Music trade publication Billboard has recognized SEETHER’s founding member/frontman/lyricist Shaun Morgan with the release of its latest hard rock charts, published August 1.
Morgan claims the #1 spot on the Hard Rock Songwriters Chart as well as the #2 spot on the Hard Rock Producers Chart as two new singles he penned and produced climb up the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. “Dangerous” (released June 24) rises to the #10 placement (boosted by 1.9 million airplay audience impressions) while “Bruised And Bloodied” (released July 17) debuts in the #15 spot.
It’s the first time Morgan tops the Hard Rock Songwriters chart. Over a two-decade career, SEETHER has in total enjoyed six No. 1s—and 22 Top 10s—on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart as well as three leaders on the Hard Rock Albums chart.
Both “Dangerous” and “Bruised And Bloodied” are from SEETHER’s new album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”) — their first new album in three years — due August 28th, 2020 via Fantasy Records.
Early reviews have given unanimous praise for the album, saying:
“‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’ displays a raw honesty and wealth of musicality that fuses its finer moments straight onto your DNA … SEETHER continue to craft beautifully tormented anthems tailored to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.”
—Metal Wani (8/10 overall score)
“This is possibly one of the best albums that 2020 will be able to deliver … balanced with great lyrics and an impressive sound.”
—Summa Inferno (5/5 flames)
“Even with the high praise received from their last album, Poison The Parish, they may have outdone themselves.”
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album features 13 new tracks, a primal mix of euphoria and misery, undoubtedly some of the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career.
The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Asonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003).
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum track listing:
- Dead and Done
- Bruised and Bloodied
- Can’t Go Wrong
- Buried in the Sand
- Let It Go
- Drift Away
- Pride Before The Fall
- Written In Stone
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with the quartet’s sense of purpose and commitment spreading outwards, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort and a sense of personal power. While others of their ilk faded away, SEETHER maintains a strong sense of self, ignoring trends and critics in favor of a consummate devotion to their craft. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 15 #1 singles (including 2017’s “Let You Down,” 2014’s “Words as Weapons,” and 2011’s “Tonight”); 19 Top 5 multi-format hits, with US singles sales topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. They are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, founded in 2012 to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach and many more. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. All SEETHER shows donate $1 of ticket sales to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) organization.
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