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15th November 2011

salem kaddish

Metal Mind Productions present the exclusive re-release of 'Kaddish', the second studio album by Salem.

Salem is an extreme Metal band from Israel, pioneers of the oriental Metal movement and of the Israeli Heavy Metal scene. Most of their lyrics and music deal with political issues concerning the Jewish people and Israel with their music being a combination of doom/death Metal with oriental elements and high-pitched screaming-vocals.

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The band was formed in 1985 along with the newly born extreme Metal scene and soon released two demo tapes - 'Salem' (1986) and 'Destruction Till Death' (1987). After five years of being underground, the band released another demo, 'Millions Slaughtered' (1990). The demo sold 1,500 copies and led to a record deal with the German label Morbid Records. Their first studio albums, 'Creating Our Sins' (1992) and 'Kaddish' (1994) were released by Morbid Records and became the first Metal albums from Israel to gain worldwide success.

'Kaddish' is a concept album about the Holocaust. The opening song, 'The Fading', was played on MTV's Headbanger's Balls rotation and had the band elected as one of the ten best up-and-coming bands in the world by MTV and Kerrang!

'Kaddish' also featured a cover song in Hebrew called 'Ha'ayara Bo'eret' ("the small town is burning"). The song was originally a poem written in Yiddish by Polish-Jewish poet Mordechai Gebirtig in 1938, in response to the 1936's pogrom of Jews in the town of Przytyk near Radom, Poland.

National controversy led to the Israeli parliament discussing whether it was appropriate for a Metal band to play such songs. In 1998, now with Israeli label B.N.E., the band enlisted producer Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Fear Factory), who flew over to Israel to record 'A Moment Of Silence'. The album was released in 1998.

In early 2001, Salem signed a three-album deal with KMG/System Shock from Germany. Their fourth album, 'Collective Demise', was released in 2002, and was the most aggressive Salem album to date. In 2005 Salem released 'Strings Attached', which included eleven older songs now re-recorded with added string instruments. The album was also released as a special edition with a bonus CD, including four live performances from the Live Demise DVD, which was shot in July 2006.

Salem's sixth studio album was 'Necessary Evil' (2007). In June 2007 the band performed for the first time ever outside of Israel, during the Hellfest festival in France. Their seventh, most recent studio album, 'Playing God And Other Short Stories' was released in 2010.

The exclusive re-release of 'Kaddish' includes the exclusive bonus track 'The Edge Of The Void' (videoclip). New digipak edition, limited to numbered 1000 copies. The release date is scheduled for 12th December (World ex. USA & Israel).


1. Dying Embers
2. Eyes To Match A Soul
3. Kaddish
4. Above The Ground
5. Haayara Boeret
6. The Fading
7. Desert Prayer
8. The Edge Of The Void
9. Fear Of The Future
10. The One That No One Knows

Bonus track:
11. The Edge of the Void (videoclip)


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