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  • IN FLAMES – Colony
    In the Swedish market place there are countless great melodic-death acts, In Flames is no exception. Colony, to me, is really the obvious progression after their last release, taking the melody one step further with this album… but under NO Circumstances selling-out. It’s called progression folks… I also love their older works. [Jester's Race is likely my favorite IF album.]

    From the opening track of `Embody the Invisible’ onwards the listener is captivated by their ability to mix pure brutality and melody. Luckily this does not let up… every song is equally amazing. They also re-did, one of my favorite songs, Behind Space (Which was originally off Lunar Strain) with Anders on the Vocals.
    Bjorn and Jesper are one of the best guitar duo’s that have ever graced the Metal World. Peter’s Bass is low and rumbling and provides a great back drop for the guitars. Daniel’s Drumming is perfectly calculated… he is able to use simplistic (yet by no means do I mean Simple) drumming styles and always seems to add the right touch to the songs. Then of course you have Anders, whose voice (Prior to this point in their career.) sounds better than ever.
    [Also after seeing the band live the other night I could not believe how good of a Vocalist he really is... Amazing!]

    No matter what your feelings are of newer In Flames, Colony is an amazing album which is highly recommended for any fans of Melodic Death. It is probably the best of the `old vs. new’ In Flames war. Also make sure to check out their previous work, Jester’s Race, and Whoracle. After these albums came Clayman, (Also great.) Reroute to Remain, (Different but good.) Soundtrack to Your Escape, (Less a few good songs it is easily their weakest.) and also their Latest, Come Clarity (Which is there best since the Colony/Clayman days)

    Favorite Songs: Behind Space 99, Embody the Invisible, Insipid 2000, and Zombie Inc.
    -5 Stars

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    Posted on December 31, 2009