SEETHER Secures Rock Chart Success In The First Week Of New Album Release Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare for War”) Out Now Via Fantasy Records Initial Sales Top 15,000 Overall Units, While Album Debuts At #2 On Billboard’s Current Hard Rock Chart And #5 On Top Current Album Chart Lead Single “Dangerous” Rises To #2 At Rock Radio And #7 On Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs Chart Multi-Platinum Selling Rock Band’s First Album In 3 Years Receives Rave Reviews, Including Praise For Recent Global Livestream Concert “Locked & Live”
SEETHER’s brand-new album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”) debuted to impressive chart success in its first week of release, topping 15,000 in overall sales and placing at #37 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart as well as #5 on the Top Current Album Chart. Other impressive markers include placing #3 for Current Alternative Albums, #3 for Current Rock Albums and #2 for Current Hard Rock Music.
The album’s aggressive first single "Dangerous" also rises to #2 at Active Rock Radio and is currently #7 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart and rising quickly. For the week of August 1st, frontman Shaun Morgan also topped Billboard's Hard Rock Songwriter's Chart and hit the #2 spot on the Hard Rock Producers Chart for the first time.
On Sunday, August 30th, the band celebrated the album with a well-received global livestream event, “Locked & Live” in an exclusive partnership with Veeps and Elite Multimedia that featured the band’s first-ever full production, multi-camera online livestream concert.
The new album—the band’s first in three years—has been well received by fans and media alike, with SEETHER praised as offering up one of the best rock albums of 2020.
“SEETHER did right by their fans in having a live-streamed concert in conjunction with the release of Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. The concert was a total hit and … the production was top notch all the way through. The band was well-rehearsed and in the pocket. The show came complete with an awesome lighting show and the sound was perfection,” said Ghost Cult Magazine.
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum has also received unanimous praise:
“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum shows that the band still has an uncanny knack of pulling out all the stops.”
—Classic Rock Magazine “Now with their eighth studio album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If you want peace, prepare for war”), the band is continuing their dominating stride in the post-grunge and melancholic-rock world.”
—Forbes “This record is outstanding … From start to finish, it’s chocked full of thought-provoking lyrics and hard rock/grunge-inspired guitar riffs all strongly supported by perfectly timed drumming and bass riffs.”
—V13 “The solemnity and intention with which Seether has crafted Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is a testament to not only their work ethic as musicians but their growth and expanded awareness of the human condition.”
—Cryptic Rock “Simply put, Seether’s ‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’ (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) is an album that was worth the three year wait.”
—Mayhem Music Magazine “SEETHER are capable of creating some of the most memorable and thought-provoking tracks that are rock radio and arena approved … One thing for sure is that the band is consistent and have yet to release a bad album.”
—Distorted Sound Magazine “‘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 especially within this genre, balanced with great lyrics and an impressive sound.”
—Summa Inferno (5/5 flames) 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’s 13 new tracks draw on the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate Dale Stewart) grew up on.
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:
1. Dead And Done
2. Bruised And Bloodied
6. Can’t Go Wrong
7. Buried In The Sand
8. Let It Go
11. Drift Away
12. Pride Before The Fall
13. Written In Stone About SEETHER: 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 & 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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