Seether
Poison The Parish


3.5
great

Review

by Nat S. USER (13 Reviews)
May 14th, 2017 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Seether knuckles down and produces their best album in ten years, against just about all the odds.

It would be easy to be cynical about Poison the Parish. Radio rock’s halcyon days are surely long gone, and Seether has never exactly been the best-received band in the scene, so their releasing a new album in 2017 almost feels like a joke on principle. However, when placed alongside previous Seether releases, especially those from this decade, this one actually holds up very well. Although their critics might accuse Seether of churning out the same album time and again, the South African trio has made (admittedly fairly small) steps in recent years to switch up their sound, and Poison the Parish sees this coming full circle. It’s the heaviest they’ve been since 2007’s Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, yes, but it also feels like the most intentional.

Don’t misunderstand: this is very much a typical Seether album. Whichever sonic traits come into your head when you think of Seether, they’re probably all here: uncomplicated guitar riffs and drum lines, alternately angry and sorrowful lyrics, hoarse vocals, sprawling ballads, and a healthy dose of Nirvana worship to boot. As such, if you’re not already won over by the band, then this album isn’t guaranteed to turn you into a believer. On top of that, there are some moments on Poison the Parish that recall Seether’s past more so than others – “I’ll Survive” comes off like a spiritual successor to “Fine Again”, and “Something Else” wouldn’t necessarily sound out of place on 2011’s Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray.

And yet, for all of the old ground this album might tread, it does a lot to maintain the listener’s interest. Perhaps Seether’s biggest challenge has always been taking their meat-and-potatoes rock sound and keeping it engaging over 40 minutes. Poison the Parish accomplishes this, for two key reasons: not only are the songs reasonably diverse (example: the heavily Tool-esque “Let You Down” placed next to the atmospheric alt-rock of “Against the Wall”), but even when things are at their most generic, the band sounds driven enough to make this less noticeable. Take the single “Nothing Left”, for instance: while it may not be anything we haven’t heard from Seether before, the band sounds as if they mean what they’re doing – there’s more fieriness to be found here than in much of their previous work. In a genre infamous for sounding tired and played-out, Shaun Morgan and co have done their best to keep the energy levels high, and it shows.

Maybe it’s too early to name Poison the Parish as Seether’s best work yet, partly because some of their earlier records have set the bar pretty high. But it has to be up there somewhere. With this record, Seether has delivered far more than anyone expected of them, and even if it takes a few years, I’m sure it will one day earn ‘classic’ status amongst their fans. If nothing else, Poison the Parish will be remembered as the album with which Seether brought themselves back up from the brink of irrelevancy, and proved there was still a surprising amount of life left in them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
May 14th 2017


13455 Comments


Nice review👌🏻

SweeneyTodd
May 14th 2017


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still haven't spun this, but everyone seems to be saying it's just Seether doing their thing, but with more conviction this time. So I'll probably enjoy this.

mete0ra
May 14th 2017


150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Pizza! Sweeney that statement is pretty accurate, if you like it when Seether 'does their thing' then I'm sure you'll dig this one.

SmashIsTheWay94
May 14th 2017


209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, I pos'd. I'll probably check this out tonight. I'm surprised at how well it's been received so far.

mete0ra
May 15th 2017


150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Smash, and yeah I think that out of all Seether's albums, this one's had the best reception on Sputnik at least.

CaptainDooRight
May 15th 2017


2165 Comments


these guys still making music?

CaptainDooRight
May 15th 2017


2165 Comments


listen to about 9 tracks

boring, weak riffs overall, generic song structions, not 'bad', but generic

RosaParks
May 15th 2017


425 Comments


is this real

mete0ra
May 15th 2017


150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In fairness Captain you have a point, this album doesn't exactly break the mould in terms of composition (and neither do any of Seether's other albums). What I feel gives it the edge is that the band sounds more passionate than they have in a long time. It's not that the music is entirely original, it's more that you can tell there's soul behind it.

AsleepInTheBack
May 15th 2017


3623 Comments


Great review. Always enjoyed a bit of Seether here and there, will probably give this a go

Ebola
May 15th 2017


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this actually good

EvoHavok
May 15th 2017


6877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you liked their earlier albums, yes, it's the best they've done in 10 years.

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PostMesmeric
May 15th 2017


682 Comments


Still mediocre, but better than I expected.

kingdedethefifth
May 15th 2017


2792 Comments


Sounds like a solid release. Love your review dude

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Toondude10
May 15th 2017


10989 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is their best album to date tbh

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SmashIsTheWay94
May 15th 2017


209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah that's karma and effect. This is probably second best though

Ebola
May 15th 2017


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

opener sounds like a Chevelle song

Ebola
May 15th 2017


2562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is honestly pretty damn good

SmashIsTheWay94
May 15th 2017


209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't think stoke the fire sounded like a chevelle song but let you down has a riff that sounds almost identical to take out the gunman

rodrigo90
May 15th 2017


1933 Comments


I remember when I downloaded disclaimer, karma and effect and finding beauty, but when I started reading sites like this I felt so ashamed and stopped listening them.



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