Album: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (2020)


  • This metal anthem finds a despondent Shaun Morgan arraigning society at large.

    It's so dangerous all this blamelessness
    And I feel like I lost all the good I've known
    It's so dangerous all this shamelessness
    And I feel like I'm watching a tumor grow

    Though it is unclear what in particular has got on Morgan's wick on this song, he told Radio.com Si Vis Pacem, Pa Bellum deals largely with what he sees as "decay of society and community," stemming from a growing over-reliance on technology and social media.
  • Morgan wrote all the guitar parts, bassline and drums to "Dangerous" in just one session. He told HMV: "The melody came to me as I was writing and the lyrics seemed to come quickly too. It's interesting because I wrote the song as an experiment to see if I could play guitar parts that were entirely different from each other and that were almost second fiddle to the bass and drums. I wanted the bass line to hold the song down and turn the guitars into supporting roles rather than them being dominant and the bass merely playing the root notes."
  • Seether released the song as the lead single from Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, which translates to "If You Want Peace, Prepare For War." The title came right after the Covid lockdown started when Morgan, aware that he needed to come up with a name quickly, started searching the internet for inspiration. He discovered a site of Latin phrases, which is where he found the album's name.

    "It seemed really appropriate to the music and for the climate, we see ourselves in," he said. "It fits on many levels so I decided that would be the final title."
  • The song peaked at #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
  • Turkish designer and animator Mertcan Mertbilek directed the music video. Mertbilek has also worked with Santana, Ray Charles, and Elvis Costello. Said Morgan:

    "I wanted to get his interpretation of the lyrics. I sketched a rough idea, and he ran with it to create a video that I think is powerful and provocative. Animation allows far more freedom to create compelling visual art and I love how this video turned out."
  • The song topped the Mainstream Rock chart, giving Seether their seventh leader on the survey. The South Africa-originated band's first #1 on the tally was their 2005 single "Remedy," which was followed by "Fake It," "Country Song," "Tonight," "Words As Weapons," and "Let You Down."


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