Seether, "Country Song"

As the post-grunge/nü-metal alternative era of the early 2000s fades into obscurity, the standout acts have kept plugging away (Breaking Benjamin), taken extended recording breaks (Evanescence) or, in the case of South African rock act Seether, adapted to the here and now. "Country Song," the lead single from sixth album "Holding On to Strings Better Left to Fray," has a heavier rock feel than its title suggests, but the group lets its twang shine in the song's guitar sound and concise but powerful songwriting. "Blame all your weakness on me/ Shame that I'm so contrite," Shaun Morgan sings as the tension builds beneath his vocal and finally erupts into the thrashing chorus. "Country Song" sounds like the work of a different band when compared with Seether's past singles, but the group's intense rock has simply evolved in directions that are just as rewarding.

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