Album Review: Seether – "Isolate and Medicate"
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:57:47
"You're the one who needs the fucking intervention," sneers Seether frontman Shaun Morgan on "Same Damn Life" from the band's stunning new offering, Isolate and Medicate.
The line itself remains loaded with vitriol, but it's delivered with such a tuneful elegance. That's the real beauty of this group though. Morgan can tackle venomous subject matter with a real gorgeous and melodic vitality. It's also why they've managed to remain relevant and churn out hit after hit through the past decade. "Same Damn Life" belongs in the pantheon with their most recognized work such as "Country Song" and "Fake It". Yet, there's still a fresh spark.
"See You At The Bottom" melds towering guitars to John Humphrey's pounding drums and Dale Stewart's bruising bass as Morgan assures, "I will see you at the bottom" in an overpowering scream. "Words As Weapons" teeters between a hypnotic hum and swooning refrain. Then, there's "Crash", which sees the band tread ethereal territory like some kind of 21st century Pink Floyd with its warm and wild textures under Morgan's gruff delivery.
Everything builds towards the epic climax of "Save Today". It's an a propos closer in terms of its expanse, allowing for one last sweeping example of the band's songwriting prowess.
Ultimately, Seether deliver a poignant and powerful statement driven by songs that will stay stuck with you as they make you think.Isolate and Medicate stands out as modern rock at its finest and further proof of Seether's brilliance.
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