"Grind the Ocean" (InsideOut Music/Century Media; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

The Safety Fire are progressive metal and they are from the UK. This is their debut disc and it's a whole lot of progressive metal! The vocals of Sean McWeeny are in-your-face but he also sings clean on a few tracks. It's not the progressive metal that most are use to; in fact, it may turn some off because of the vocals. The music is what really speaks here. The time signatures are incredible and the solo runs are worthy of a second listen.

Since most people associate progressive metal with clean vocals and songs that develop as they go, they might not find all they want on "Grind the Ocean." I listened for the music and liked what I heard but the vocals did get in the way. They almost push the music out of the way at times. The two guitarsaws rating I gave it is twofold - "So-so. You've heard better" and my own two guitarsaws for the two guitars used to make the progressive metal sound here.

The Safety Fire: Sean McWeeny - vocals; Derya 'Dez' Nagle - guitars, producer; Joanquin Ardiles - guitars; Lori Peri - bass; Calvin Smith - drums.


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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