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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

3.55 | 213 ratings

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4 stars With Plenty to Inspire

Re-phrasing the refrain from "Pale Fire", I deny to accept that Inside Out has been overlooked just because it falls between two legendary Fates releases, Parallels and APSOG. Rather than tagging this as a continuation of Parallels, we'd better take a look inside - shall we?

Inside Out has a great fundamental advantage: it flows uninterrupted from the first moment you hit play till the last notes of "Afterglow". The music and melodies follow the recipe of Parallels, while the inspired lyrics continue the deep emotional search of their makers. The majority of compositions are restricted to 4-5 minutes without extended solo sections, overly virtuoso passages but rather treading safely on beautiful melodies and one of the best vocal performances Alder has delivered. The distinct Fates character with the trademark twin-guitar metallic sound is enriched with an AOR and 80's Rush feeling, investing heavily on an accessible sound.

A characteristic example is "Pale Fire" as the backing (clean) and front (distorted) layers of guitar-playing mingle so successfully that most of the tunes in the album stick to your mind and you replay that album once more - this happens with only a handful of albums in my collection. There are no real highlights in Inside Out as all songs seem to be part of the same story-telling; an album that shows Fates at their most mature, even if the super-elaborate/technical aspects have taken a back seat.

Highly recommended.

aapatsos | 4/5 |


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