“…No way man, Exodus and Testament are total dad bands. Its all about Sleeping With Sirens.” With all due respect to SWS and their fan base, this generalized sentiment has become all too common in todays metal community. While most of the younger generation of Metalheads may completely agree that thier elders need to give up the aggression driven ways of the past to make room for skinny jeans and cartoonish sized holes in various body parts, there is one band coming to us from the abyss that was formerly known as Detroit, that gives zero fucks about trendy looks and nine string breakdowns.
Salem Justice, the second release from Michigan based Pick Axe Preacher, is a non-stop rail gun of an album from start to finish. With no warning, no air raid sirens, and not even the courtesy of a gift basket, Salem Justice will annihilate your eardrums with a relentlessness set to rival the bombing runs in Kuwait.
I’m not quite sure what snapped with this guy, but vocalist Mike Williams is pissed off and for 11 tracks he screams with such an animalistic rage that you are given no choice, you HAVE to like it. Mike Hopper has managed to create what is possibly the most disgusting guitar tones and riffs this journalist has ever heard which is in complete contrast to what most bands are doing these days. This true grit may not be pretty, but it translates beautifully in a world where things may have become just a little too crisp. The only real concern I have for the band falls on drummer, Jeff Vergiels. If this guy doesnt get a sponsorship from Gatorade soon, I do’n know how he can be expect to perform even one track from this album. His level of intensity and never ceasing movement is as scary as it is awe inspiring.
The new age of metal is here and it is presumably going to take root and stick around for at least the near future. Pick Axe Preacher have proved with Salem Justice that not only can they out play the new trends, not only can they go harder and heavier, they can do it all in Ninja Turtle costumes. Why? Because fuck you. That’s why.
KEEP IT METAL,
\m/That Metal Fan\m/
Check out Pick Axe Preacher at one of their upcoming shows:
- August 1st- Fort Wayne, Indiana @ O’Sullivan’s Italian Pub
- August 7th- Fort Wayne, Indiana @ Skeletunes Lounge
- August 21st- Westland, Michigan @ The Token Lounge
- August 22nd- Wattsburg, Pennsylvania @ Wattsburg Fairgrounds
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