Written by Alex Mrkonjic
Stoke The Fire
Betray and Degrade
Let You Down
Against The Wall
Let Me Heal
Count Me Out
Sell My Soul
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Label: Bicycle Company / Concord Music Group
Shaun Morgan - Lead vocals & guitar Dale Stewart - Bass & vocals John Humphrey - Drums
Lead singer Shaun Morgan’s signature scream to me is one of the defining features of the Seether sound. In this regard, the album starts off strong with the opening track “Stoke The Fire”. It is a classic heavy Seether track that fans of the old sound will absolutely love and will have on repeat with its heavy crunching riffs and floor-pounding drums from longtime drummer John Humphrey. The lead single from the album “Let You Down” is a great way to warm up fans for the album since it's also a great hard rock track with its opening riff that made me think it could have worked quite well on Karma and Effect. “Betray and Degrade”, “Something Else”, and “Saviours” are also good songs but I found myself feeling bored of them because all of them sounded relatively similar after the first couple listens.
Sadly, other parts of the album don’t do much for me. “Count Me Out”, “Nothing Left”, and “Let Me Heal” are forgettable and generic that just don't have the same magic as "Let You Down" and some of the band's older songs. “Emotionless”, “Against The Wall”, and “Sell My Soul”, all have a different vibe to them which actually made me like them a bit. “Against The Wall” is your typical Seether power rock ballad which made my feet tap and my head bop. It reminded me of “Tonight” from Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray, while “Emotionless” makes me think of “Diseased” from Karma and Effect. However these songs weren't enough to improve my thoughts of the album as a whole.
Overall, Poison The Parish is disappointing. Only half of the album is memorable while the other half is generic and boring. I was hoping for more after a couple pop/rock sounding records but I am left wanting more. Don’t get me wrong, some of the songs are great hard rock tracks that I will always listen too for sure, but in the end, when I need my Seether fix, I'll stick to the old records.