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Seether – Isolate and Meditate

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It is amazing to realise that Seether have been around for 15 years now and their sound has not really changed all that much over the years. While other bands make quite noticeable changes over the course of albums – Seether still continue to belt out their own style of gritty post grunge.

After the slating that Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray received in 2011 you might think that the band would finally think it was time for a change in direction with the release of Isolate and Meditate – not a bit of it!

See You At the Bottom – It had great harmony in the beginning with a dark undertone. Though the words didn’t appeal as much, but the chorus redeemed itself and ended up being decent.

Same Damn Life – Kind of a head-bobbing song. At one point in the song, Morgan goes up high pitched which to me didn’t quite work with the song. Although the guitar solo had good riffs.

Words As Weapons – The singer’s voice definitely worked with the words, and the way the music sounded. Especially when it gets to the chorus and he starts “oohing.”

My Disaster – Another song that completely blew me away, especially when the words worked with the music. It definitely continues the dark undertone that we have come to expect from the band over the years, and passionate way the singer gets into what he’s singing. The guitars were intense, and staying in a dark, minor key that worked with the song itself.

Crash – This was a slower song, almost a ballad (or as close as Seether will get. “Say my name again and I feel like I am lost…” Something we can all relate to. It kind of reminded me of their song called Here and Now.

Suffer It All – This track gets more peppy and to me is a classic sound for Seether. Head-bobbing sound until it gets to a point where it sounds darker and the singer sings in pauses which matches the guitars and the beat.

Watch Me Drown – Another typical Seether song, talking about relationships, yet has a rock sound to it, rather than a slow ballad sound. The guitar riffs definitely helped add to the song.

Nobody Praying For Me – The words…. wow. It takes talent to be able to say “nobody gives a f**” and still make it sound like the song has meaning. The dark intense verses, and the voice was enough to anyone chills. Not sure if the word usage implying a metaphor to religion worked, but overall it was the best song on the track.

Keep the Dogs At Bay – Another one that Seether has a way of blowing me away. The words held meaning and the guitar riffs up and down again once again made the chorus more interesting than the verses.

Save Today – This starts off sounding like a ballad, but surprisingly it wasn’t dark or done in a minor key.

So all in all, I thought it was a good album, not their best, but not their worst either. Though some Seether fans might think its getting to be repetitive with how they sound, I enjoyed and recommend buying it.

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