Inwards GermanyCountry Of Origin: Germany
Dew-Scented - Inwards

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Bitter Conflict
Life Ending Path
Blueprints Of Hate
Locked In Motion
Terminal Mindstrip
Feeling Not

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: January 14th, 2002
Label: Nuclear Blast
Categories: Death, Thrash

MetalBite Review by Tobias on 12/31/2001
Whether or not it was an obscure allusion to the writing of Edgar Allen Poe, I was a little tentative and perhaps suspicious of a band that would don a moniker that sounds like a new line of perfume by Lysol. But this album doesnít deliver visions of pretty girls on piers or a fresh clean smell on your kitchen floor. This is total destruction.

Inwards is a powerhouse of an album, shredding the bloody hell out of everything in earshot. Floryan Mullerís riffing sets up an audio phalanx of rolling thrash energy that simply devours. Unfortunately, the guitars do falter a little when it comes to the solos and even then the problem is mostly the mixing. The occasional squeal comes through fine, but when it comes to laying down a second guitar track to add in a solo, that could use a little growth, the mixing promotes it so much that it all feels unnatural. But this doesnít occur too often and is heavily overshadowed by the speed-riffing onslaught.

The vocals of Leffe Jensen are rooted in both the world of thrash-metal and that of death. Overall it is a very intense performance and not one track seems to out do another in this area. Whether thatís a good thing depends strongly on the listenerís need (or lack thereof) for eclecticism in metal performances.

The rhythm section is strong and fancy-free, which leaves a little to be desired, but is nonetheless a fierce and potent engine behind this weapon of devastation.

I feel that the worst enemy of this album is the production, primarily the sound mixing. Dew-Scented has the strength and potential to be the biggest and baddest of the thrash arena and they deserve a talented and meticulous production.

Bottom Line: It would be healthy for Slayer to start getting paranoid about the smell of grass in the morning.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 7
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 5
Originality: 7
Overall: 8

Rating: 7.2 of 10