Sunless Days
(Napalm Records)
Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1
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Beseech has changed drastically since "From a Bleeding Heart", written almost a decade ago. Beginning mostly as a doomy project, and later turning towards goth, "Sunless Days" sees them taking a further step away from their gloomy roots. This is a very energetic album full of pop/goth metal tunes, forming a sort of mixture between Entwine and Type O Negative.

"Sunless Days" is an absolute mosaic of influences. Part of "Innerlane" forms a strange gothed-out version of Tool, and "A Bittersweet Tragedy" sounds remarkably similar to Lacuna Coil. Then there are the vocals. At times Lotta Höglin sings in a similar way to Anneke van Giersbergen of The Gathering, but on "Every Time I Die" I was absolutely convinced that Anneke made a guest appearance. Not only does she have the same range, sing in the same style, and hold out her notes in the same manner, but the soft whispering vocals in the background sound exactly like what you'd expect from The Gathering. Then Erik Molarin, who contributes the male vocals, has a voice that's a marriage of Johan Edlund (Tiamat) and Peter Steele from Type O.

Granted, their sound isn't completely original, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good album. Quite the opposite, actually; I love where they've taken their sound. This seven-piece has ripened considerably over the years, and the songs are much more memorable. The solid dual-guitarwork holds them most closely to their past works, though learning new tricks over the years. They typify the goth metal sound perfectly, and have the added benefit of two vocalists, who usually trade-off songs or passages, but occasionally harmonize or duet. Lotta has exceptional range, and can mimic many styles brilliantly. There's an assortment of different moods captured here, and each one is well-developed and enjoyable. The result is an album that will appeal to fans of goth and melodic metal alike. --
Lady Enslain