"Playing God and Other Short Stores" (Pulverised; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

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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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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