Alice In Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
02. Pretty Done
05. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
06. Lab Monkey
07. Low Ceiling
08. Breath On A Window
10. Phantom Limb
11. Hung On A Hook
Deliberately side-stepping the band’s sad history of injuries and deaths and the religious controversy surrounding the title The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, we now have access to an album that, whilst wallowing in its own melancholic tones, drags you back more closely than ever to the kind of immersive, organic experience that the Staley-era Dirt offered up.
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Noyan and Dez --- Separated at birth?!
It’s always a treat to hear a promising young band release their debut album with such hype and acclaim and completely follow through, starting their careers with an enthusiastic sprint out of the gate. The Safety Fire‘s debut album Grind The Ocean is already one of the best releases we’ve heard this year, and if they’re this strong as it is now, then these British prog/tech metallers have the potential to be giants in the genre in a few years time. While out on their first ever American tour alongside Protest the Hero, Periphery, Jeff Loomis, and Today I Caught The Plague, Noyan caught up with The Safety Fire in their Baltimore stop to talk to guitarist Derya “Dez” Nagle about the tour, their humble origins, and their debut album Grind The Ocean, out now on InsideOut Music.
So, your new album is out. How’s the reaction from the fans so far? How’s the tour?
It’s been amazing so far. Being the first time we came out to USA, we didn’t know what to expect; so to come out to shows and see people knowing the songs is a massive thing for us. We had no idea that there’d be such a positive reaction. Also, people who didn’t know us turned around and getting into the music and having comments like, “Wow, I never heard you before but now I’m buying the album,” from seeing us live is amazing. It’s been great so far.
So, you guys dropped onto the international scene out of nowhere, so what’s your story? You guys are kind of an enigma.
The band started literally when we all got our instruments at 15, and it’s been the same lineup since then. We progressed in an oldschool fashion like bands like Deftones and Alice in Chains kind of thing where high school friends become bands. That’s what we are, instead of finding other musicians with the same color that then make a band, we developed altogether. It was a long process. The band as The Safety Fire kind of started maybe in like 2006 or 2007 when we started to write music kind of in the style of what we write now.
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Set the Dial
01. Brewing the Storm
02. Bring Me Darkness
03. Ender of All
04. Mass Devotion
05. Carved in Stone
06. Set the Dial to Your Doom
08. This Time is Divine
09. Growing Horns
10. Crossroads and Thunder
For quite a while now, Georgia has breed its fair share of bands that all utilize that brand of southern-tinged music, albeit to a much heavier degree. Bands like Mastodon, Baroness and Kylesa have made a name for themselves and despite their different paths, they’ve all retained certain characteristics such as massive hulking riffs, booming vocals and an all around gritty sound. And in the case of their backwater brethren, Black Tusk, they are no different. But what sets Black Tusk apart from the other bands is there no holds barred approach to writing high-energy hard rock/metal music that bodes well their overall hell raising attitude. And with the release of their latest album, Set the Dial, Black Tusk continue that formula, bringing back that southern hospitality which will undoubtedly have you banging your head and stomping your feet!
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Well, this isn’t good.
Coheed & Cambria Bassist Michael Todd was arrested yesterday afternoon for armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy in Mansfield, Massachussetts. He claimed he had a bomb and demanded Oxycontin. As reported by TMZ, he apparently made off with six bottles of the stuff and jumped into a taxi, but cops quickly tracked him down.
All this while Todd was on his way to play show opening for Soundgarden that night at the Comcast Center. Ouch!
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this, but as a Coheed fan it’s obviously very disappointing and disturbing. Todd has a past history of heroin/painkiller addiction, but supposedly he has been clean for years. Either way, this is definitely a surprising new low, and I would imagine he just may be out of a job when he gets out of jail.
Coheed & Cambria are pressing on, with their touring keyboardist Wes Styles filling in on bass for the remainder of the tour. The band issued the following statement via their website:
“Michael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour. Wes Styles, longtime member of the Coheed family, will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be canceled.
We are surprised, to say the least, and will address the situation with Michael after the tour. For now, we just want to have a great time out here and finish with some killer shows in Boston, Poughkeepsie, Quebec City and Halifax.”