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Released: 2004, Napalm Records
DRAMA is my first experience with Sweden’s Beseech, and indeed I had never even heard of them before, despite the fact that they’ve been together for over a decade and have already put out three full albums prior to this. The band was formed in 1992 in the town of Boras and they spent the next six years refining their sound before getting picked up by Metal Blade for their debut release in 1998. Since then the band has toured Europe with Lacuna Coil and Theater of Tragedy and put out two other albums.
It’s apt that the band has toured with the likes of Lacuna Coil because they are very similar in sound to the Italians. Gothic rock/metal is Beseech’s chosen stomping grounds and by now theses guys (and girl) are old pros at it. You can tell by listening to DRAMA that Beseech are experienced. The songs are put together perfectly and cover all of the expected bases of the gothic metal genre. However the music is far from being clinical or sterile, as, like Lacuna Coil, the band manage to infuse the songs with emotion, largely due to the fantastic vocals of Erik and Lotta.
The opening one-two punch of “Drama” and “Higher Level” kick ass with both being up-tempo rocks with extremely catchy riffs. From there the band expands into the meat of the album with more atmospheric songs like “Voices” and “Forever Falling” (do I detect a slight Cranberries influence here?!?) but quickly getting back to rocking out for the rest of the album (“Bitch” and “Addicted” are both awesome stompers) until the melancholic closer “Friend Emptiness”.
This is album is so addictive that I’ve been unable to get out of my CD player for a month now with no sign of that changing any time soon. This album is mandatory listening for all fans of gothic metal. Go and purchase.
7)Come On In
Erik Molarin: Vocals
Lotta Hoglin: Vocals
Robert Vintervind: Guitars
Daniel Elofsson: Bass
Mikael Back: Keyboards
Jonas Stromberg: Drums
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