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SALEM
PLAYING GOD AND OTHER SHORT STORIES
PULVERISED

Salem is a veteran Israeli metal troupe whose latest 12-track outing is the unit’s seventh in their 25-year career. This quintet changes things up a bit on PLAYING GOD AND OTHER SHORT STORIES with some reworked versions of songs by artists such as Kreator (“The Privileged Dead”) and Bob Marley (“Exodus”), as well as the inclusion of a female singer dispensing shards of Goth rock throughout the album not too mention a prevalent tribal percussive presence not unlike that of Soulfly running within the thrash metal framework (“The Mark of the Beast Part 1”). This departure from their usual death/doom style may be a bit jarring for longtime fans, but for those seeking a new adventure in metal, Salem’s latest definitely pushes experimental buttons while integrating undeniable heaviness (“Playing God”).
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- Mike SOS