They were formed in 1979 following the split of the new wave of British Heavy Metal band Ethel The Frog. Dissonance Productions are proud to announce the release of the band’s 3rd album titled Attrition. The album was recorded at Hairy Monster Studios in Hull. Developing from the upbeat theme of Forgotten Dreams (2013) and the more reflective mood of Dark Days (2016), lead guitarist Paul Macnamara described the third studio as a little “edgier”, but with the same Salem heavy and melodic approach.
Attrition becomes available on February 23, 2018, from Dissonance Productions. Keep an eye on Decibel Geek for a review of the album coming soon.
SALEM and Decibel Geek at Brofest 2017
While attending Brofest in Newcastle, UK in February Decibel Geek took the opportunity to talk to Paul Macnamara of Salem (UK). We had chatted with the band about doing an interview in Newcastle as Salem (UK) was headlining the pre-party at Trillian’s Bar on Thursday evening. With the rest of the band driving back home that very same night after the gig, we booked an interview with Paul at a typical British pub the day after at 1 PM.
Salem (UK) played an excellent gig on Thursday evening which set Trillian’s on fire and added to our excitement of meeting up with Paul the next day. For those of you who are not familiar with Salem (UK), the band formed way back in 1980 in Hull and the band is generally counted as part of the NWOBHM movement in the early 1980’s. During the first period of the band’s life until they disbanded in 1983 Salem (UK) produced a couple of demos and a 7″. All these recordings have been released on a CD called In the Beginning by High Roller Records.
In 2009 the classic line up reunited again and has since put out two excellent albums called Forgotten Dreams and Dark Days. Both these albums contain melodic metal at it’s best and are well worth checking out. It is well worth to give them a listen if you are unfamiliar with Salem (UK).
“Black and White”
“I’m The One”
“Lest We Forget”
“My Only Son”
“Stay With Me”
“We Are Gods”