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'Isolate And Medicate'
(Spinefarm Records)
Release Date: 30th June 2014

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus


South Africa isn't necessarily known as a hot bed of rock music talent but in recent times I'm discovering a whole scene out there in that neck of the woods.

Seether are perhaps one of the best known acts reaching out to wider commercial success, especially in the US. 'Isolate And Medicate' is studio album number seven containing ten new tracks simmering with their Metal credentials, or post-grunge if you want to be fancy with your labels.

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Once you've digested the inoffensive and streamlined style of bands like Nickelback, Hinder, Creed, Theory Of A Deadman and Shinedown to name but a few, it does get a little weary to work your way through another example of this radio-friendly hard rock style.

But nevertheless, processing the music here is what it's all about and despite it teasing with Metal moments without losing sight of hooks and a smooth presence, 'Isolate And Medicate' isn't going to inject anything too radical to the mix.

Teenager-induced self-pity anthem 'Nobody Praying For Me' pulls at the heart strings and will have testosterone-fuelled individuals thumping the air in agreement. 'Save Today' takes the listener to the end of the album on a whimper as the acoustically driven ballad follows a subtle melody line. Alice In Chains creep in to the framework of 'See You At The Bottom' and there's a section which really taps the pulse of tension and sheer expression.

A colourful falsetto approach in conjunction with a catchy riff combines to set 'Same Damn Life' on the route to becoming favourite for Single of the Week if such a thing is applicable.

The commercial appeal is more than prominent to say the least. Somebody or something has really upset these guys on 'My Disaster': "Don't let me down again; you're the key to my disaster", hollers Shaun Morgan in true defiance. 'Crash' then offers up some drama and carries the vibe of a dried dead leaf crumbling in the palm of your hand on a crisp windy afternoon.

An appraisal along the lines of 'Isolate And Medicate' treading safe territory without completely selling out is the best summary I can commit to. Throwing in some expletives doesn't make these guys any edgier or any more unique and I don't suspect they are thinking that way either.

There will always be a place in the rock music fraternity for this brand of hard rock and due to this reason alone, I can objectively share with those fans how this album will please and dutifully entertain. Regarding any crossover appeal or any innovative angles, alas it lacks in both principles.

See You At The Bottom
Same Damn Life
Words As Weapons
My Disaster
Suffer It All
Watch Me Drown
Nobody Praying For Me
Keep The Dogs At Bay
Save Today

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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