SEETHER – POISON THE PARISH
Release: 12 May 2017
℗ 2017 Concord Music Group, Inc.
- Stoke the Fire
- Betray and Degrade
- Something Else
- I’ll Survive
- Let You Down
- Against the Wall
- Let Me Heal
- Nothing Left
- Count Me Out
- Sell My Soul
- Feels Like Dying
- Take a Minute
Well, we at Silver Tiger Media have thoroughly absorbed the new release from Seether pre-release over several weeks just to make absolutely certain that we are not in any way biased toward our South African buds and their awesome, phenomenal, magnificent, out of this world album in Poison The Parish.
Now that you can comfortably rest assured that we are in no way predisposed to a forgone conclusion, we can proceed with the balanced and forthright commentary. But in all sincerity, I make merry in jape to feign indifference and attempt to mask my enthusiasm for this phenomenal album. From the opening chords of Stoke The Fire, this collection just owns your body and soul, as if lured by the enchanted sermon of a frocked sorcerer. Ask the tortured shriek of the final note echo into eternity, the listener is powerless to pause the progress and Betray and Degrade lures you further into the collection. Two tracks in and the mouth hangs agape in bewilderment as you realise that this is Seether unrestrained and in full frolic amidst the throes of a masterpiece unveiled.
One cannot help but wonder what restraints have been shed to produce such a superb work of thorough brilliance. But that consideration is at odds with the truth that Seether are 15 years into their triumphant success and are, presumably, precisely where they intend to be.
Recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, Poison the Parish is the first Seether album produced wholly by Shaun Morgan. As the songwriter, it makes perfect sense that he would be at the creative helm from go to whoa, but coupled with the fact that this work is released on his own label takes the concept to a whole new level entirely. Canine Riot, along with obvious production prowess are entwined with some of the finest songwriting Shaun has mustered to the fore culminating in a work that is remarkably brilliant at very, very least.
Something Else, I’ll Survive, Let You Down and Against the Wall are utterly thrilling in their own right, but together are something so much more. To think that Seether is producing such a prodigious work at this point in their career, leave one wondering what could possibly be in store for the future. Is this their magnum opus or their blistering beginning of a whole new era of dominance and musical finery? Only time will tell but the most obvious consideration is that it is up to the band. They have carved out their very own destiny and the words of Count Me Out reverberate in my head while I type. Emotionless and Sell My Soul complete the collection superbly and honestly leaves you gasping for breath. The realisation that you have witnessed Seether at such a level of breathtaking brilliance is tremendously satisfying, but knowing they have taken absolute control of their destiny, direction and creative genius is a concept so exciting that I struggle for words.
This is it. This is the defining chapter for Seether. Twelve tracks of incredible importance musically and creatively. At very least, a whirlwind of sensational Seether fare at its unprecedented best and at the opposite polar extreme? The skies the limit as the band collectively stamp their authority upon the world of contemporary rock, in their own time, in their own way, with all the command of a reigning ruler and from the lofty heights of their stunning genius. Bravo Seether, just bravo.