Seether Full Article

The South Africa Alternative Metal/Post-grunge band was originally formed in the name of Saron Gas in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999. The band released an independent album ‘Fragile’ under the name of Saron Gas. The original band members were: Shaun Morgan (Lead vocal, rhythm guitar and lead guitar); Dale Stewart (Bass, acoustic guitar and back vocal); Johan Greyling (Lead guitar) and Tyronne Morris (Drums and backing vocals).

In 2002 the band changed their name from Saron Gas to Seether. The band was signed up to Musketeer and Wind-up labels. Their debut album ‘Disclaimer’ was released in 2002, spawning three singles off the album: ‘Fine Days’ which managed to gain interest; ‘Driven Under’ and ‘Gasoline’. One of their songs ‘Fine Again’ is used in the video games Madden NFL 2003 and 1080 Avalanche. The band’s acoustic ballad ‘Broken’ and a new song ‘Sold Me’ were both used in the soundtrack of the film ‘Punisher’ released in 2004 and the songs became a major success for the band in the UK, USA and Australia. In late 2004 the band released a remixed and re-recorded version of their first album featuring eight extra tracks, titled ‘Disclaimer II’, as their second studio album.

The band’s third studio album ‘Karma and Effect’ was released in 2005, it debuted at # 8 on the USA Billboard 200 chart and was RIAA certified Gold in the USA and Canada. Three singles were released off the album ‘Remedy’ peaked at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Charts (their first #1 Hit), ‘Truth’ and ‘The Gift’.

In February 2006 Seether released an Acoustic CD/DVD ‘One Cold Night’. Patrick Callahan left the band in June 2006 and almost simultaneously Shawn Morgan entered rehabilitation program for alcoholism which forced the band to cancel their planned tours.

Their fourth studio album ‘Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces’ was due for release in August 2007, but was delayed due to the death by suicide by Eugene Welgemoed, Shaun Morgan’s brother. The album debuted at #9 on the USA Billboard 200 chart. ‘Finding Beauty in Negative Places’ won the band their first South African Music Award in the category Best Rock: English, as well as their first MTV Africa Music Award for Best Alternative Artist. The first single released off the album titled ‘Fake It’ reached #1 on the US Mainstream Rock Charts and Modern Rock Charts, holding its place for 9 weeks on both charts. The song was also to become the theme for WWE’s No Way Out (2008). A song written in remembrance of Eugene Welgemoed, ‘Rise Above This’ was released as a single peaking at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and #2 on the US Mainstream Rock Charts. The third and final single ‘Breakdown’ off the album was released and its video was released in November 2008. Troy McLawhorn (Lead guitar, backing vocals)

The song ‘No Shelter’ appeared on the NCIS Official TV Soundtrack and was released as a single in February 2009.

A new song was debuted in September 2010 titles ‘No Resolution’. In March 2011 the band released the new album’s first single ‘Country Song’ in the USA, and it was released in April in the UK. The fifth studio album released by Seether: ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray’ in May 2011, peaked at #2 on the USA Billboard 200 chart. The album also peaked at #1 on the US Rock Albums chart, the US Alternative Albums chart and the US Hard Rock Album chart. Seether was named as the No.1 Active Rock Artist and the No.1 Heritage Rock Artist of 2011. Shaun Morgan (Lead vocal, lead guitar and rhythm guitar) re-joined the band in 2011.

An EP of the remix of the album titled ‘Remix EP’ was released in February 2012. Troy McLawhorn left the band in March 2012.

The band’s compilation album ‘Seether: 2002 – 2013’ was released in October 2013 as a 2 disc album, featuring their best hits.

The sixth studio album ‘Isolate and Medicate’ was released in July 2014. The first single ‘Words as Weapons’ off the new album was released in May 2014.

Seether’s genres are: Hard Rock; Post-grunge; Heavy Metal and Alternative Metal.

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