South African rock act Seether is in a Los Angeles studio with producer Howard Benson finishing its next album, "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces." The set is due Oct. 23 via Wind-Up and is the follo

South African rock act Seether is in a Los Angeles studio with producer Howard Benson finishing its next album, "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces." The set is due Oct. 23 via Wind-Up and is the follow-up to 2005's "Karma and Effect," which has sold 704,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"This is an album where I'm going to be proud of all the songs for a change, because there were so many to choose from, from the beginning," frontman Shaun Morgan tells Billboard.com. "As far as the sound goes, it's not a complete departure. You won't pick this album up and hear German polka music. I think the point was to try and explore the poppier side of the band. Having said that, we explored the heavier side of the band too. It's an album of extremes, or oxymorons, in a way."

Tracks likely to make the final cut include "Breakdown," "No Jesus Christ," "Rise Above This" and "FMLYHM," which Morgan reveals is an acronym for "F*ck Me Like You Hate Me." Clips of the making of another new song, "Like Suicide," have been posted on MySpace and YouTube.

Morgan, whose troubled relationship with Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee inspired that band's single "Call Me When Your Sober," says he refused to address the situation directly in Seether's new material. But he admits it "hurt like a bitch" when Lee began slamming him in the press.

"As far as I'm concerned, we had a good relationship," Morgan says of Lee. "Everyone has troubles and trials and tribulations. I certainly refuse to harp on those. In fact, I guess I just decided I'd rather try and remember the good times. I felt betrayed [by Lee's comments], because I wouldn't do that to somebody. But I didn't want to stoop to that same level."

"I was in another relationship in the interim that was kind of brutal," he continues. "So even things that could be slightly construed as having been written to Amy ... well, Amy was a saint compared to the last person I had a relationship with."

Seether is looking ahead to a fall run on the Breaking Benjamin/Three Days Grace tour, which begins in early September. "We haven't really toured in a year now, so this was the perfect way to take it slow on a tour that has been doing really well," Morgan says.