Only one and a half years after their first album "Grind The Ocean", the five London-based up-and-coming prog-metallers The Safety Fire have released their follow-up CD "Mouth Of Swords". Guitarist Derya "Dez" Nagle not only took over the lion's share of the songwriting, but also the gaudy production, which also allows for quieter nuances ("Wise Hands"). The title song already suggests that singer Sean McWeeney has reduced the roar factor a bit, making the music more accessible. Despite the more rock-like approach, many nested passages have remained, which end in a frivolous-furiose middle section in "Beware The Leopard (Jagwar)". Also the closeness to the Djent, which the quintet is often attested to, is still present, especially in the second half of the CD. The typical basement riffs and the contrasting clean/ shout vocals are often used here, which ultimately has a detrimental effect on the individual's independence. It's also noticeable that with the exception of "Old Souls" all songs on "Mouth Of Swords" sound relatively similar - there's still room for improvement.
Top track: Mouth Of Swords