Ashes To Fire' is the debut album from Saffire and the follow up to the
2011 EP 'Kingdom Of The Blind'.
from the hot bed of Rock and Metal Gothenburg, Sweden, this quintet of
Victor, Tobbe, Dino, Anton and Magnus mix that 70’s traditional Hard
Rock sound with a modern Progressive edge, aided by the powerhouse
musicianship and a top class vocalist.
album is a multi-faceted magic carpet ride that gets underway with
‘Magnolia’, which is far from being a bland painting by numbers
exercise, as they set out their stall from the off, with a heady bass
line infused with a keyboard that paves the way for the thunderous drum
beat and guitars, all of which is capped off with a towering
vocal. A real barnstormer of an opener.
here on in, the multi-faceted carpet ride takes us to the next level,
continuing with the heavy bass lines but this time a more keyboard
infused slice of Hard Rock with ‘Kingdom Of The Blind’, before
picking it up a gear with the storming almost Deep Purplesque ‘Freedom
it's back that modern edged vibe with ‘End Of The World’, again a
driven bass line and keyboards drives this one, with the tuned down
guitars given it that modern feel, then its another switch as the tempo
is brought down with the soaring tones of ‘What If’, which brings in
a Progressive side to things, courtesy of a wonderful orchestral stings
back up to speed once more with the funk filled splendour of ‘A
Symphony Unheard’, before the truly epic soundings of ‘Paralysed’,
my pick of track off the album. A definite winner for the Prog
Metal fans this one. That same Prog Metal vibe is continued with
the excellent ‘Modus Vivendi’ and the thumping ‘The Betrayer’s
a torrent of heady bass it's time once again to bring the tempo down
again, this time it's the vocals and keyboards that get the ballad
‘She Remains A Mystery’ underway.
modern mix and traditional Hard Rock comes to a head with the
magnificent ‘Say Goodbye’ and the bass laden ‘The
Redemption’. All journey’s must come to an end and this one
ends with ‘Stormy Waters’, a song that has more layers than a
lifetime of emotions, and wraps up a great album that showcases the
diversity of the talent coming out of not just Gothenburg, but Sweden as
by: Barry McMinn
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