Back in 1991, when I stayed in a kibbutz in Israel, my buddy Michael and I headed
over to Cairo. On the way, we spent a day and a night in Tel Aviv where we'd
found out that British Cancer were going to play in a former gay club (!).
On the bill were also two local bands - one of which was called Salem. Should be
interested to hear what Israely metal sounded like. Due heavy rain and the
ensuing flood-like situation around Tel Aviv, ironically enough, the two Israely
bands never made it to the club, whereas Cancer played a fine gig.
I never actually got to listen to any Salem, and now, so many years later, I'm
beginning to regret that.
'Playing God and Other Short Stories' is no less than a blast!
It has the distinct touch of an underground phenomenon, yet, it holds a
potentially broad appeal with female vocals and the occasional rocking piece (try
the track Exodus).
What Salem do with this album is in my view genuinely unique in every aspect. A
big mash-up of tight death and extreme metal, dirty rock bits, the occasional
SEGA-like keyboard (Downfall of Paris pt II), bird song, plus the brilliantly incorporated
The contrast between gentleness and brutal, technical power is
striking and allows the listener to take in new details every time you give it a
This is a definite try-out!