Beseech - _Black Emotions_
(Pavement Music, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
How do you rate an album that can as easily get quite pleasant on one track as it can really get on your nerves on the next? Well, Beseech do just that with _Black Emotions_. The nice and soft acoustics of "Little Demonchild" or the somewhat doomy "Ghoststory" and "Neon Ocean" achieve most of the former, whilst the excessive goth-isms of questionable quality that pervade a significant part of the rest of the album achieve most of the latter -- I can certainly live without stuff like "Velvet Erotica" and its ilk. Besides the band's new-found goth influences causing changes to the overall style and use of electronic elements, the vocals also vary quite a bit. In addition to female vocals, the male vox range from a goth-like style to some sections that remind me of Tiamat and some of mid-era Paradise Lost. For those to whom a heavy dose of goth elements is especially welcome, _Black Emotions_ is likely to become catchy and enjoyable; for all others, however, this is a lot more likely to be a hit-miss affair, and in my case they are just about able to reach a positive rating.
(article published 10/25/2000)
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