When metal seems to be speeding back up and rife with growling, incomprehensible vocals, Mount Salem go the other way. rooted in Black Sabbath-style dirge riffing, the band has a wild card in singer/organist Emily Kopplin. And she is a real singer, not a screamer. The lyrics are doom-laden, which creates a cool dichotomy with Kopplin's pretty voice. Only one year in as a band, one that started with the members on different instruments than normal, they have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records, announced by the label Monday afternoon. Their first release for Metal Blade will be an expanded re-release of their debut EP, Endless, containing two additional tracks, in the spring of 2014.
"As soon as Will Palmer from our UK office brought Mount Salem to our attention I knew we had to have the band as a part of our family," says Metal Blade A&R rep Kelli Malella. "Their sound is haunting, melodic yet heavy, and makes the listener nod their head as they take in all the grooves the band lays out in their vintage style of rock and doom metal. I'm really looking forward to getting the full-length version of Endless out to the masses as the new tracks I heard were catchy as hell and flow perfectly with the rest of the album."
On Endless, the quartet of Kopplin, guitarist Kyle Morrison, bassist Mark Hewitt, and Cody Davidson on drums stomp their way through six tracks. Sabbath influence is especially present in "Full Moon". It starts off slow and menacing and shifts to a trampling death march. "Hysteria" is definitely not a Def Leppard cover. It comes on like "Iron Man" and settles into a steady, stalking rhythm - a tale of nightmares, seemingly, come to life. The EP is chock full of creepy imagery and evokes the feeling to accompany it.