Feature: Top Ten Seether Songs
Mon, 05 May 2014 17:12:02
Few 21st century rock bands can pen a song like Seether. Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, and John Humphrey have crafted some of the most unique, undeniable, and unshakable music of the past two decades. Hits and platinum records abound in their catalog, and the reason is that they're that damn good.
So, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino assembled a list of the "Top Ten Seether Songs" in honor of the band releasing their sixth full-length studio album Isolate and Medicate on July 1, 2014.
Top Ten Seether Songs
The band's angriest moment also happens to be a brilliant study in dynamics. Haunting guitar tones and Morgan's brutally vivid lyrics push-and-pull before the song snaps into a screaming refrain. It shows that when Seether get heavy they can really bludgeon with the best of them.
"Someday I know I'll find my place, someday I'll sing my last refrain," Morgan poignantly croons on this pensive and poetic rumination. The melody pours out like an open wound colored crimson with real, tangible pain. It's moments like these that have solidified Seether's place in the hearts of countless fans worldwide and truly stand out in their catalog.
When Seether strip down "Gasoline" on One Cold Night, it burns just as brightly as the original—if not more so. Morgan's live delivery emanates raw emotion over the clattering six-string hum. You'll want to light this one up as you get the closest listen to the lyrics too, evincing just how cinematic of a writer the frontman is.
The opening guitar seamlessly teeters between heart wrenching and heartfelt as Morgan begins to paint a picture of falling apart. It's a gorgeous vignette of destruction that's as artful as it is alluring.
In Seether's deft hands, even the darkest subject matter can yield some of the most impactful and infectious songs. "Like Suicide" exemplifies this skill. The Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces opener instantly entrances before crashing into a downright unforgettable chorus. It's chilling just how catchy it is.
"Words As Weapons"
The first taste of 2014's Isolate & Medicate upholds all of the pillars of the group's sound that fans adore worldwide. At the same time, there's an airy melody and elegant lyricism that hints at marked evolution. It's deadly just how powerful "Words As Weapons" get especially on the crooned bridge."
The only thing "country" about this gem is the storytelling. At the end of the day, that's what these cats do better than anybody else on the modern rock scene. Oh, and they crank out those stories in huge, massive hooks like this one.
This one has an inimitable swing that's utterly fun as soon as it kicks in. It's no surprise this callout became a hit. The songcraft, drums, and bass remain tightly interwoven into a theatrical bruiser.
The first salvo of Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray explodes right out of the gate. It's angry artistic catharsis like only Seether can do.
This is the one that started it all for Seether. The lead off single from Disclaimer hinted at everything to come with its moody guitars and divinely infectious chorus. It also showed that Morgan's honesty augmented those hooks and made them timeless.
What's your favorite Seether song?