Monday, March 26, 2007


The Israeli metal band SalemMetal Jew posted recently about a new video by the Israeli metal band Salem. According their bio on Wikipedia, they've been around since 1985 and "and is considered to be one of the first bands in the global underground scene to play brutal black metal." If "brutal black metal" sounds like fun, you can catch the video of their new song "Blood" at Y-net.

My three favorite things about the video.

3. The advertisement for women's haircare products that came before. I'm guessing it was randomly picked, but made a funny commentary on 'hair metal' bands.

2. The classic drummer's choreography ("twirl the drumstick around the fingers and then bash something with it") that came a few seconds into the video.

1. It took me about a minute and a half into a three minute video to realize they were singing in English.

Metal has never been my favorite genre, but this seemed pretty paint-by-numbers to me. Lots of growling, lots of rage, not much interest in the music. According to the Wikipedia article, Salem does incorporate a fair amount of Jewish material in their recordings, but I didn't see any in this particular offering. Anyway, more info about Salem can be found on MetalUnderground and in this interview.

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