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Album Review

In Flames' most recent LPs, 2002's Reroute to Remain and 2004's Soundtrack to Your Escape, made them poster boys for the dreaded "evolve or perish" maxim in heavy metal — a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't dilemma, where the din unleashed by jilted die-hard fans usually drowns out any positive overtures from both new and faithful supporters. However, such was In Flames' talent and reputable cachet coming into these experiments that the conflicting parties appeared to have pretty much fought each other to a draw by the time the Swedes unleashed their next opus, Come Clarity, in early 2006. Pre-release hype had actually hinted at a more uptempo record, and neo-thrashing numbers like "Vacuum," "Versus Terminus," and album opener "Take This Life" certainly delivered on that promise. But perhaps these were merely calculated concessions intended to get the usual grouches off the band's back, because the vast remainder of Come Clarity sees In Flames getting right back to this "evolutionary" business, and looking for new ways to express themselves through bite-sized melodic metal nuggets. Really, that's always been their standard m.o., and if current material like "Leeches," "Crawl Through Knives," and the superlative single "Reflect the Storm" let their catchy choruses speak louder than their guitars, more often than not — as long as those troublesome flirtations with nu metal are never mentioned again (and they aren't on this occasion) — there's absolutely no reason to get hysterical here. Sure, "Dead End" gets little to no traction from doing the beaten-to-death guest female vocal thing (provided by Swedish pop star Lisa Miskovsky) and "Scream" is an embarrassing candidate for one of those Jock Rock compilations, but the only overarching criticism that can be leveled the album's way is that some of its more unconventional offerings (such as the semi-balladic title track and atmospheric closer "Your Bedtime Story Is Scaring Everyone") have their full potential edited out of by the band's obsessive succinctness (that too, by the way, a career-long In Flames trademark). Ultimately, Come Clarity's trump card may well be those frequent — if altogether brief — resurrections of the thrilling twin-guitar harmony runs typical of In Flames' melodic death metal glory years (see "Pacing Death's Rail," "Vanishing Light," the aforementioned "Dead End"). Quite possibly reflecting a very considered act of strategic compromise on In Flames' part, it epitomizes this album's very successful reconciliation of past, present, and future, to come out overwhelmingly victorious in the end.

Customer Reviews

Come Clarity

Avec Come Clarity, In Flames est à son mieux. C'est mon album favori de ce groupe Suédois. La musique est puissante et la production est impeccable. In Flames est ce genre de groupe qui est capable de rendre mélodieux le Death Metal. Une chanson comme Dead End vient me chercher avec le contraste entre le chanteur et la chanteuse invitée. La chanson Come Clarity a une sonorité de guitare comme j'ai rarement vu dans le death metal, surtout avec le son sans distortion. IL y a aussi Versus Terminus qui se démarque, tout en restant dans le style particulier du groupe. Les autres chansons sont excellentes. C'est définitivement le meilleur du groupe!

My opinion about this album

This is probably one of the best album of the group. I really like Dead End and all of the rest!!!

It's one of the best band ever.

Come Clarity

In Flames nous montrent une fois de plus leur énorme talent avec cet album. Musicalement, c'est un album plus agressif que les deux précédents (''Reroute To Remain'' et ''Soundtrack to your Escape''). À mon avis Come Clarity est une bonne avancée pour In Flames. Si vous êtes un fan d’In Flames, procurez-vous ce disque, car à mon avis il se doit d'être connu.

La véritable note que je lui donne est 4.5/5

Les meilleures chansons sont; ''Dead end'', ''Come Clarity'', ''Crawl Through Knives'' et bien sûr ''Take this Life''

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Göthenburg, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After leaving Ceremonial Oath to form In Flames, founding member and guitarist Jesper Strömblad saw this project as a way of expressing his songwriting creativity rather than being stuck in the background. With the added influences of Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, along with his own touch of aggressive metal that overwhelmed his home country of Sweden, Wrong Again Records took notice and released In Flames' 1993 debut, Lunar Strain. In the tradition of many other Swedish metal acts, In Flames also...
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