It’s honestly an odder sight to see a modern rock band not heavily influenced by the likes of Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Judas Priest than not to see it. Those sounds and classic vibes have become all but inseparable with the genres we’ve come to know them as today, and while some bands manage to find their own sound some others morph their influences together with the band’s only personal flavors mixed into it thus creating their own sound, yes, but it’s not wholly their’s. There have been plenty of times where I’ve called such a thing lazy but if it’s done well, I’d have no complaints, and it’s in the case of the upcoming Salem’s Bend record that we’ve got just that.
Weaving together the sounds you’ve become very close to while then incorporating your own ideas to make a creation of your own is a thought that forms the very foundation of making music, and it’s no different here as Salem’s Bend brings together just about every single classic band of rock you can think of together in one melting pot to create an immensely rich cuisine loaded with flavor and identity. Heavy rock is the perfect vessel for such a sound that’s built off of infectious riffs and tremendous musicianship, and it’s “Supercluster” that piolets that vessel flawlessly as each track offers something new for us to sink our teeth into and get tons of excellence out of. The very nature of “Supercluster” adheres to the beautiful rules of heavy rock where the riff rules supreme but it is nothing if the band behind it all doesn’t have a single clue to what they’re doing, and that couldn’t be any further from the truth here as Salem’s Bend shows time after time that even though they don’t have the most storied of careers, their sound is one that’s not to be underestimated as it’s one that’s just as infectious as it is a damn joy to simply listen to. That’s a very important factor that many bands have been able to accomplish in our time which is awesome but to combine that and balance it well with reverence for your influences, the will to create your own music, and the talent to execute it well is far from common.
The world of heavy rock and it’s surrounding styles has never been more saturated than it is now, and it’s only thanks to bands like Salem’s Bend that we aren’t overwhelmed with garbage that makes the style an absolute dread to approach or a bore to listen to. It’s with “Supercluster” that we’re shown plenty of examples of crispy goodness to come out of this band, and nine reasons why they’re doing the classic bands nothing but justice.
“Supercluster” releases on May 24th via Ripple Music!
LISTEN to an advanced track from “Supercluster” on Bandcamp here.
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