FATES WARNING — Inside Out (review)

FATES WARNING — Inside Out album cover Album · 1994 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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Inside Out is something of a less metal version of their previous album, Parallels, but don’t let that scare you away. There are still several great songs on here. In fact, there is not a single song on the album that I dislike. It is a very consistent effort by the band with several memorable choruses and with great vocal delivery by singer Ray Alder. His vocals are phenomenal in “Shelter Me”, “Island In The Stream”, and album closer “Afterglow”.

Guitarists Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti play with a lighter, more melodic approach than on past albums, but I’m a fan of the results. The guitars on “Pale Fire”, “Down To The Wire”, and the instrumental “Inward Bound” certainly falls under melodic territory. There are some parts of the album where there is a more metallic attack on the guitar (parts of “Outside Looking In” and “Monument”, for example), but overall nothing overly aggressive in nature. Despite this, I’d still brand the album as a metal album by a metal band.

While the album has more of a laid back vibe, this doesn’t mean drummer Mark Zonder is going to be satisfied playing straightforward drum parts. His signature playing style is in tact and can be heard on tracks such as “The Strand” and “Face The Fear” among others. Unfortunately for bassist Joe DiBiase, his presence on the album isn’t as recognizable, with only his playing in “Monument” being immediately noticeable.

Though lacking in heaviness in places, Inside Out is an excellent album that prog metal fans will certainly appreciate.
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