Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of the Chicago, IL four-piece psychedelic rock/doom metal band Mount Salem featuring the talents of Emily Kopplin (vocals & organ), Cody Davidson (drums), Mark Hewett (bass), and Kyle Morrison (guitars). Metal Blade is preparing to release the band's sold out EP Endless in the spring of 2014, which will include two brand-new tracks making the release a full-length.
"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. 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," says Kelli Malella of Metal Blade Records A&R.
"Coming up listening to Metal Blade bands that have influenced mine and countless others' musical taste, it never crossed my mind that I might be a part of such an influence. We are very excited to meet new people, play with some new bands, see new places, and have a good time! We are honored to be a part of Metal Blade, a label that has such a great timeline of music history. We are looking forward to contributing to that history as well. See you out there!" says Mark Hewett, bassist of Mount Salem.
Mount Salem started writing music together in the summer of 2012 and released their first EP, Endless, in the spring of 2013. The band puts a strong emphasis on tone and feeling in both their songs and live performances alike. Most of the band switched from their normal instruments and picked up new ones for this band and the result was much more natural than they had hoped for.
Taking influence from the classics like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, they play loud, heavy rock and roll using all vintage gear. Throwing their own twist of dark and mysterious doom into the music, they invite the listener to step into their sinister realm. The imagery in the lyrics will take you on a ride in which you won't know whether to be scared or grab a sword and join the battle. "Endless feels like it's trapped in the nightmarish head-space of a psychic medium on a bad trip," says Mister Growl of MisterGrowl.com
Mount Salem has toured the Midwest, South, and East coasts. Sharing the stage with bands such as Windhand, Weedeater, Bongripper, LO-Pan, Mothership and Howl. Mount Salem has fit on a wide variety of heavy shows and brings a live act to counter their music. "This is music that creates images, demands attention, and engages all senses," says Mister Growl of MisterGrowl.com
Metal Blade Records will release the extended version of Endless containing two additional, brand-new tracks in the spring of 2014, which will be followed by a West Coast tour. Mount Salem is currently touring and writing for a follow up full-length. See tour dates below:
Mount Salem fall tour w/ UZALA and Mike Scheidt from YOB
10/18 Madison, WI Wisco w/ Orogen
10/19 Chicago, IL Township w/ Bongripper and DJ Stavros
10/20 Columbus, OH Ruby Tuesday's w/ Before the Eyewall
10/21 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus Bar
10/23 Providence, RI Dusk w/ Bog of the Infidel
10/24 Worcester, MA TBA
10/25 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie w/ Heavy Temple
10/26 Baltimore, MD Ottobar Autumn Screams Doom Festival II w/ Serpentine Path, Churchburn, Loss, and more
10/27 Wilmington, NC Reggie's 42nd Street Tavern
10/28 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 w/ Caltrop
10/29 Athens, GA Max Sidebar w/ Demonaut
10/30 New Orleans, LA Siberia (early show) w/Red Shield
*If you are interested in booking a show with Mount Salem on one of the TBA dates or between New Orleans to Chicago please contact the band at [email protected]