metal talk
instagram Facebook Twitter RSS
metal talk
'Grind The Ocean'
(Century Me)
Release Date: 9th April 2012

Phil Kane

phil kane

the safety fire grind the ocean

Art is full of artists clamouring for your attention whilst allowing themselves the conceit of feigning disdain for commercialisation and popularity. Very worthy they all are too but the reality is that no matter how 'out there' artists would like to be regarded, none can deny that when the rent needs paying and you've got to eat, the Yankee dollar can shout very loudly indeed. A good example is this interesting little album.

'Grind The Ocean', The Safety Fire's debut long player, is a 47 minute chunk of what can only be described as musical disruption. An annoyed mix of predominantly screaming hardcore and sporadic jazz, to some it might be regarded as alt Metal, others will see it as progressive Metal. Maybe these boys would prefer to be regarded as avant-garde. Free form Metal jazzcore anyone?

Article continues below...

Whichever, it seems the band would rather pander to its own cleverness than create a piece of art that might actually sell. As soon as it realises it's in a groove, off it goes somewhere else and woe betide any listener who manages to slip inside the album willing to be immersed in the music because instead they will just get a damn good kicking for daring to be there.

Throughout there are short sections of tranquillity, the Yes like 'Seagraves', 'Anomolous Materials' (should that be Anomalous?) and parts of the title track that are bookended by the Metal heart of the album. It turns in an instant from full on Heavy Metal madness to thoughtful serenity, throwing in jazzy guitar passages before it jumps back into scream Metal.

Apparently the band has a reputation for stretching and testing the boundaries of technical and progressive Metal. Well, 'Grind The Ocean' certainly tries and is an involving listen but the band needs to decide what it wants to do: make music that people will buy, or remain very 'out there' and hungry.

The band should really have taken their best ideas and honed them but instead they have thrown everything into 'Grind The Ocean', ultimately resulting in a schizophrenic pastiche that lacks a hook.

So, is 'Grind The Ocean' a contender for album of the year as others have suggested? Er, no I don't think so. Does the band need to learn to properly work an idea? It would seem so. Does the band need to find a better balance between artistic bloody mindedness and commercial viability? Yes it does. Will your neighbours find it very annoying? Oh fuck yes.

If you like your music to be complicated and chaotic then this album will suit you down to the ground. It might even prove perfect as a soundtrack to the inner workings of your own mind. It is, however, a slow burner that might be worth investing in. As the listener, all you have to do is supply lots of patience.





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



Your Email Address:

Travelling To Wacken From:

Your Telephone Number:

Your Enquiry:


metal talk © All written site content is copyright 2008-2017, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.