gothic Metal. Any associations with some bands? Probably TRISTANIA, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, SIRENIA, WITHIN TEMPTATION and perhaps even NIGHTWISH. It is doubtful that we find the name BESEECH in this genre’s premier league. It seems, as if Swedes’ material from 2004 didn’t change much in this question. The album titled “Drama” (sounds so gothic) consists of 8 compositions, which unfortunately are hard to classify as better than the average. All right, some of these tracks might seem nice, especially the opening title-track and the two following songs. Later though it is getting worse. What appears in the tracks is monotony, boredom and practically none of the songs has some melodies that stay in one’s mind. Well, unless it is a short period of time. There is actually much more remarkable stuff out there than this.
The thing that distinguishes the band against the above-mentioned ensembles is, among others, vocals. Lotta Höglin doesn’t try to become Gothic Metal’s new diva and applies the traditional singing technique. If you add to this these not so heavy guitars, compositions’ lightness and their simplicity, it might be said, that the album often sounds Pop-Rock and trite (there is moreover no place here for some orchestral arrangements, which are often present in Goth Metal). BESEECH’s blond singer is accompanied in her vocal efforts by Erik Molarin, whose manner of singing reminds immediately of Peter S. of TYPE O NEGATIVE. The latter one does it somewhat better though.
The band lacks originality and their songs catchiness, which is so characteristic of bands like WITHIN TEMPTATION. Apart from the first track, that for sure distinguishes itself in comparison to the rest, there are no hits here. In the genre represented by BESEECH it is difficult to come up with something new and fresh, thus the band should have tried to write more catchy compositions. One could at least have some fun during a dark gothic party. In this case though, you don’t feel like listening to this record again after having heard the last song.
(Online February 22, 2008)