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Come Clarity CD (2006)

Artist: In Flames

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in flames ride on the glory road

by inflames99@rediffmail.com on 10/9/2008

Due to the controversy revolving around this album I feel obliged to begin with a little prelude: Come Clarity is yet another release from the Swedish godfathers, In Flames, that has been largely criticized by a huge portion of their fan base. Many Flames lovers abandoned the band after changing their sound with the 2001 release Reroute to Remain and continuing the evolution with the 2004 album Soundtrack to your Escape. The way I see Come Clarity is a perfect fusion of their older sound with their newer one to create an all new original masterpiece. But now on with the review. Come Clarity opens with an instant highlight of the album. Take This Life offers fast and heavy guitars, harsh vocals, and a melodic clean vocal chorus. Everything that seems essential in an In Flames song. The two following songs, Leeches and Reflect the Storm, are no disappointments either. Leeches is one of the heavier songs that this CD has to offer while Reflect the Storm is one of the more melodic ones. Side by side they contrast each other nicely. The next notable song would be the title track, Come Clarity. This song is probably the main reason why so many people had a problem with this release. It isn’t that this is a bad song it just seems somewhat out of place on this album. It features only clean vocals and a very catchy chorus that repeats a few too many times. I think this would have been a more solid album if they just left this one out. This song is followed by two fillers which aren’t bad at all however just not worth going in detail about on the review. Crawl Through Knives is undoubtedly one of the strongest songs this CD has to offer. It has great guitar work, nice lyrics and vocals, with an awesome clean chorus. My only wish is that they saved this one to close the album as the remaining songs aren’t nearly as strong. So there you have it, another release from In Flames. Hate it or love it I think this is how the band will stay for future album’s as apparently they have no interest in returning to their Swedish death metal roots. If you decide to never forgive them for that and aren’t willing to embrace the change the band has made then you will most likely continue to be disappointed with future releases this band puts out. However if you are willing to listen to this music with an open mind I think you will be very pleases with what you will hear.

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Garnering a respectably sized international audience with 2004's Soundtrack To Your Escape, Sweden's In Flames followed up two years later with another fierce set of forward-thinking metal on Come Clarity. As always, the Scandinavian ensemble deftly mixes various strains of the genre, incorporating thrash, hardcore, and death metal to create a formidable whole that's unremittingly aggressive yet still relatively accessible. This is due in part to vocalist Anders Friden's focus on melody, occasionally playing down his tortured screams in favor of straightforward singing, as best revealed on the propulsive "Take This Life" and the plaintive title track. As committed as ever to scathing guitar lines and jackhammer rhythms, In Flames produced, perhaps, its strongest and most confident outing yet in Come Clarity.

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Label Ferret Records
SKU 202176272
UPC 828136006228
UPC 14 00828136006228
Format CD
Release Date 2/7/2006
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Author In Flames
Credits
Vocals Anders Friden
Guitar, Bass Bjorn Gelotte
Drums Daniel Svensson
Artist Bio
In FlamesIn Flames has been one of the leaders of the underground metal movement for over 10 years. With over 1,000,000 records sold worldwide and coming off a successful tour as part of Ozzfest 2005, where they shared the festival?s main stage with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and others, the time is ripe for this Swedish quintet to continue their ascent. The band?s recent success, as well as that of their counterparts -- including Killswitch Engage (whom they co-headlined with in 2004), Shadows Fall and Lamb of God -- has paved the wave for metal bands to break through to the mainstream.Over the last ten years, In Flames has defined an entire musical movement, placing them at the forefront of the next revolution in heavy music and on the verge of exploding and exposing the mainstream to a whole new sonic experience. Many critically-acclaimed albums have laid the groundwork, and now In Flames stand poised to blow the gates wide open.
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Artist In Flames
Label Ferret
Music Format Compact Disc
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Alternative Press One of the most important bands in metal.
Guitar World metal giants...In Flames have redefined the standard by which extreme music will be judged.
Kerrang Magazine A multiheaded firebrathing monster of an album.
The Chicago Tribune ...taut aggression, subtle harmonics and ornate riffing...equally precise and vigorous...
The New York Times ...big, minor key melodies with chunky rhythmic sections...influential...

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