in flames ride on the glory road
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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