Salem are a band from Isreal that has a history that goes back to the 80's and they play a style that mixes black metal, death metal, doom metal and thrash together and this is a review of their 2010 album "Playing God And Other Short Stories" which was released by Pulverized Records during the year of 2010.
Drums are mostly slow to midpaced drumming that has a tribal feel at times with some percussion being used with little to no fast playing except for the last song that has some blast beats, while the bass playing is slow to midpaced riffing that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars and on some of the songs ther is a musical instrument that sounds like it came of a mid 60's to early 70's progressive rock album.
Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced riffing that mixes black,doom, death, and thrash together along with some more modern mainstream neo metal riffing with little to no lead guitars or solos present on this album and on the last song there are some fast riffs that sound very primitive in the black/death vein.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black/death screams with some deep growls being used at times mixed in with some clean singing female vocals on some of the songs and some Hebrew chanting being used on the last song, while the lyrics covering folklore, biblical themes about war old testament style and some everyday themes with some lyrics in Hebrew, as for the production it sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.
In my opinion Salem are a very good band and while this album might dissapoint some of the older fans with the modern influences, from what I remember they had a more raw and primitive sound on the early albums, I still feel this is a good modern metal album that would appeal to a variety of different metalheads. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Exodus" "The Mark Of The Beast Part II" and "Playing GOd". RECOMMENDED BUY.