SALEM – Attrition (Album Review)

SALEM – Attrition (Album Review)

Salem (sometimes also labeled Salem U.K. to distinguish themselves from the Israeli thrash band going by the same name) is a classic UK hard rock band that originally was considered to be part of the NWOBHM movement. But to me, they always were a bit more melodic compared to many of their contemporaries. In my opinion, the influences of Deep Purple and Rainbow shine through in the band’s current musical output whereas many of the NWOBHM…

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SALEM – Attrition (February 23, 2018)

SALEM – Attrition (February 23, 2018)

Salem is a heavy metal band hailing from Hull, in the north of England. 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…

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BROFEST #5 Newcastle UK – The Full Report (Festival Coverage)

BROFEST #5 Newcastle UK – The Full Report (Festival Coverage)

Well, here it is. Decibel Geek‘s complete coverage of our first experience at Brofest #5 in Newcastle UK. On hand for the event, we found Decibel Geek website editor/staff writer Rich “The Meister” Dillon, Swedish staff writer Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson and staff writer Graham “Sparky” Spark. The boys had a fantastic time overall, catching tons of great rock and meeting new friends and band members alike. Here you’ll find daily recap overview articles for each…

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SALEM Turn Up The Heat at Brofest Pre-Party! (Concert Review)

SALEM Turn Up The Heat at Brofest Pre-Party! (Concert Review)

The headlining act of the pre-party for Brofest, Newcastle, UK at Trillian’s Rock bar on Thursday night was the superb hard rockers Salem from Hull, UK. I must admit I did not know of them during their first period of life (1980-1983). This is not very strange as I was around 10 years old and was not into hard rock at the moment. With a rare vinyl single and a couple of demos the word did not…

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BroFest #5 Wrap-up Day 1 (Festival Review)

BroFest #5 Wrap-up Day 1 (Festival Review)

A salute to traditional heavy metal, BroFest has just completed its fifth annual event. The three day Brofest took place in Newcastle UK and featured acts such as Tokyo Blade, Battleaxe, Oliver/Dawson Saxon, Salem, Mythra, Saracen and many more. Where the festival’s moniker originated from is a mystery, but the event saw Decibel Geeks Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson, Graham “Sparky” Spark and Rich “The Meister” Dillon in attendance. Our three heroes were naturally joined by…

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The Anticipation of BROFEST (A UK Heavy Metal Festival)

The Anticipation of BROFEST (A UK Heavy Metal Festival)

It’s time for Decibel Geek to hit up a completely new experience, BroFest UK. Our editor, The Meister, was alerted to this event by the Swedish Decibel Geek Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson. Rather thinking that Meister would not be able to participate, Mikael put forth the suggestion anyway as more of a joke since he and his brother had already planned attendance. Well as it happens, The Meister already had a trip on tap that…

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Salem – Dark Days (Album Review)

Salem – Dark Days (Album Review)

At first listen you can tell Salem is a veteran act that has gelled as a unit. (For those like me who are just being introduced to the band.)  A lot of bands that formed in the late 70’s/early 80’s sat out the 90’s for musical, personal or personnel reasons.  But judging from the fourth release since their reformation in 2010 these guys still had the chops to make it happen and are more interested…

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