Label: Graviton 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Inmate is a rather dodgy monicker in my opinion. Are they refering to themselves in the future to come or could it have anything to do with their music? It's not a death metal album, and it's certainly not pop/rock either for that matter. I'd say that 'Free At Last' sits somewhere in the middle, sort of like Gojira or the Swedish outfit Dead By April only worse and not quite as interesting, but what do I know? In fact, there are tons of other acts out there with a very similar sound at the moment.
The album has got lots of energy though, and it keeps bouncing along to every little bump and metal grind. The lyrics are sort of religious at times and this surprised us the most actually. Do bare this in mind while listening to tracks such as "Written In Blood", "Overcome" and "Healing". Would this be a hidden agenda? perhaps not, but God is not on their thank you list? This implies either that the album has nothing to do with their beliefs or that the five-piece expect their listeners to make up their own minds?
Neither of above possibility has much to do with the actual quality of the band and their material. The music itself may not cause any stigma problem and I don't think there's many born again Inmate believers out there. 'Free At Last' feels unfocused and without any original ideas. The growler is annoying and the material feels more like mosaic than music.