Well, we had a great time in Brescia, Italy – atPlay It Loud Festival \m/Many thanks to MGP and Colony for all the organisation! It was cool to hang out with Holocaust, Muro,Black Rose, Cauldron, Ruler and the other great bands.And it was \m/ awesome \m/ to be so well received by the mass of Italian heavy metal maniacs– and leaving the stage to the chat of “Salem! Salem! Salem! !!”
This is what Rockberto Manenti wrote in the Roma Daily News review [mainly Google translation, apologies]“Between the exchange rate and the other we have the opportunity to visit the various stalls of merchandise and meet so already some of the protagonists of the day , waiting for Salem.The English band was one of the pioneers of NWOBHM , but only in recent years has created an album after a long period of silence. Authors sound more geared towards the classic rock sleeker and more sophisticated, have reminded at times of the masters of the genre, such as Uriah Heep .
The initial ” When Love Is In Your Heart ” is their business card and presents a band that does not need or virtuosity of the impetus that we have seen so far of the younger artists who preceded them . The experience gained over the years , combined with the linear construction of their songs , making them equally eye-catching and interesting , creating harmonies and classy at the same time effective.
All this thanks to an intense voice as that of Simon Saxby , who plays with the right emotion songs like “Cold As Steel”, ” Fool’s Gold ” or the more saxoniana “Ask The Lonely” and highlight the two guitars by Mark Allison and Paul Macnamara that with their riffs and solos , offer on a silver plate metal quality as in “Forgotten Dreams ” or ” the Other Side of Hell ” .
But the Salem know also push on the accelerator and pulled from the drums by Paul Mendham , assisted by Ade Jenkinson on bass, close to the beauty tighter “Reach To Eternity ” , picking the deserved acclaim and applause of the entire audience . (For the record were the favorite band from my wife , just to have been able to find that balance between rock and melody) .”Also please see the video of our opening songing – posted by ThrashZone – thanks very much
www.reverbnation.com/artist/video/12566827 – click on the iamge
“Forgotten Dreams … an all out classic rock release … superbly crafted guitarmanship … twelve tracks of pure rock bliss … timeless classics!” Lee Walker, Firebrand Magazine
“Forgotten Dreams … has it all! The compositions of the British present themselves sophisticated and varied …Powerful guitars, double-barreled leads and groovy bass playing combine to create a meaningful , well-produced sound” Anthalerero, Stormbringer
“All in all, these things combine for a rather significant success for a band of fifty-something heavy metal rockers. And these guys can truly deliver the goods whether it’s the heavy metal of Kazakafnu or Aftershock, the melodic hard rock of The Answer, or the anthems of This Heart Is Mine or The Best Is Yet to Come. Hopefully, that title of that last song is prophetic for the future of Salem. Forgotten Dreams is quite recommended.” Craig Hartranft, Dangerdog