Seether had a treasure trove of songs to choose from for its new album, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.”
Vocalist and guitarist Shaun Morgan wrote about 40 songs that the band could consider. The band had to narrow the list to the 13 for the album, which is being released Friday, Aug. 28.
“We tried to pick the best songs for the record,” Seether guitarist Corey Lowery said. “When you have so many songs to pick from, it gives you a great opportunity to say, ‘I think the fans would really like this.’ And there was some experimental stuff. I think (the song) ‘Dangerous,’ for us, is a new vibe – not too far off from the Seether sound but just enough that it keeps if fresh. It keeps it interesting.”
Lowery, who is also a songwriter, did not want to intervene in the direction Morgan was taking lyrically.
“To me, he was always an incredible songwriter, incredible singer,” Lowery said of Morgan. “You don’t want to mess that formula up if it’s not broken. So you don’t want to interject where you don’t have to interject. I’m, like, I have one of the best songwriters in the world; why would I want to mess with that right now? If anything, I hope to inspire him as a player and as a musician and friend.”
Morgan’s choice of title for the band’s eighth album, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” also was a winner.
“The name of the album means ‘If You Want Peace, Prepare for War,’ ” Lowery said. “Shaun always comes out with the greatest names. Looking at the song lyrics and stuff like that when we were finishing the record up, he started thinking, ‘God, I should probably name this record.’ Once you start picking the songs that are going to go on the record, that’s where I feel this whole process started going. Something to kind of wrap up what the whole record is about. To me, the whole ‘if you want peace, prepare for war’ went great with the lyrical content within the record.”
This is Lowery’s first album as a member of Seether. He joined the band in 2018.
“I mean, the whole experience was incredible,” Lowery said. “I’ve known these guys for a lot of years, and so they were already my brothers but to be playing music and to share, it’s a true honor to be here, and I look forward to playing this stuff live as soon as we can get back out.”
Touring in general has been placed on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seether will celebrate the release of “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” with its first full production, multicamera livestream concert event. The concert, titled “Locked & Live,” will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. It was created in partnership with Veeps and Elite Multimedia. Lowery recommends that fans keep up with the band’s website and social media for “surprises” planned for the rest of the year.
“I’m so glad we’re able to share this stuff with everyone, and during this time it will give people an opportunity to check the record out,” Lowery said. “Usually, you put a record out and you’re on tour. You go back out on tour, and nobody knows the record quite yet. Everybody will have some months now to really absorb the record. We’re really excited to have all the Seether fans sing along with us as they have in the past with the other songs. This gives them an opportunity to learn the songs like we did.”