Seether
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4.0
excellent

Review

by shrapnel USER (3 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2010 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I guess it took a while for grunge to reach South Africa

Seether is:
Shaun Morgan: vocals, guitar
Dale Stewart: bass, backing vocals
Nick Oshiro: drums


Originally named Saron Gas, this band changed their name to Seether when they released this, their second album and major label debut. After achieving some success with their first album Fragile which was only released in South Africa, they caught the attention of Wind-Up Records who signed them but asked them to change their name Saron Gas which could be interpreted as sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent. They changed their name to “Seether” after the Veruca Salt song.

With their melodic but (somewhat) heavy sound, it is heavily influenced by another trio: Nirvana. The Nirvana/grunge influence is evident mainly in the first half with emotional tracks like Fine Again with it’s simple yet beautiful guitar arrangements, much like most of Nirvana’s songs, it is built around three or four guitar notes that are able to convey the emotions of the track. Shaun’s vocals don’t carry the power of Kurt Cobain’s but they are just as heartfelt and you can feel the emotion in his voice.

The tracks are depressing yet aggressive, with the mood lightening up as the album progresses, the first half contains the best tracks and there is a nostalgic vibe that takes you back to the glory days of grunge. The second half is a little catchier and more along the lines of bands like Staind. The album closes with Broken a track that was re-recorded with Shaun’s one-time girlfriend and Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee. The original version (the one on this album) is much better and its driven beautifully by an acoustic guitar and Shaun’s soul-bearing vocals.

When Seether falters it’s on tracks like Fxxk It, where the overly aggressive sound is just not convincing. Seether is at their best with the slower, more emotional tracks like the excellent Driven Under with it’s slow, subtle guitar and Shaun’s tortured vocals.

Straddling genres like grunge and hard rock, Seether may not have created anything new but Disclaimer is a very good although somewhat inconsistent album. The emotions displayed on some of these tracks mainly the superb Fine Again are truly touching and it conveys emotion through the guitar and the vocals, it is definitely the highlight of the album. An excellent debut (as Seether at least) that they have yet to improve upon.


Best songs: Fine Again, Driven Under, Broken


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shrapnel
May 2nd 2010


735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review so any comments, critcisms or corrections are welcome.



also how do I bold or italicize?

shrapnel
May 2nd 2010


735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I have a soft spot for this album mainly cause of "Fine Again" that's why I rated it so high and thx for that info Maniac



SowingSeason
Moderator
May 2nd 2010


32859 Comments


IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHINGS THE SAME NOW

Digging: Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Romulus
May 2nd 2010


8569 Comments


Driven Under is such a guilty pleasure but nothing else this band did appealed to me. Good first review though.

AnotherBrick
May 2nd 2010


9802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking love this album

AnotherBrick
May 2nd 2010


9802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking love this album

EVedder27
May 2nd 2010


6088 Comments


Review is pretty solid, especially for a first, but there are some gramatical and flow issues I'll point out.

The tracks are depressing yet aggressive with the mood lightening up as the album progresses, the first half contains the best tracks and there is a nostalgic vibe that takes you back to the glory days of grunge.

This reads a bit sloppy and could use a comma after aggressive.


When Seether falters it’s on tracks like Fxxk It where the overly aggressive sound is just not convincing, Seether is at their best with the slower, more emotional tracks like the Excellent Driven Under with it’s slow, subtle guitar and Shaun’s tortured vocals.


This would probably work better as two sentences, and could use a comma after Fxxk It. Also one sentence is not enough to have a separate paragraph for, so either add a few sentences or combine paragraphs.

Let me know if you have any other questions.




Eclectic
May 2nd 2010


3302 Comments


This is a pretty sweet album, good review too.
Mind you, most of these songs are better live, "One Cold Night" is easily one of my favourite live albums.

She's got nothing to say
She's got bills to pay
She's got no one to hate
Except for me!


tiesthatbind
May 3rd 2010


7441 Comments


This album's pretty decent, although I think Karma and Effect is better. Fine Again is a great song. Good review.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2010


26232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love this album

Digging: Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q.

AtavanHalen
May 3rd 2010


17920 Comments


Always had a thing for this band and have never really been able to explain it.

Fine Again is fantastic.

Brylawski
May 3rd 2010


709 Comments


You seem to have a thing for bad music in general

AtavanHalen
May 3rd 2010


17920 Comments


Who the FUCK are you?

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2010


26232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

some dude that will probably be gone by next week

Eclectic
May 3rd 2010


3302 Comments


I love the film clip for Fine Again as well, thinking about it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li2PVKMZCo4
As far as I can gather the signs are supposed to be the person's biggest fault

AtavanHalen
May 3rd 2010


17920 Comments


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"Dude...who the hell ARE you?"

Brylawski
May 3rd 2010


709 Comments


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"Dude your taste in music fucking sucks hahahahahah"

AtavanHalen
May 3rd 2010


17920 Comments


[IMG]http://typeballa.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/dane-cook1.jpg[/IMG]

"From one unfunny comedian to another, please cease with the whole existing thing."

shrapnel
May 4th 2010


735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanx for pointing those things out EVedder I appreciate it



"From one unfunny comedian to another"

very true

somberlain
May 4th 2010


2123 Comments


not a huge fan of this album but 'Fine Again' is great



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