Celebrating the success of 2014’s Isolate and Medicate, coming off a successful festival season playing the big ones such as Carolina Rebellion, Welcome to Rockville, Rock On The Range, and their own Rise Above Fest, it’s hard to believe that Seether has the energy to get right back at it, they have done exactly that. Shortly before the New Year, they announced a co-headlining tour with Papa Roach, who are releasing their new album Fear Tuesday 1/27/15, and have not looked back.
South Carolina natives, Islander were picked to open up this tour from the start in January until the end of February when they will begin preparing to hit some of the larger festivals this summer.
Los Angeles based, metal band, Kyng are on the tour as direct support. They have been promoting their album Burn the Serum, released in April on Razor & Tie Records. Kyng has made a name for themselves touring with such bands as Megadeth, Static X, Saliva, Danzig, and Clutch. Their edgy style definitely heightened the mood of this sold out crowd at The Fillmore Detroit and got everyone ready for the main acts.
Seether is a band I have had a great love for since their debut in 2002. I still remember buying Disclaimer after hearing the single “Fine Again” on the radio and thinking to myself that this was a band I knew I would fall in love with over and over again. To say that I was excited for this show would be an understatement as I have been counting down since this tour was announced. I was lucky enough to score a table dead center, behind the soundboard. I could barely sit still as I eagerly awaited the start of the show and I could not help but hope that their set would not only rival but also in fact surpass their set at Rock on The Range 2014, which I thought was the best I had seen them yet. Kicking off the set with one of my all time favorites “Gasoline” from their debut album, I knew I would not be disappointed. The crowd’s energy seemed to build as they went into their hits “Fine Again” and “Broken”. It was interesting to see them as a four piece for the first time and I think that it added fullness to the sound quite nicely. They played “My Disaster”, giving the crowd a taste of some new music before going into one of their biggest hits to date “Rise Above This”, the 2nd #1 song for the band on the Modern Rock charts. This song has such special meaning as it was penned to bring vocalist Shaun Morgan’s brother, Eugene Welgemoed, out of depression. Sadly, Eugene committed suicide in 2007 but his legacy lives on as the emotions pour off of Shaun in waves every time he performs this one.
“Words As Weapons”, the lead single from the album was next. Probably my favorite song on the album and definitely in my top five Seether songs of all time, this was one I knew I would sing along to at the top of my lungs, much to the detriment of my neighbors. Hearing Shaun voice, which sounds haunted as he sings the line “All I really want is something beautiful to say” gives me chills each time I hear it. I think it is a song that people can relate to as I think everyone has had a situation where they have felt like they were drowning and just wanted some sort of light to find to make everything ok. They then went into “Same Damn Life” which again brought the energy up to a new heightened level. You could see the faces of the crowd as the different lights played around the venue and I do not think there was one silent person in the place. Everyone was smiling, singing, and just altogether having a good time, which is something I definitely always have at a Seether show. As the set wound down, I could not help but to wish I could turn the clock back and start over because maybe there was something I missed. Maybe there was a variation during one of the songs that maybe I did not catch onto. Whatever it was, I was not ready for the show to be over. The set wrapped with them playing hits “Fake It” and “Remedy”. When it was over, you couldn’t hear your own thoughts amongst this sold out crowd of almost 3000 people. It was absolutely the best performance to date that I have seen of this band and I am looking forward to them again surpassing the bar they have set next time I am able to catch a show!
To check future tour dates and keep in touch with all things Seether, please visit www.seether.com