“Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum”
Seether’s latest record “Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum” is their eighth studio record and was released on August 28, 2020. The record’s title translated means “If You Want Peace Prepare for War” and was produced by Shaun Morgan in Nashville, Tennessee in a one month time span.
In interviews Shaun explained that this record was influenced by A Perfect Circle and The Deftones. Morgan combined the riffs commonly found in 90’s rock with the atmospheric sounds found in A Perfect Circle’s music.
This record is the first to feature Corey Lowery on guitar. Corey is now an Official member of Seether and also did Production work on the record.
Shaun’s “Thank You” list is interesting because it states that he is currently using Music Man guitars; in recent years Shaun was a Schecter player. Shaun says midway through his thank you’s that “No One Reads these (Thank You’s) anyways” yet continues to ramble off names he wanted to thank.
This record opens with “Dead and Done” which is a heavy rocker with a thick guitar riff that turns into a thud-ish groove. This song sets the pace for the record perfectly.
Seether has an instantly recognizable sound and this record shows musical growth within the band; the band may be wiser but they have not softened at all.
“Bruised and Bloodied” - Heavy with a strong chorus; the song is bass driven at times and this one of the stand out tracks from this record.
“Wasteland” - Mellow, melodic, and the perfect mixture of A Perfect Circle meets Seether. Billy Howardel would be proud of this track because his influence is all over it!
“Dangerous” - This is the lead single from this record and it’s a hit at active rock radio.
“Liar” - Grunge style with melodic darkness; this one is powerful yet simplistic.
“Can’t Go Wrong” - Heavy vibe, heavy guitars, and the breakdown is beautiful.
“Buried In The Sand” - high/low dynamics run rampant on this one.
“Let It Go” - This one sounds like a left over from A Perfect Circle’s first record and that’s not a bad thing; this song is amazing! This is my favorite song off the record.
“Failure” - Mellow, dark, and moody.
“Beg” - Heavy as f**k and a song that will pummel the audiences when Seether does live shows again.
“Drift Away” - slow, moody, and melancholy.
“Pride Before The Fall” - This is the only song on the record that sounds like The Deftones; this one is heavy and has an interestingly odd riff which adds an element of artsiness to the record.
“Written In Stone” - This is the albums closer and it ends on a somber note.
As a complete body of work this record is excellent but the A Perfect Circle influence is very prominent and obvious within minutes of listening to the record.
The band are allowing fans to listen to the entire record for free, check it out below and if you like it please buy the record and support the band.
Check out the new single “BEG” from SEETHER “BEG” is the third preview from their upcoming record “ Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum “ (means “If You Want Peace, Prepare for War”) in stores on August 28, 2020 from Fantasy Records.
“BEG is a heavy song with a thick chubby guitar riff; the animated music video is a warped visual that adds darkness to the track. Warning, this song has harsh language and the video is NOT for young children.