The Safety Fire - Upstairs At The Garage

Having been buried deep in a studio for most of the year, it is rather exciting to finally have The Safety Fire back. Sophomore album Mouth Of Swords has been out for three days and the band are beginning their first headline tour here in London. The packed room tonight indicates I'm not the only one celebrating.

Instead of being rusty and having to readjust to a live setting, the band are on it right from the off. Buoyed by the added experience, confidence and maturity of that first cycle they ignite the crowd as they blast through songs both old and new with an almost frightening intensity.

Vocalist Sean McWeeney in particular has progressed massively, his voice now bolder and stronger, whilst his stage presence is far more engaging. It does become slightly unstuck as he muddles his way through latest single 'Yellowism', but they swiftly move on and leave that blip behind.

Tonight The Safety Fire prove they are back with a bang, one of the brightest new bands not just in their niche of progressive metal but across all genres. That deadly combo of sickeningly talented musicians, some great songs and a blistering live show adds up to one mighty fine evening.

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