SALEM - FORGOTTEN DREAMS (Pure Rock Records/H'Art)
(Review by Officer Nice)
As far as I know there are several bands with this band name. Yet I only know the English Salem. Not that they had any importance in the old days but the cult charisma will forever be there. After more than 30 years these guys are releasing their second full album, one that fans of NWOBHM will be interested in… NWOBHM is popular again and it’s awesome to see how many old bands reunite again. I can’t say they all convinced me on stage after all these years but some of their new releases were outstanding. I suppose Satan is the best example.
I never owned the demo’s of Salem but I had a friend who had one of their old demo’s in his collection. After so many years I was curious how the band should sound nowadays and I can say I am pleasantly surprised. Maybe it wasn’t said enough in the past but the NWOBHM was quite a varied genre ‘an sich’. For us, the old generation, that is all pretty clear but I suppose the youngsters amongst us can have a view that NWOBHM was one style, one typical kind of music. It was, for a part but the differences between for example Def Leppard and the much darker Satan were pretty big.
Listening to this Salem I can say they’re also the more melodic kind of NWOBHM. Not like Def Leppard for example although some tunes did remind me of this band that ruled the world for some time. What Salem brings is very good melodic Heavy Metal with all ingredients that are needed for it, often close to even the even older Hard Rock scène. This album contains a very good production which makes the band able to show all of their professionalism. Simon Saxby seems to be a perfect front man and this guy really has an outstanding voice, lifting the band up to a higher level.
This is really a very good release and the twelve tracks have all their owns strengths. I really adore those melodic leads, playing an important role in the total concept of this album. From strong more powerful songs to softer tracks (“This Heart Is Mine”) to return to the ‘easy on the ear’ songs that give you that ‘Spring’ feeling. Some radio oriented tunes like "The best is yet to come" are even foreseen, a song even Gotthard fans would adore. Yes yes, good album! Check these guys out at http://www.salemband.co.uk.
My Points: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish