May 2017, Best Alternative Metal Album of the Month: Poison the Parish by Seether

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Alternative Metal is a genre that here in this blog we have little overlooked, despite in 2017 there have been already some interesting releases. After listening to the last album by Seether, the post-grunge metal band from South Africa, we could no longer ignore the genre and so we’re now dedicating a special entry for a beautiful alternative metal album.

Poison the Parish, the seventh full-lenght work by Seether, arrives on the shelves three years after their previous release and it signs a new heavier direction for the band, which started initially as a post-grunge rock outfit and that now can be considered in all respects as a metal group. The change is also reflected by the new logo that the four guys from Pretoria choosed for the new album, a logo which is now characterized by a definitely metallic font and style.

Based on what we can hear in the album, however, the change is for the better. Their older mainstream rock motifs left the way to a clear american-inspired alternative metal approach, which gave the songs a greater depth and power. Somewhere there are a few clear references to the masters of alternative metal (Tool and Alice in Chains to mention the most evident sourcse of inspiration), but the album never trascends into a mere imitation of a model and it generally maintains a specific style and musical autonomy. Darkest and sinister sounds, moreover, get along better with the heavy themes that the band addresses in most of the songs.

If the last couple of works by Seether left us a bit disappointed. with Poison the Parish the band made a very strong and energic comeback. At this point, it remains to see if such a change of musical direction is just a temporary step in their career or wheter it marks a definitive transformation of their sound and overall approach to music.

 

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