Fires in Heaven

Salem - Fires in Heaven
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #492 / 794
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2020 Ratings: #790
Liked by 3 people
October 30, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Decent / Label
Witch House / Genres
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SALEM finally releases their sophomore album and all that time has resulted in songs with a strong atmosphere that pulls you into their world… not with big hooks, but with a cohesive vibe that will keep you coming back for repeat listens on a dark rainy night.


SALEM are back and are still capable of giving us the ultimate soundtrack to the end of the world as we know it.


Fires in Heaven is a more alluring invitation than ever to join them down in the depths.


Donoghue and Holland continue to be unmoved by the larger cultural forces around them, producing a record that doubles down on their best and, at times, worst impulses.

I remember many years ago; I think I was in the 4th grade when I stumbled upon witch house project, Salem, scrolling though EDM on my iPod. They appeared on the scene in the early 2010s, and while I find their sound has aged better than the dubstep of that electronic music era, it sounds a bit stale to me nowadays. The now duo just kind of dipped after releasing an EP in 2011, and for whatever the reason this comeback was tempted by, they are back, a full decade after their debut record. I was ... read more
(this is actually a bad review but anyways)

Back in the early part of the last decade, SALEM were a highly respected band and gained recognition for their signature, intimidating sound on their debut album. Now, not a drop of witch-house was left, and the group spun into often mediocre hip-hop beats with a mixture of mystical sounds.

2010 year. The year when such a thing as witch-house began to come to the masses. In part, this is due to the phenomenal debut album of the SALEM group - ... read more
This is bad.
SALEM's sophomore record still displays the duo's (formerly trio's) less engaging tendencies, however much like their debut a decade ago, "Fires In Heaven" radiates intoxicating and psychedelic energy resulting in an admirably cohesive listening experience whilst also experimenting further and distilling their sound since their debut.

Hate them or love them, I think it is a great disrespect to not at least give this album a chance. SALEM are pioneers. What they did for Witch House ... read more
It's all over the place, pretty cool. Trap influenced noise, house, electro-industrial, pop. It took a few listens but I quite like this.
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Track List

  1. Capulets
  2. Fires In Heaven
  3. Crisis
  4. Sears Tower
  5. Starfall
  6. Wings
  7. Red River
  8. Old Gods
  9. Braids
  10. DieWithMe
  11. Not Much of a Life
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Added on: October 16, 2020