Wednesday, November 4, 2015

REVIEW : Saffire / For The Greater Good (2015)

Saffire was born in 2005 when two friends,Victor Olsson and Dino Zuzic, decided to put a band together based on old-school melodic hard rock and heavy metal but with a fresh air. After months of searching and auditioning, the duo was joined by Magnus Carlsson, Martin Järbur and Gustav Elowson.

They recorded and released two demos, an EP and after a few line-up changes Saffire signed with Inner Wound Recordings for the release of their debut album ”From Ashes to Fire”. The album gained some really positive reviews and the band toured and played with bands such as Slayer, Steel Panther, At the Gates and Sabaton.

The new record, ”For The Greater Good”, consists of 11 songs written by Victor Olsson and Tobias Jansson. It was mixed and partly recorded at Sound Industry Studio by Arnold Lindberg (Evergrey, Ghost, Hardcore Superstar) and mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Mustasch).

So, enough talking, let's talk about music! The new album kicks-off with the impressive and in-your-face rocker tune of "The Great Escape". This is an old-fashioned melodic heavy rock anthem that features a heavy riff, passionate vocals and a memorable chorus line. For sure, this one seems like the perfect appetizer! Next, "Casters Of The First Stone" is heavenly influenced by classic bands such as DIO and Rainbow while "For The Greater Good" is a more straight forward and commercial hard rock cut and for sure another highlight! "Shadow land" includes a nice groove, 'crunchy' guitars and a catchy chorus and it's among my favorites from this record. The heavier and very DIO-esque "Wake Up The World" is a good one while in "Blame It On The Rain" we are dealing with yet another killer melodic hard rock monstrous track!!

Bottom line is that Saffire with this second step achieve to release an extremely interesting and solid record that includes a bunch of some killer tunes in it filled with a strong dose of late 80's melodic hard rock/metal sound and some 'modern' pinches as well.

Rating : 8/10

Track Listing :
The Great Escape
Casters Of The First Stone
For The Greater Good
Dandelion’s Shame
Wake Up The World
As Promises Burn
Blame It On The Rain
Ghost Town
This Is Not The End

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