The Safety Fire
Grind The Ocean


4.0
excellent

Review

by TBliss2 USER (24 Reviews)
May 4th, 2012 | 16 replies | 2,009 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Safety Fire really have offered up a veritable feast for their long suffering fans.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Having formed back in 2006, Londons The Safety Fire have certainly bided their time in releasing their debut full length, managing still to gain a strong following through a series of UK tours and the widely lauded 'Sections' EP. However, whether it be through shrewd tactics or merely right place, right time, 'Grind The Ocean' proves to be entirely en vogue with its heaving technicality and shimmering melodicisms.

What is immediately apparent here is the bands absolutely stellar musicianship. Opener 'Huge Hammers' employs some spiralling riff work and juddering grooves, the meloncholic 'Circassian Beauties' floats on a bed of delicate lead lines and sparkling atmospherics, whilst 'DMP' pummels and soothes in equal measure. Indeed, there is not a track on 'Grind The Ocean' that does not prove to be an instrumental tour de force. Yet, as with any modern metal outfit worth their salt, the songwriting still manages to remain at the forefront.

Such is the expansive and progressive nature of the songs, it is the vocal performance that manages to tie the tracks together. Sean McWeeneys harsh attack is utterly decipherable without compromising on aggression, and his clean melodies, such as in the fantastic 'Floods Of Colour', have a majestic, ethereal quality which not only make them wholly engaging, but also ramp up the infectiousness. The hooks are not enitrely reliant on the vocals however. Although highly dexterious, much of the guitar work ebbs to and fro with a satisfying stomp and danceable swing which pleasingly offsets much of the technicality.

The Safety Fire really have offered up a veritable feast for their long suffering fans. Taking in an abundance of genres, from post-rock to jazz to hardcore, 'Grind The Ocean' is as dynamic as anyone could ask for and displays yet again that the British metal scene is undoubtedly thriving. Worth the wait.



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MTObsidian
May 4th 2012



118 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I have wanted this ever since I heard "Huge Hammers" a couple months ago. That song is awesome.

I feel like maybe you could have elaborated a little more overall, but then again I am a long-winded kind of dude. Good overall.

TBliss2
May 4th 2012



504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers man. I dont tend to write long reviews often, not really my style.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2012



8318 Comments


Huge Hammers was pretty cool and the other track I listened to, Circassian, was decent as well, but I don't really fancy these djenty records in full.

Review is ok, but a little depthless, like MTObsidian already pointed out.

bloc
May 4th 2012



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Twas boring

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

wacknizzle
May 4th 2012



12638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Loving Floods of Colour and Huge Hammers, haven't listened to the rest yet.

Digging: Systems - Ghost Medicine

TBliss2
May 4th 2012



504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you enjoyed those I think you will like the rest man

Evreaia
May 4th 2012



3954 Comments


DMB (FDP) is best song on this.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

wacknizzle
May 4th 2012



12638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ill probably get this when I go to the record store to get the new Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, then ill listen to the rest.

Evreaia
May 4th 2012



3954 Comments


THAT album is going to rule so hard!

wacknizzle
May 4th 2012



12638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thats what I'm hoping for.

Evreaia
May 4th 2012



3954 Comments


Tracks released on youtube have been really good so far. Especially "Through The Thicket... Across Endless Mountians"

TooLateToGoBack
May 4th 2012



1753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The vocals really put me off the first time I listened to this. Eh, maybe I'll give it another shot.

BugZoid
May 5th 2012



331 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know I love the production levels, the individual talents, etc., etc., but the album overall was just kind of a dull experience. There wasn't a whole lot distinguishing each song from one another. They are all good separately, but as an album it really does drag a bit.

xandermander
May 5th 2012



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Excellent review. The first two tracks are absolutely incredible

FuzzyWookie
May 5th 2012



139 Comments


"Brevity is the soul of wit" - Hamlet. The length is fine.

TBliss2
May 5th 2012



504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^haha, agreed man, cheers.



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