|Review: Salem - In the Beginning...|
|In the Beginning...|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 3, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:In the Beginning...
Rated 3.69/5 (73.85%) (13 Votes)
Got a hankering for some real NWOBHM? This ought to do the trick. The re-formed Salem are right in the vein of those lesser-known NWOBHM bands with a somewhat unpolished garage-style sound, good-but-not-great vocals and, above all, catchy songs.
In the Beginning... is nearly 90 minutes of the band's material which contains a healthy dose of pure somewhat lightweight Heavy Metal (with a few songs rocking much harder than the others), and as is very common in the genre, a good number of more hard rock-ish songs, some of which even going more into rock territory. If anything, the album doesn't get boring with all this variety – though some songs are a bit weak compared to the others.
This won't appeal to fans of overpolished metal, but those who have a thing for late 70s-style NWOBHM should definitely check this one out.
Released on CD by Pure Steel Records and on vinyl by High Roller Records
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