ARTIST:

SEETHER

(SOUTH AFRICA)
TITLE:

POISON THE PARISH

(2017)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

/ GRUNGE
TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Groovy
"With "Poison The Parish" and its rough and heavy sound, Seether delivers one of its best albums."
NEWF (05.05.2017)  
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If there is one band that has never denied its influences, it is Seether. The band was born from grunge and its discography proves it. Its charismatic leader Shaun Morgan has never hidden it. Listening to Nirvana saved him from a troubled adolescence in a South Africa in full mutation and his career as a singer, guitarist and composer has never ceased to keep the legacy of Kurt Cobain and the grunge scene of the nineties.

However, the band's previous album, "Isolate And Medicate", was not unanimously acclaimed. The music of the trio incorporated pop sounds to very or too well produced tracks. But Seether is above all a pure and an unadorned rock band. Tired of having to make concessions and with a clear desire to return to the roots of a heavy rock that has always made its identity, Shaun Morgan has created his own label to record this seventh opus, "Poison The Parish".

And we have to admit that the album is the heaviest Seether has ever produced. The heavy and rough guitar riffs and a lead rhythm section support the raw and feeling voice of Shaun Morgan who has not lost any of his songwriting skills. The singer shouts his rage on perfectly mastered compositions, energetic but always melodic. If the grunge influences are always asserted ('Betray And Degrade', 'Something Else', 'I'll Survive', 'Count Me Out', 'Emotionless'), some titles like 'Stock The Fire' are clearly leaning towards the stoner when others ('Nothing Left') are metal firebrands strongly inspired by Tool.

This prestigious Toolian influence is paradoxically the only bad note to attribute to "Poison The Parish", which is otherwise free of reproach. Because in the case of the title 'Let You Down', it is not possible any more to speak about influence but definitely of borrowing even of plagiarism, the tribal riff of the piece being exactly identical to that of 'Stinkfist' of Tool.

In spite of that, the album easily takes the adhesion by its sincerity, its power, its density but also the emotion which emerges from the song of its leader, in particular on the two very beautiful acoustic ballads of the album, 'Against The Wall' and 'Sell My Soul'. Seether has not lost any of its early rage, quite the contrary. With this "Poison The Parish" with its raw and heavy sound, the band delivers its best album so far.


More informations on http://www.seether.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Stoke the Fire
02. Betray and Degrade
03. Something Else
04. I’ll Survive
05. Let You Down
06. Against the Wall
07. Let Me Heal
08. Saviours
09. Nothing Left
10. Count Me Out
11. Emotionless
12. Sell My Soul

LINEUP:
Dale Stewart: Chant / Basse
John Humphrey: Batterie
Shaun Morgan: Chant / Guitares
   
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