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Beseech - Drama (7/10) - Sweden - 2003

Genre: Gothic Rock
Label: Napalm Records
Playing time: 40:12
Band homepage: Beseech

Tracklist:

  1. Drama
  2. Higher Level
  3. Voices
  4. Forever Falling
  5. Bitch
  6. Addicted
  7. Come On In
  8. Friend Emptiness
Beseech - Drama

These guys can't seem to get a break, but that's the business. The have been around for over ten years and have bounced from label to label making it hard for the fan to collect all of their works. "Drama" is probably an appropriate title for this band and it seems like the Gothic wave continues to be the order of the day thanks to bands like TOT, EVENESCENCE and LACUNA COIL making it a commercial success and acceptable during the second wave of the movement.

 

The title track opens up with some enchanting atmospheric vibes. It's melancholy, but has a beat complete with dreary keyboard work. Erik's vocals are actually soothing and sound a bit like Johan from TIAMAT. Lotta Hoglin sings in the background, but it's more like chants which gives it that haunting feel without being overly creepy or over the top. I found myself actually enjoying this track despite that I can't really handle this movement anymore. Lotta steps up to plate here with her voice that mirrors Anneke from THE GATHERING on "Higher Level." It's pretty scary. The guitar riffs prove to be catchy, yet heavy and hard driven. The dramatic vocals of Eric chime in sounding like Fernando of MOONSPELL. Here's another track that proves to be quite good. The beat still exists on "Voices", but it drags because it's too slow for my taste even though the riffs manage to be in your face and have a lot of power behind them.

 

The ballad on "Forever Falling" proves to be beautiful and sincere. It may be slow, but there is enough going on here that is actually romantic is some dark way. The acoustic guitars only help make this track stand out and it's smooth without being overbearing. "Bitch" is definitely in your face, but never going over the top and being annoying. It also has a danceable beat that will find yourself on the dance floor at a Goth club. I really wanted to hate this disc since I am not into this genre, but damn, these tracks are captivating and I couldn't wait to hear the next track.

 

The one thing that I really liked about this band and CD is that even though there is a male and female singer on here, they both sing clear. It's not the beauty and the beast formula where Lotta sings clean and Erik goes for the cookie monster thing. This was a surprise hit in my eyes and if you like the current roster of Goth bands that are dominating radio, then there is no reason why you can't put this in your collection. (Online November 12, 2004)

Joe Florez



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