Inner Thought - _Perspectives_
(Dwell Records, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (
Since the first time I heard Inner Thought, I found it hard to believe that one man, Bobby Sadzak, could compose the masterpieces that are Inner Thought's songs. Perhaps you have heard his name before, that's because Bobby was once in the legendary Canadian band Slaughter, who, along with their American contemporaries, pioneered the death metal genre. On this record Bobby plays guitar, programs his drum machine, and plays keyboards. The only other member of Inner Thought is Dennis Balesdent who's superb vocal talents grace this release. The CD starts off with "Words" which gives the listener a taste of the brutality and intensity that is to follow. This entire album was recorded with the help of drum machines, however that's not to say that the power of the drums have been compromised in any way. On the contrary, this is probably the best use of drum machines I've heard since Skrew. Also appearing on "Sanctioned Situations", "Tortured", and "Autodogmatic" are female vocals care of Mary Giordano. These, mixed with Dennis' brutal growls, create an amazing complementary effect. My favorite song here is "Tortured", which starts off with a sample and proceeds into one of the best riffs on this album. This track truly encompasses all aspects of Inner Thought with its keyboard section and female vocals close to the end of the song. Another favorite is "Rack of Lethargy", which appeared on the Utopian Vision Music double CD compilation, _Sonic Obliteration Part I_. This song utilizes an array of samples, techno beats, driving guitars and both clean and growled vocals to give the listener a unique listening experience. I'd recommend this album to all fans of death metal, and even industrial. A superb release to say the least.
(article published 11/18/1996)
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