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Salem's Wych

Formed: 1983
From: MI, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Salem's Wych News

Below is our complete Salem's Wych news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Salem's Wych Singer Killed In Motorcycle Accident

Ron Johnson, of the metal band Salem’s Wych died at 11:22 a.m. on April 23, 2007 in Lima, Ohio, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Ron was survived by two children, his life companion Cindy Ritchie, a mother, father and a sister.

Salem’s Wych was one of the original 80’s bands along with Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Helstar to usher in a style of metal that went on to later be known as Thrash Metal.

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Proud Promotions Brings Heavy Metal To China

Proud Promotions of Hong Kong has announced that they will be releasing music compilations of several genres — including heavy metal — into Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. These releases will be part of an approved cultural exchange program that Proud Promotions has arranged with the Chinese government.

As part of their initial campaign, Proud Promotions will be sending compilation CDs in English representing pop, rock, country and metal music to both government-run and independent radio in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.

For this venture, Proud Promotions will be placing liner notes in Mandarin with the CDs to assist program directors in promoting the bands. Each CD will also contain audio announcements in both Mandarin and English on the CDs before each song, stating the song's title and the name of the band performing the song along with a short history of the act.

SALEM'S WYCH, known for being one of the initial '80s bands to usher in the thrash and power metal music movement, have been chosen by Proud Promotions to be the first metal band to be placed on their compilation CD, which is set for release in May of 2006. Proud Promotions will also be working with retailers in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China to bring rock band t-shirts, CDs and pop culture items to market, branded in both English and Mandarin.

Bands interested in being included on future Proud Promotions compilation CDs can write to: hongkongproudpromotions@yahoo.com (attention: Hung Park).

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Salem's Wych 'Betrayer of Kings' CD Is A Bootleg

When contacted about the new Sun Knight re-release of Salem's Wych "Betrayer of Kings", Mark Gast responded:

"It is not an official release it is a bootleg, once again someone is ripping off our fans with a bootleg claiming it is the real deal."
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