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The Safety Fire - Words Of Mouth

The Safety Fire
Words Of Mouth
by YngwieViking at 02 September 2013, 6:38 PM

Nowadays, the Progressive Metal is a weird tag, on one hand we have the old school guard from the DREAM THEATER / FATES WARNING filiation's spirit, on the opposite hand, we should notice bands like PERIPHERY or THE CONTORSIONIST, they  popularized the style for the juvenile crowds under a new rebellious wing, but what is good on this now, relatively confused genre, is that you’ll never know what you have to expect, in this crossover of style, who’s going to predict the new tendencies, as the James LaBrie’s latest musical directions or who is going to be clever enough to describe the concept for the COHEED AND CAMBRIA's next release for 2016? Do you wish to bet?

The first album by THE SAFETY FIRE was quite good but not groundbreaking nor something revolutionary either, this time they manage to find a new "in a middle of the road" sound, far from the modern hermetical or too cerebral type of music played by THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN but more in the contemporary side like CYNTHESIS ("Old Souls") meets BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME (on a related note: Tommy Rogers is guesting on the great track "Beware the Leopard (Jagwar)") meets BLACK VEIL BRIDES , the latest influences are present in some catchy melodies such as the title track which is by far the best song out of this “Words Of Mouth”. Indeed, the Djent flavors are just a few, way under the traditional ratio, and clearly inferior than it was, in their previous works, but the guitars are still heavily down tuned yet diversified and the growling trick is under the 20% rate, I think they replaced it by a more Alternative kind of vocals approach (“Red Hatchet”) in the worst case or updated it an Neo-Prog high pitched singing in the more encouraging cuts (“Wise Hands”).

The Mathcore factor is also very discreet, even if the playing is still quite challenging ("The Ghosts That Wait For Spring") and revealing a kind of complexity but the whole is directly embellished by a straight focus mode, as a more Rocking powerful attitude, mostly displayed in  the energetic dynamic range  (“I Am Time, The Destroyer”), maybe the only distinctive trace is found in the everlasting use, of an ultra-compressed clean guitar sound, in the very same design as ANIMALS AS LEADERS or ZERO HOUR, an element that was borrowed originally by Mathcore bands to Prog Rock acts in the middle of the 00s, the loop is now complete I think.

The controversy in the constant use of the qualifying locution of Progressive music, and the little war of words between purists and young fan boys isn’t valid here anymore, as i think that the band is really worthy this terminology, the boys had also improving (progressing ?), both in their songwriting method and in the hyper pro recording toward something strongly interesting, even if they required to work more in the melodic vein to perfectly match with my conception of ‘how a gang from the British Prog Metal's ancestry should sounds’ but I truly believe that THE SAFETY FIRE is a band ready to reinvent itself again and again , that’s for me the true meaning of that four letter word: Prog.

3 Star Rating

1. Mouth of Swords
2. Glass Crush
3. Yellowism
4. Beware The Leopard (Jagwar)
5. Red Hatchet
6. Wise Hands
7. The Ghosts That Wait For Spring
8. I Am Time, The Destroyer
9. Old Souls
Sean McWeeney – Lead Vocals
Joaquin Ardiles - Guitar
Derya "Dez" Nagle - Guitar
Lori Peri - Bass
Calvin Smith - Drums
Record Label: InsideOut Music


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