Seether: "The only pressure I felt was that I needed to exceed the expectations we laid down with the last album"

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Though inspired by the sounds of the ‘90s, the South African hard-rockers in Seether have delivered an album notably well-suited for 2020 in Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (translating from Latin to If You Want Peace, Prepare For War). 

As frontman Shaun Morgan agrees with palpable enthusiasm, the 50-minute monolith marks a major turning point for the band: it’s not only their sharpest and most meticulous effort to date – that much due to Morgan returning to the producer’s chair after cutting his teeth on 2017’s Poison The Parish – but it’s also their most authentic, Morgan tapping deep into his inner turmoil to brew an artistic statement as bleak as it is bold.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…