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Seether Biography

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Birth Place: Pretoria, South Africa
Years Active: 1999–present
Genres: Post-grunge, Alternative Metal

Seether is a rock band from Pretoria, South Africa, formed in 1999. The band is currently signed to Wind-up Records. Originally named Saron Gas and signed to Musketeer Records in South Africa, they changed their name in 2002, coinciding with the release of their second album and major label debut, “Disclaimer.”

As Saron Gas, the band released its first album, “Fragile,” on Musketeer Records, in 2000 in South Africa. The band changed its name to avoid confusion with the sarin gas, a lethal nerve gas manufactured (but never used) in World War II by the German Army Weapons Office. The band changed its name to Seether in honor of Veruca Salt's song “Seether.”

“Disclaimer II,” an alternate version of the original album with many of the songs remixed or re-recorded as well as eight extra tracks, was released in late 2004.

In 2005, the band released their follow-up album “Karma and Effect.” “Karma and Effect” debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was certified gold in the U.S. and Canada. “Remedy” reached #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, becoming the band's first #1 single.

“Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces” was released in 2007. The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The first single, “Fake It,” reached the #1 position on the Mainstream Rock chart and Modern Rock chart, remaining at #1 for at least nine weeks on both charts. After the success of “Fake It,” a second single, “Rise Above This,” was released and reached the #1 spot on the Modern Rock chart and #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

“Country Song” was released in 2011 as the lead single from their fifth studio album “Holding On to Strings Better Left to Fray.” It reached #4 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart and #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Alternative Albums, Hard Rock Albums and Rock Albums charts.