• Record Label: Iamsound
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2010
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Rave horns echo like WW2 sirens being played on a fucked-up ghetto blaster while the cast of House Of 1000 Corpses do their best Gucci Mane impressions--an interesting, if perhaps slightly contrived, oddity.
  2. With a backstory that includes gas-station hooking and heroin addiction, Michigan electro-extremists Salem are spooky straightaway. Then their quicksand sound sucks you down.
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    50
    The rest of King Night is, for the most part, similarly forgettable.
  4. Dec 14, 2010
    50
    It's been a hella long time coming and may, ultimately, be about as soul curdling as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but Salem's first blood King Night is still an enjoyably daft crypt kicker.
  5. This is not a one-hit wonder situation, or even an album with only one good song. With King Night, Salem exhausts all its resources in a singular moment, which leaves the rest of the record to suffer through its own paralysis and mediocrity.
  6. 40
    Seedy, feel-bad music. Half-dead, sometimes gorgeous, and willfully dumb beyond repair. Call it alienation porn. Sound awful? Well, it is kind of awful--and rivetingly so.
  7. As the Chicagoan trio defines it on their debut album King Night, witch-house is a curious blend of aesthetics.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 10, 2010
    9
    For me the album of the year in an exceptional year, because of a whole raft of reasons. It sounds obvious but the range of influences is soFor me the album of the year in an exceptional year, because of a whole raft of reasons. It sounds obvious but the range of influences is so contemporary and original. Seems a blur of Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Crystal Castles, wigged out dubstep, hiphop, JJ, electro, Gary Newman and even the Cocteau Twins. Like MIA's Kala it seems to the years most "now" release. Ive been flogging this album and How to Dress Well's debut to death and am surprised by Pitchforks low score for this - it will always be divisive - theyre both great albums but Salem shade How to Dress Well, it must be one of the most glaring omissions from Pitchforks 'best new music' tag this year. Really interesting outfit, even the ugly stupid rap parts seem to add to the idiosyncrasy. I don't think this is getting the kudos for the consistency of the tracks, all are worthwhile and most very good to excellent, def one of the top ten releases of a stellar year. Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2011
    10
    Prepare yourself for one of the gloomiest albums youâ
  3. Nov 7, 2010
    7
    Overall its good. There are a few songs that sound too similar to each other and a few that sound cheesy. Hound and Redlights are the onlyOverall its good. There are a few songs that sound too similar to each other and a few that sound cheesy. Hound and Redlights are the only songs that really stand out. Full Review »