It’s been a pretty busy eighteen months for London tech-metal band The Safety Fire. They were signed to Inside Out Music in the summer of 2011, and since then have released their debut album Grind The Ocean, produced more than a few videos, and toured extensively, including a huge run in the U.S. supporting Protest the Hero with Periphery, Jeff Loomis and Today I Caught the Plague and a short UK stint with Gojira (both in springtime this year), and a European trek with Between the Buried and Me and Periphery (again) more recently.
To cap off the year, they have put out a documentary (a lot of which was directed and edited by guitarist Derya Nagle) detailing the beginnings of the band many years ago and the process of recording the album, amongst other things.
There are a few interesting tidbits on offer, including that Jens Bogren was involved in Grind The Ocean‘s production process – he who has also engineered the likes of Devin Townsend’s Deconstruction, Ihsahn‘s After, Amon Amarth‘s Surtur Rising and Bilateral by Leprous.
It’s lengthy, but well worth a watch. Grind The Ocean is a stunning debut from a very talented set of guys – full of catchy hooks and a unique flavour I’ve not found anywhere else – and is certainly a contender for my year-end best-of list.