Inside Out [Release date 24.02.17]
The Mute Gods return with their second album and like their debut it looks at the darker side of humanity and how we can’t continue on our current path without devastating consequences. A tardigrade, or ‘water bear’, is a tiny water dwelling micro-animal that can survive in the most extreme conditions. Hence the album’s title as these fellows will inherit the earth at some stage.
The band’s line-up remains that of Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson/Steve Hackett), Roger King (Steve Hackett) and Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson,/Joe Satriani) and they have certainly met their stated aim of a heavier, more metal tinged album.
Listening to ‘We Can’t Carry On’ you can hear the emphasis on heavier guitar parts and Nick Beggs singing in a heavier mode – fear not though he still keeps his melodic tone no Cookie Monster growls here!
The title track is the most instant tune on here, reminding me a little of Rush. It has the sort of chorus you will remember after just one listen and the various musical nuances then reveal themselves on each subsequent play.
There is one little ray of light in the album on the closing track ‘Stranger Than Fiction’, a lovely piece of music and vocal that hopes that love can help in changing things for the better, even if just on a personal level.
Hopefully the Mute Gods will do another album as in a recent interview they said that would depend on how well this album was received and sold. It certainly deserves a place in any progressive music fans collection. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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