Sep 17

The Safety Fire – Mouth of Swords (2013)



This year rising English band The Safety Fire releases their sophomore album Mouth of Swords. This band pushes the boundaries of progressive metal, giving it a feel geared towards alternative rock and jazz while incorporating the heavier aspects. They became popular in the UK metal scene and have been growing ever since; they scored a deal with label InsideOut Music, toured with well-known acts such as Periphery, and played at the Sonisphere Festival in 2011. The Safety Fire definitely has big things on the way, and this album is a great way to start.

I definitely have some favorite songs off of this record. The Glass Crush is a catchy melody filled with mesmerizing sweeps and a pop-inspired hook. Red Hatchet is one of my favorite songs. It begins with impressive guitar work that catches you unexpectedly. The track progresses into an array of melodic undertones with rough composition and vocals. When the chorus comes in and the hook follows, you become engulfed in the mellifluous vibe. This intricate mixture of tones is extremely addicting. Wise Hands is a completely different manner. The whole song surrounds a softer atmosphere with jazz-inspired riffs. It’s by far the most uplifting out of all of the tracks.

I will say, you have to take your time with this band if you’re a first-time listener like I was. They’re extremely different, and at first it could be a bit weird to listen to. I’m more of the old school death metal and technical/progressive death metal fan, and honestly I didn’t care for this album at all when I heard it the first time. The second time around I definitely gained an appreciation for the musicianship and the unique sound. I especially want to point out guitarists Joaquin Ardiles and Derya Nagile. Their work is phenomenal on this record. But overall, my advice is to take it easy the first time around and I guarantee with the second listen you’ll find certain aspects — if not the whole album – that appeal to you.

The Safety Fire is starting to turn heads and gain an international fan base. This album is going to lead to bigger things for The Safety Fire. I can definitely see this band becoming a household name soon. Beyond the release of Mouth of Swords, this band is doing a lot of impressive touring. They’re currently on The Parallax II tour supporting Between the Buried and Me, The Faceless and The Contortionist. In December and January they’re touring the UK and Europe with Protest the Hero, Tesseract and Intervals. This band is going to change how we perceive metal.


09/13 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
09/14 Knoxville, TN NV
09/15 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
09/16 Jacksonville, FL Brewster’s Roc Bar
09/17 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
09/19 Houston, TX House of Blues
09/20 Austin, TX The Mohawk
09/21 Dallas, TX House of Blues
09/23 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
09/24 Salt Lake City, UT Murray Theater
09/26 Mesa, AZ The Nile
09/27 W. Hollywood, CA House of Blues
09/28 San Diego, CA House of Blues
09/29 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
09/30 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
10/01 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
10/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
10/04 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/05 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/07 Calgary, AB The Republik
10/08 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
10/09 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre
10/11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
10/12 Chicago, IL Metro
10/13 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
10/14 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
10/16 New York City, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10/19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
10/20 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
10/21 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
10/23 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
10/24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
10/25 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom


06.01.14 Germany Karlsruhe @ Substage
07.01.14 Germany Nürnberg @ Hirsch
08.01.14 Germany Berlin @ Magnet
09.01.14 Germany Hamburg @ Logo
10.01.14 Sweden Stockholm @ Klubben
11.01.14 Sweden Gothenburg @ Fängelset
12.01.14 Norway Oslo @ John Dee
13.01.14 Day Off
14.01.14 Denmark Copenhagen @ Vega
15.01.14 Day Off
16.01.14 Belgium Aarschot @ De Klinker
17.01.14 France Paris @ Divan du Monde
18.01.14 France Toulouse @ Le Saint Des Seins
19.01.14 Spain Madrid @ Copernico
20.01.14 Spain Barcelona @ Sala Boveda
21.01.14 Day Off
22.01.14 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
23.01.14 Italy Milan @ Zoe Club
24.01.14 Austria Salzburg @ Rockhouse
25.01.14 Austria Wien @ Szene
26.01.14 Hungary Budapest @ Dürer Kert
27.01.14 Day Off
28.01.14 Germany München @ Backstage
29.01.14 Germany Leipzig @ Conne Island
30.01.14 Luxemburg Esch-sur-Alzette @ Rockhal
31.01.14 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
01.02.14 UK Brighton @ Concorde 2
02.02.14 UK Birmingham @ O2 Academy2
03.02.14 Day Off
04.02.14 UK Sheffield @ Corporation
05.02.14 UK Glasgow @ Classic Grand
06.02.14 UK Manchester @ Academy2
07.02.14 UK London @ The Electric Ballroom
08.02.14 Holland Dordrecht @ Bibelot



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

Genre: Progressive Metal

Label: InsideOut Music

Playing Time: 45 Minutes


Sean McWeeney – Vocals
Joaquin Ardiles – Guitars
Derya Nagle – Guitars
Lori Peri – Bass
Calvin Smith – Drums


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