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Published on August 26th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Seether’s Dale Stewart On The New “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” Album, Future Plans & More

Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, Seether has organically amassed a global fanbase. The band’s impressive sales and chart history includes 3 platinum and 2 gold albums, 15 #1 singles (including 2017’s “Let You Down,” 2014’s “Words As Weapons” and 2011’s “Tonight”) and 19 Top 5 multi-format chart hits, with United States singles sales alone topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams worldwide across all major streaming platforms. Incredible statistics for any genre.

On the touring end, the members of Seether — singer/guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey — are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, as founded nearly a decade ago in 2012, which raises awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. Furthermore, $1 of all ticket sales from all Seether shows is donated to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) non-profit organization.

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is the latest album from Seether — its first in 3 years — as due out August 28, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Translating to “If You Want Peace, Prepare For War,” the album features 13 new tracks, including the beautifully-tormented first single “Dangerous,” which is accompanied by animated music video created by noted Turkish director, Mertcan Mertbilek (Santana, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Elvis Costello). Sir Vis Pacem… was produced by Shaun Morgan and features contributes by Seether touring member Corey Lowery (formerly of Saint Ansonia and Stuck Mojo); Lowery can interestingly be seen doing CrossFit on the YouTube channel of Seether.

On August 26, 2020, I had the pleasure of interviewing Seether bassist Dale Stewart via Zoom, as embedded below for your viewing and listening pleasure. More on Stewart and Seether can be found online via www.seether.com, www.instagram.com/seether and www.facebook.com/seether.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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