Seether
Karma And Effect


4.0
excellent

Review

by bentheREDfan USER (76 Reviews)
July 29th, 2016 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Come sit close to me.

Coming off the major success of their debut record, Seether didn’t need to reinvent the wheel to recapture the attention of old fans and steal some new ones along the way. They could’ve lazed their way through Karma And Effect and probably gotten away with it, but that’s not exactly what they did. In fact, they got darker, heavier, and are all the better for it on their sophomore release.

The animalistic howl and Drop C# tuned riff that open the album on the dark, bitter “Because Of Me” indicate the rest of the album fairly well. Gone is the Drop Eb/Drop D tuning used previously (Drop B is even used on the enjoyable “Given To Me”, the only time the band went lower than Drop C), the more laid back moments like “69 Tea” or “Driven Under”, in are ferocious, angst-driven alt-metal numbers. Shaun brings out his characteristic growl multiple times and just generally sounds more pissed off (if the cry of “I want to see you SUFFER” in “Because Of Me” combined with the cacophonous bridge doesn’t have you screaming along while moshing with living room furniture, I’m not sure what will). But the catchy choruses are still present, don’t be mistaken. “Remedy”, “Truth”, and “Burrito” all boast sing-along choruses over quiet/loud, sometimes heavy/sometimes not dynamics. The songwriting has also improved greatly, exemplified in the dual scream/sing bridge of “Simplest Mistake”, the Afrikaans-inspired “Interlude”, and acoustic ballad “Plastic Man”. Finally, the chemistry between the lead and rhythm guitar is quite nice and even at times intricate, and will only serve to hook the listener further into the record.

But for all these nice moments of improvement or simply enjoyable tracks, some of this comes off as bad Disclaimer B-sides, namely “I’m The One”. Though it tries to capture the bitterness and satire of classic “Gasoline”, it just feels too much like a ripoff and should’ve been left out with the rest of the filler. Lyrically, Seether drop some thought-provoking moments (verses of “Remedy”, “Diseased”, “Simplest Mistake”), as well as the earworm of “Remedy”, but nothing to really write home about. Personally, I love darker, more introspective lyrics, so I was quite pleased for the most part, but lyrics are fairly objective.

Seether did what they needed to for this album: they didn’t reinvent the wheel, but they did successfully make the jump from calmer post-grunge to roaring alternative metal. Those who enjoyed the better moments of Disclaimer will love this record, and it’s also a fantastic one for getting into this band.



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zakalwe
July 29th 2016


30373 Comments


I once saw a bloke who had eyes like this thing on the artwork. It was messed up, I still think about it now on occasion.


LotusFlower
July 29th 2016


12000 Comments


zak you saw one of those black eyed children of legend, you should be lucky youre even alive rn.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-eyed_children

Snake.
July 29th 2016


21911 Comments


is that pegasus from yu-gi-oh

AsleepInTheBack
July 29th 2016


6173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet review, you've convinced me to revisit this record. Pos'd

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2016


26533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I love this album and I was lucky enough to see them on the tour cycle to support it. As far as a live act, they are underrated. "Burrito" was my fucking jam.

Digging: Awenden - Golden Hour

TedSchmosby
July 30th 2016


778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely their best so far. Touches on some interesting stuff lyrically that they haven't done since and the lead guitar lines are solid

LotusFlower
July 30th 2016


12000 Comments


so r u guys saying i should actually listen to a seether album or...

theNateman
July 30th 2016


3805 Comments


If you absolutely had to listen to seether, this is their best album

AsleepInTheBack
July 30th 2016


6173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its not a bad listen if you're in the correct mindset to listen to it, as in you don't mind the music lacking any creativity and just being a middle of the road easy listening alt metal record

AsleepInTheBack
July 30th 2016


6173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ How to get banned 101

zakalwe
August 2nd 2016


30373 Comments


Yeah Clover, weird!!

The thing was though he was a fully grown man. Big, bald and dressed completley non descript. It was just his eyes that were unreal and made me feel totally uneasy. He had just stepped out of a public toilet in broad daylight so he was either Satan himself or a knob gnosher..

AsleepInTheBack
August 2nd 2016


6173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ haha thats fantastic

zakalwe
August 2nd 2016


30373 Comments


Believe me it was deeply unsettling. Happened nearly 20yrs ago and it does still cross my mind. I only glimpsed the fella but it's ingrained.

SoundofMadness1
March 6th 2017


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Because of Me goes so hard



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