INSIDE OUT is an average album that possesses a few good moments, namely in Mark Zonder's performance on drums. Beginning with the excellent PERFECT SYMMETRY, the band began to increasingly temper their aggression while aiming for a more mature and accessible progressive sound. This strategy offered slightly diminished returns on PARALLELS and is even a bit less inspired here. The first half of the album is a fairly tepid affair, but starts to improve with the more old school metal riffing of "Down To The Wire" and even "Face The Fear". There are some fine performances by the band, but the songwriting just isn't all that compelling here.