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INSIDE OUT

Fates Warning

 

Progressive Metal

3.55 | 213 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. Very similar to the "Parallels" album but not as strong. There is a theme to this record as the band lyrically looks at our thoughts and feelings we all have hidden inside. The album title attests to this as well as Hugh Symes' art work. There is a picture of a turtle hidden inside his shell on the back of the liner notes, and the front cover is the same colour as the turtle's shell with some white symbols going vertically down the left side. If you turn the front cover sideways you will see these symbols are really the words "Inside Out". The band thanks guest musicians George Hideous, Fidel Horrendous and Sal Mortadelli. Haha !

"Outside Looking In" is I think a good example of a song that doesn't fit Ray's vocals very well. His vocals on "Parallels" and "Perfect Symmetry" are amazing, but like on "No Exit" there are some misses here, very few though. In Ray's defence he has really improved the range of his vocals as witnessed on the REDEMPTION record where he has wowed any who have heard it. "Pale Fire" would have fit well on the "Parallels" album. It's a mid paced tune with great vocals and guitars."The Strand" was written by Frank Aresti and the lyrics are incredibe as is the chorus.

"Shelter Me" is a beautiful song with some terrific guitar. "Island In The Stream" is one of their best songs ever. Jim's lyrics are amazing and the music he created to go with these words do them justice.The guitar is delicate and so tastefully done. The song just seems to drift away down the stream until the music ends.The next two songs, "Down To The Wire" and "Face The Fear" are ok but don't do a lot for me. "Inward Bound" is a way too short instrumental that is emotional and beautiful. "Monument" is one of my all time favourite FATES WARNING songs. Enough said. "Afterglow" is a mellow song with reserved vocals. I like the way the guitars slowly grind it out in the background at times.

Overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this record to anyone even though it may not be one of their strongest.There are too many songs here I just can't do without.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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