SALEM's King Night via UPS. Album-opening title track one of the best songs of the year. Grimy, writhing Gothic juke. The absolute epitome of epic, complete with "O Holy Night" as its sardonic backdrop.
"Asia" a banging-down-the-door, claustrophobic, trapped-in-a-dungeon-type song. What little melody or vocal arrangement exists is simply buried beneath the synth-sludge.
"Frost" an airier, slower and tighter version of itself, sounding a bit different but not necessarily better than the version that appeared on an earlier 7" from Audraglint.
The album, in a sentence, is heroin-laced horror-hop, screwed to the sixth circle of Hell.
Or, in a phrase, rohypnol wave.
Gimmick or greatness? Mostly greatness.
SALEM - King Night
SALEM - Asia
SALEM - Frost (7" version)