"Drama" (Napalm Records; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I'd read on numerous websites about Beseech being a solid band performing in the symphonic goth metal genre. Having gotten their start in 1992, but waiting until 1998 to release their debut, Beseech have now released their fourth album "Drama" in 2004.

Beseech are from Sweden although one might be tempted to think they are from Italy given that particular county's ability to churn out bands in this particular style. The majority of Beseech's songs are mid-paced, mellow numbers that really allow the band's emotional style to shine through. Melody is also an important and critical part of the band's sound. "Drama" utilizes the melodies to fashion extremely catchy songs that sound great even upon the first spin.

The credits say that programming has been included on the album's songs and these electronica influences are subtle and must be actively searched out. Regardless, the electronica elements complement, rather than dominate, the band's material. Even the keyboards are subtle at most turns, except of course when the keys are the focal point of the melodies.

"Drama" would be a good choice for fans of Lacuna Coil that are looking to broaden their collections with bands of a similar style. Doomy, gothic touches similar to Type O Negative, Tiamat, and Paradise Lost can be heard as well.

Beseech: Erik Molarin on vocals and guitar, Robert Spanglund on lead guitars and programming, Klas Bohlin on rhythm guitar, Mikael Black on keyboards, Lotta Hogin on soprano vocals, Daniel Elofsson on bass, and Jonas Stromberg on drums and percussion.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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