For this Top 10 Seether Songs list we are going to focus on a great modern rock band. Seether hails from Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa). The band was formed in 1999 under the name Saron Gas. When they relocated to the United States in 2002, they changed the band name to Seether. The four original members were; Shaun Morgan on lead vocals and guitar, Johan Greyling on lead guitar, Tyronne Morris on bass, and David Cohoe on drums. The present members of the band are; Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey, and Corey Lowery. Since moving to the states Seether has recorded eight studio albums and won ten awards (between 2008-2012). The band named Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, and Alice in Chains as their biggest influencers.
Seether has been involved in seventeen soundtrack albums, produced one video album, has twenty-eight singles, and twenty-seven music videos.In 2002, Seether released their debut album Disclaimer. Disclaimer II was released in June 2004, with their third studio album, Karma and Effect being released in May 2005. October 2007 brought their fourth studio album, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. After four years Seether released Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray in May 2011. Their sixth studio album, Isolate and Meditate, was released in July 2014. In 2017, Seether fans purchased Poison the Parish, which hit shelves in May. Seether’s eighth studio album was released in August 2020, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.
Seether has had twenty-six songs on the Billboard charts with twenty-three of them being in the top ten. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Seether Songs:
# 10 – Driven Under
Peaking at number thirteen, is our number ten son on the Top 10 Seether Songs list. It his the charts in June 2003 and spent twenty-six weeks on the charts. “Driven Under” is the second single released from their debut album, Disclaimer. The album was released in 2002 with the song “Driven Under” being released in March 2003. The video is simple, Shaun Morgan’s voice is intense and really brings out the lyrics of the song. Fans all over the world have a wide array of positive opinions on what the song is about. Whatever the meaning of the song, the guitar riffs are outstanding and the song is amazing.
# 9 – Broken
Initially on their debut album, Disclaimer, “Broken” was revised in 2004 to feature Amy Lee (lead vocals for Evanescence). The revised version was on their second studio album, Disclaimer II and peaked on the Billboard charts at number nine in July 2004. Shaun wrote the song around the break-up of his marriage, when he chose to move to the United States and his wife stayed in South Africa. “Broken” was featured on the soundtrack for “The Punisher,” a Marvel Comics superhero film. Seether won a Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Award when the song was voted as the “Best Song from a Movie Soundtrack.” “Broken” is still a very popular song, in 2021.
# 8 – Gasoline
This song is the first track on their debut album, released in August 2002. It hit the Billboard charts at number eight in November 2003. Outstanding guitar riffs/solo opens the song “Gasoline.” The song is about trying to cover-up who you really are. Pretending to be something/someone you are not. Shaun is an extremely talented vocalist and songwriter. He has such a distinguishing, raw voice that brings the song to life. “Gasoline” received hundreds of thumbs up and positive reviews, from the fans, on the YouTube video.
# 7 – Breakdown
From the 2007, fourth studio album, Finding Beauty in the Negative Spaces; I bring to you “Breakdown.” The song was the third single released from the album. Amy Lee (and her break-up with Shaun) was a huge inspiration when the song was written. He (Shaun) wrote it to “air out his feelings.” The day the song was released on the radio, August 2008, Shaun entered a rehab program. Seether hadn’t thought that “Breakdown” would be a single or as popular as it is. The song peaked at number four in January 2009 and spent thirty-five weeks on the charts. Everyone has been in some form of a relationship that was toxic. The other person trying to change you into something you are not, or do not want to be. Outstanding vocals, lyrics, and guitar bring this song together perfectly.
# 6 – Fine Again
Another amazing, popular song from Seether’s debut album. It was their first single released from the album Fragile, when they were going by Saron Gas in South Africa. Shaun wrote “Fine Again” after his parents divorce and was known for dedicating the song to Dave Williams (Drowning Pool) and Dimebag Darrell (Pantera). The song is about how you can be fine after a break-up, whether it is with a boyfriend/girlfriend or being in the middle of a divorce between your parents. It will be hard for awhile, but you will eventually be “Fine Again.”
# 5 – Rise Above This
Coming in at our halfway point on the Top 10 Seether Songs list, is a song that Shaun Morgan wrote before his brothers suicide. “Rise Above This” is the second single from the 2007 album Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. Shaun wrote the song in hopes of helping to bring his brother out of his depression. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen that way. Shaun’s brother jumped out of the eighth-window of a motel that the band was staying in. It took Seether numerous attempts to finish the video. Shaun was having a very hard time, understandably. You can hear the raw emotion and the deep, intense pain in his voice. This is a very emotional song that many people can relate to in a number of ways. I have been there, dealing with the pain of suicide, knowing that the love and support given didn’t work in saving them.
# 4 – Country Song
From the fifth studio album, Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray, released in 2011. “Country Song” hit number one in May 2011. This song has a different twist and stands out from the other songs on the album. Seether wanted to do something “different.” The name of the song came about, because they recorded the album in Nashville and it is a tiny reminder/dedication to the wonderful city. The song is in no way ‘country’, but is is unique and different. “Country Song” is a reference to growing-up and making better decisions. The song hit number two on the Hot Rock & Alternative Song chart. The beginning of the song definitely has a slight country vibe, but fifty-three seconds in, it changes pace for about forty-five seconds. “Country Song” is upbeat, catchy, and the video is hilarious. You have to check it out.
# 3 -Dangerous
The first single released from Seether’s eighth studio album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare for War). The song was released in June 2020 with the album being released in August. This album/song is Seether, but ‘harder.’ Their sound for the album was inspired by the late 1990s alternative rock, specifically the Deftones and A Perfect Circle. The song stemmed from the heavy reliance that we all have on technology and social media. The video is killer (and animation)!
# 2 – Let You Down
From Seether’s seventh studio album, Poison the Parish, released in May 2017. With this album, Seether was trying to get away from the “alternative” stamp. They are a rock band and wanted to have that harder rock sound, and stamp. “Let You Down” was released on February 2017. According to John Humphrey (drummer) the video is “dark, a black and white, nightmare.” The song starts with an amazing guitar riff and the video features this really creepy clown. Shaun says the song is him digging into his past, his cocaine use and basically saying, it is what it is.
# 1 – Remedy
Our number one song on the Top 10 Seether Songs list, is their first single to hit the number one spot on the charts. “Remedy” is from Seether’s Karma and Effect album, which was released in May 2005. It is the band’s third studio album. The album was ranked in the top ten in many countries. “Remedy” has been used by the WWE as the theme song for Summerslam 2005, it is a playable song on Guitar Hero on Tour: Decades, and featured in the racing game Test Drive Unlimited. The song is about addiction and finally “clipping the wings that get you high, so that you can fly and be free.” “Remedy” starts with outstanding guitar riffs and Shaun’s voice is raw and amazing. This is one of the first songs that I heard by Seether. I am hooked!
Seether has been rocking the United States since 2002 and continues to do so today. Check out their website, www.seether.com, for; news updates on the band, merchandise, tour dates, and much more. I look forward to the next Seether album, which I hope they are working on. They are one of my favorite bands of all time. The unique, raw voice of Shaun Morgan, paired with the killer guitar riffs, and the lyrics — you can’t ask for anything better.
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