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Saffire - 2015 For The Greater Good

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ARTIST: Saffire
ALBUM: For The Greater Good
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Tobias Jansson - vocals * Victor Olsson - guitar * Anton Roos - drums * Dino Zuzic - keyboards * Magnus Carlsson -bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Great Escape * 02 Casters Of The First Stone * 03 For The Greater Good * 04 Heartless * 05 Dandelion's Share * 06 Shadowland * 07 Wake Up The World * 08 As Promises Burn * 09 Blame It On The Rain * 10 Ghost Town * 11 This Is Not The End



First we had Safire. Then we got Sapphire. and now we've got Saffire. What's in a name? This Swedish combo might be new to the melodic rock scene (thanks to AOR Heaven), but they have been around a little while. 2005 is when they first formed. In fact, 'For The Greater Good' is their second album. Their debut 'From Fire To Ashes' was released on Inner Wound Recordings back in 2013, this label were primarily involved with bands operating in the prog metal genre. So what do these guys sound like? Well, there's a bit of traditional rock organ in their sound (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep), but overall they have a modern progressive rock meets progressive metal sound which fuses other Swedish bands operating in the same sound-space. Think bands such as Cloudscape and Constancia. I'm not hearing any AOR here, though some other blokes elsewhere on the web reckon there is. Err nah..

The Songs
Regardless, there are some moments definitely worth a listen and a rewind. It's not all samey either. Variety is definitely served up, as each track offers something a little different. If you're playing this front to back, you might think your media player is on random-play across a whole bunch of albums. But no, it's the one album, so get prepared for the ride. Gotta love the Purple/Heep swirly organ intro to 'The Great Escape', but never fear. That's about where the comparison starts and ends. I much prefer it when Saffire head down a heavier path. The title track 'For The Greater Good' features some groovy parts (bass and rhythm guitar) coupled with strong vocals and ever-present organ. A song like 'Shadowland' is another good example. 'Wake Up The World' is an expansive 5 minute workout, stalking and prowling rather than hit and run. Intense mostly, though there are change-up passages. 'Ghost Town' on the other hand is a stomping tune and keeps things at the busy end of the scale. 'As Promises Burn' floats across my speakers. A poignant piece, keeping true to form as a near progressive rock masterpiece. Very nice.. So too the closer 'This Is Not The End', which finishes affairs on a subdued note.

In Summary
An interesting blend of prog and melodic rock styles. Certainly not your typical release from Georg Siegl's AOR Heaven label. The predominant organ is a bonus, and thankfully it doesn't dip into that retro prog or classic rock ring-fence. The arrangements and delivery ensure this is a modern sounding CD with a lot of merit. Another good album at 2015's year-end. The final month is becoming a bit of a countdown. My top 10 has never been so threatened!

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