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ALBUM REVIEW: SEETHER – Wasteland The Purgatory EP

Despite the success that the band has had over the years I have always thought that Seether are a muchly under-rated band. When it comes to hard rock there isn’t much that these guys haven’t achieved, and let’s be honest no hard rock compilation is complete without tracks like Remedy or Fake It being included.

As a song-writer Shaun Morgan has always worn his heart on his sleeve – don’t believe me then go back and listen to Broken, and perhaps that becomes even more apparent when you take a listen to their brand new EP – titled Wasteland – The Purgatory EP.

This isn’t just an EP to showcase their brilliant new singe Wasteland it also contains three tracks that are good enough to be singles yet as Morgan playfully calls them “B-Sides that we couldn’t include on Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.” When you are writing songs this good and calling them B-Sides then you are certainly showing a certain amount of brilliance when it comes to song-writing.

As a track itself Wasteland is a gut-wrenching listen when you actually listen to the lyrics and that comes to the fore even more with the final track of the EP which is a re-worked alternative version of the track. It is slowed down and includes piano and cello which in a way only enhances the pained lyrics.

The normal version though is everything that you have come to expect from Seether. It’s catchy yet brutal and sees Morgan deliver a scream that is among the best. Hands down this will go down in history as one of Seether’s best songs.

Then there is the great rock sound of What Would You Do which again is a deeply personal track that soon has the listener exploring their own inner demons. Will It Ever End is deceiptfully slow at the start but then gives way to the more brutal side of Seether while Feast Or Famine has single written all over it. It is purely catchy hard rock that deserves a life of its own.

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP is a sheer piece of brilliance from Seether. Once again the under-rated mastery of this band is there for all to see and I know I will be listening to this EP over and over for a long time to come.

5/5 Stars

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