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Seether Reveal Pre-Show Ritual

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Ever wonder what a band does to mark an occasion or prep before performing? Whether it’s exercise, a phone call to a loved one or even a prayer, most bands start off a show in each city with a behind the scenes routine or ritual. Read on to see what South African trio Seether do to warm up before each show.

Rock band Seether will be hitting the capital district just one week from today, along with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Bulletproof Messenger, at Northern Lights in Clifton Park.

Seether are celebrating the release of their new, fifth full-length album, Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray, which comes out on May 17, just two days before their show at Lights. The band worked with producer Brendan O’Brien this time around, and believe that this album is their best yet, according to Noisecreep.

Seether might be more on the softer side of rock music, but they enjoy all genres, including heavy metal:

Everyone in the band listens to all kinds of different styles of music, but yes, we definitely love heavy metal.

When we were kids we listened to bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden. As we got a bit older, we got into heavier stuff like Pantera.

They also got into Sepultura, which is surprisingly what they listen to every night before they go on stage. I imagine   the melodic metal group gets the three pumped up and ready to perform. Bassist Dale Stewart revealed the band’s routine:

Every night before we go out on stage, Shaun [Morgan, vocalist-guitarist] and I will put on some Sepultura and we’ll jam out in our dressing room to a couple of songs. Metal is something that we enjoy and it’s a big reason why we started playing music in the first place.

We’re not always such a heavy band, but we do appreciate heavy metal and it’s part of what we do. The sense of melody that we try and maintain – whether it’s in the vocals or the guitars – makes our music more accessible and maybe not as heavy sounding. On the new album, we try and find a balance of the heavier stuff with the melodic side of what Seether is known for.

Next week when you’re waiting patiently in line to get into the show, imagine the boys performing their ritual before performing on stage in front of their fans. Maybe if you;re extra quiet and listen hard and carefully, you’ll even hear them rocking out to Sepultura.

What do you think of their pre-show routine? What would yours be?

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