THE MURDER OF MY SWEET – Beth Out of Hell
Setting up a concept album from a trilogy of songs that concludes "Bye Bye Lullaby", the third album from Sweden’s The Murder of My Sweet is a gothic metal treasure trove of drama, dynamics, and flourishes of emotion to keep the listeners primed and ready throughout the 73 minute running time. Drummer/ keyboardist Daniel Flores, vocalist Angelica Rylin, guitarist Christopher Vetter and new bassist Patrik Janson with their third album "Beth Out of Hell" possibly create an equivalent to Meatloaf’s "Bat Out of Hell" recordings, just in the gothic/ cinematic metal sector.
You have echoing background refrains that reverberate through your eardrums in "Bitter Love", an almost 10 minute epic whirlwind symphonic number that pulsates in a darker, Evanescence meets horror manner for "Requiem for a Ghost", and modern strains of heaviness for "Heaven Succumb" where Angelica’s phenomenal soaring range takes center stage. The Murder of My Sweet have a strong sense of hooks and grooves that come from all directions – a children’s choir to accent parts of "The Awakening", whispering narration to carry portions of "Still" and "Euthanasia", or the duality of male/ female vocals that hammers home the 11 minute plus closer "Means to an End".
Those who seek quick hitting material may find "Beth Out of Hell" a challenge, because the record does require a decent amount of time to sink comfortably into your brain and body. Once it does however, it will probably become a frequent player and difficult to leave any preferred listening station. Years in the making and execution should pay long term dividends for The Murder of My Sweet – as the band develop a sound that is bold, melodic, and probably trend setting for their contemporaries.