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9th February 2012


South African rockers Seether are set to return to the UK with a brand new studio album, 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray' in a CD/DVD bonus format, a version of the album which is exclusive to the UK market. The band are also set to tour the UK in March 2012.

'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray' was released to widespread critical acclaim in the USA in May 2011. The debut single from the album, 'Country Song', spent an amazing 11 weeks at #1 (on Active Rock radio) over the course of the year and recently achieved Gold status for sales of over 500,000 units digitally by the RIAA.

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The song was the #1 most played song at Active Rock radio for the year 2011, outdistancing such acts as Foo Fighters, Staind and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Total active rock spins were 52,361, outdistancing the next closest song by almost 10,000 spins. 83,000 spins across all rock formats for the year 2011. The song is also the #1 Active Rock Song of the Year in Canada.

Seether was named the #1 Active Rock Artist and the #1 Heritage Rock Artist of 2011 by Billboard as well. 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray' was released in May and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and is the band's highest album premier to date. The album has scanned over 250,000 copies since its release to date. The band's next USA single 'Tonight' has also gone No 1 on Active Rock Radio – the first time the band has had consecutive #1 singles at the format.

The UK release is unique and will feature a host of bonus material. In addition to the standard 12 album tracks the UK version cd will also feature seven extra tracks - 13. Dead Seeds / 14. Yeah / 15. Nobody / 16. Effigy / 17. No Resolution (Skolnik Remix) / 18. Roses (Protector Drumstep Remix) / 19. Country Song (Elder Kepson Remix)

The UK release will also come with a bonus DVD as part of the standard release. Tracklisting for this is as follows.

DISC 2 (bonus DVD entitled 'Seether In Session') - 1. Country Song (Acoustic) / 2. Fine Again (Acoustic) / 3. Fake It (Acoustic) / 4. Broken (Acoustic) / 5. Rise Above (Acoustic) / 6. Country Song (Plugged in) / 7. Remedy (Plugged in).

Seether has spent most of 2011 out on the road in support of their latest release and look to continue the trend in 2012. The Houston Press raved about Seether's live show "...Seether put on a heartfelt, stripped-down performance that didn't leave fans wanting." The band will resume touring internationally early next year making stops in Asia, Australia and Europe. These dates mark a triumphant return for the band as it has been over two years since the band has performed in these territories.

Looking back on Seether's career path, it's not surprising that the band has progressed to this juncture. The band has sold millions of albums to date worldwide and are mainstays in the touring circuit averaging more than 275 performances per year.

Originally founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart, Seether made its initial impact on worldwide hearts and eardrums with 2002's Disclaimer. The album's first single, 'Fine Again' was a pensive ballad that resonated with fans worldwide. Seether gained nationwide live exposure with a spot on that year's Ozzfest tour.

Seether rerecorded the acoustic track 'Broken' as an electric version featuring Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee. 'Broken' became a massive international hit for the group. In 2004, Seether remixed and remastered 'Disclaimer', adding eight new songs and new cover art to create the two-disc set 'Disclaimer II', which went Platinum.

In 2005, Seether released 'Karma And Effect', which is certified gold and followed that release up in 2007 with the now Platinum 'Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces'. The album was reissued in 2009 with a cover of George Michael's 'Careless Whisper', and became another successful single release for the band. The band currently have 453,000 MySpace Friends and 1.7 million Facebook fans. Seether have sold over 4 million albums worldwide to date.

Tour Dates 2012

March 9 Edinburgh, HMV Picture House
March 10 Glasgow, Garage
March 11 Manchester Academy
March 12 Birmingham O2 Academy
March 14 Bristol Academy
March 15 London, Apollo Hammersmith

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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