The Safety Fire from London leave an ambivalent impression with their debut "Grind The Ocean". On the one hand, the British quintet delivers a damn relaxed technical show, on the other hand, the band doesn't want to succeed with outstanding melodies. And the stylistic range of singer Sean Robert McWeeney will meet with little approval, especially among prog traditionalists. Too often his nasty rage eruptions eclipse the technical subtleties of his colleagues (as well as his own clean voice). Two short instrumentals are also on board. In addition to the more traditional "Seagraves", the atmosphere of "Anomolous Materials" is particularly enchanting. Musically, The Safety Fire cover various extreme niches of the progressive genre. In addition to connections to established names like Mastodon, Cynic, Meshuggah or Watchtower, there are also intersections with bands like Periphery, TesseracT and/or Textures. Multilayered, original and progressive, The Safety Fire are already, now they just have to grow up.
Top track: Huge Hammers