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“Sunless Days” by Beseech

Artist: Beseech
Title: “Sunless Days”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 9/25/2005
Genre: Gothic Metal/Rock
Rating: 8/10

As soon as I began listening to this CD I was convinced that I had found the exact sound that would come about should Type-O-Negative and Evanescence join forces. The band accomplishes this by using strengths that those bands possess and by having both female and male vocals singing in tandem throughout the record. Combined with the often slow and trudging riffs laden with atmospheric keyboards you will find that this works very well and the result across the record is a uniquely moody piece with some catchy songs. I admit that I found more musical similarity to Type-O’s opus “October Rust” than “Fallen” but I don’t want the referencing of these bands to take away from this fine and talented group. The sound of Beseech is very full and this becomes evident very early in your listen. When you discover that the group has seven members in the line up it makes a lot of sense regarding the “big” sound put out. This will have to be the largest group I have ever reviewed that was not symphonic in nature and that did not count classical instrumentation in its roster. On vocals the beautiful Lotta Hoglin brings her talents to the fore and she is continually complimented by Erik Molarin who delivers the male vocal prowess. It is his voice that truly brings the Gothic edge to the piece for it is resonant and deep and generally delivered with emphasis on every song. Keyboards are handled by Mikael Back and they’re all over the record but never over used to the point of saturation. Guitars are both Robert Vintervind and Manne Engstrom; Bass and Drums are Daniel Elofsson and Jonas Stromberg respectively. The band hails from Gothenburg Sweden and it was interesting to see this more Gothic-styled group coming from a land most known for its Power and Black Metal than anything along this vein. It is also great to see musicians not sticking to one particular formula or genre and instead choosing to expand the offerings to a wider range of listener.
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