Seether is a South African rock band from Pretoria, South Africa formed in 1999. They were signed to Wind-up Records until 2014, now they've jumped over to The Bicycle Music Company
after Bicycle bought most of Wind Up Records' catalogue and contracts. They started their career with the name of Saron Gas (taken from the back of a sound effects CD) and signed to Musketeer Records in South Africa. They changed their name in 2002 with their first major label debut, Disclaimer
, taking their new name from a Veruca Salt
song. The band embraces a brand of rock mostly associated with the Post-Grunge
style of alternative music, complete with crunchy distortion and brooding textures.
- Fragile (2000) (as Saron Gas)
- Disclaimer (2002)
- Disclaimer II (2004)
- Karma and Effect (2005)
- One Cold Night (2006)
- Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007)
- Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray (2011)
- Isolate and Medicate (2014)
- Poison the Parish (2017)
- Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (2020)
The music of Seether provides examples of:
- Alternative Metal: While not technically part of this genre, they have a few songs with a metal sound to them, including "Because of Me" and "Fur Cue". Even their cover of "Careless Whisper" has a few metal influences.
- Careful with That Axe: "Let Me Go" ends the song with Shaun Morgan screaming the title of the song a few times.
- He does this in *many* other songs, as well.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Many songs on Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces have this.
- Greatest Hits Album: Seether: 2002-2013.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally 6. However they do go down to about a 4, with "Broken" and even lower with a few other songs. Their heavier songs get up to a 7.
- Religion Rant Song: Subverted with "No Jesus Christ." Despite its provocative title, the song is actually about being annoyed with somebody for having a major God complex ("you're no Jesus Christ!").
- Shout-Out: They take their name from a Veruca Salt song, which they later covered as a bonus track for their greatest hits album.
- Take That: Most fans interpret "Fake It" as this towards Amy Lee. The band won't say for sure, but despite who it is based upon, this is the song's obvious intent.
- Precision F-Strike: "Fake It" has the line "You're such a FUCKING hypocrite!" closing the song.
Tropes found in music videos:
- Beauty Is Bad: "Gasoline". "Last night I saw that beauty queen, Watched her paint her face on I wanna be that magazine she bases her life on". Can also qualify as a Stalker with a Crush.
- Body Horror: The video for "Breakdown". You'll never look at a rubix cube the same way again...
- Circus of Fear: The setting for "Remedy".
- David Versus Goliath: Santa Claus versus Baby New Year in "Truth".
- Shout-Out/Homage: The music video for "Careless Whisper" pays homage to 80's Video Games (The Karate Kid, Pitfall!, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Ghostbusters) and films and TV shows (Teen Wolf, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Scarface (1983), The Greatest American Hero, California Raisins, Airwolf, The A-Team and Knight Rider), in Code Monkeys-style animation by mixing them with the modern day problems (Kim Jong-Il, Corrupt Corporate Executives, loggers, oil companies, The War on Terror, and flu vaccinations). During the video one band member punches a Corrupt Corporate Executive with the Unsound Effect of "WHAM!", and climbs up the building with George Michael (next to Kim Jong-Il), a shout-out to the original "Careless Whisper" Seether covered.