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Seether Leader Kept Dirty Laundry Off New Album

Of the Oakland Press

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Don’t bother scanning the lyrics of Seether’s new album, “Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces,” for what frontman Shaun Morgan has written about his ex-girlfriend, Evanescence’s Amy Lee.

True, Lee wrote the scathing single “Call Me When You’re Sober” and much of Evanescence’s latest album, “The Open Door,” about the deterioration of her relationship with Morgan. But when it came time for a rebuttal, Morgan says he “decided to take the high road.”

“There’s one song about that, ‘Breakdown,’ and it’s not even that aggressive,” says Morgan, 28, a South African ex-patriate who founded Seether in 2000 as Saron Gas before changing the name in 2002. “It’s more like, ‘What did I do to you, man, to say all those things about me?’

“But I don’t hate her; in fact, I miss that girl sometimes. And I wish her well. She deserves happiness.”

Morgan is hoping for some happiness of his own. In August 2006, he checked into rehab, where some of “Finding Beauty’s ...” songs were inspired. And this past August, he lost his brother Eugene, who before his death was the inspiration for the song “Rise Above This.”

All told, Morgan says, he came up with some 50 songs that were considered for the group’s third studio album. The final dozen take Seether in some different directions, with a healthy diet of headbangers and rock radio anthems but also more expansive tracks such as the seven-minute “No Jesus Christ” and the crafted dynamics of “Eyes of the Devil” and “Walk Away From the Sun.”

“We wanted to explore the more melodic side and more musical side of everything,” Morgan explains. “There’s a thread running throughout the album that ties everything together and still keeps some of the original fans happy. But the (songs) I kept gravitating toward were the ones that were not quite like the ones we’ve done before.

“It was very important to us to have an album where we can say, ‘Look, we can be heavy and rock out, but we can also write songs that can compete with the other songs out there (on the charts). That was a really big motivation.”

Seether and Red perform Saturday (Oct. 13) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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