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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

Oh god you guys, get real.

To everyone who thinks this albums their greatest work. THIS IS NOT In Flames's best album. To be fair if you're like the majority of this world and simply just like Nu-Metal or your mainstream Melodic Metal, then I can definitely see why you like this album. However for In Flames? not their greatest work. This album seems to be be based more on Anders "singing" choruses than Jespers and Bjorns amazing dual guitarwork (which is fine, if thats the way In Flames wanted to go.) Just do me a favor. Go buy Colony, listen to the songs, and note "Zombie Inc." skip to the bridge of that song and listen to one of the most beautiful dual guitar compositions EVER. I'm not trying to bag on this album, because in all honesty? I do enjoy Come Clarity quite a bit. It's just that I really really REALLY want the old days back when Jesper and Bjorn would blow my mind away. If you're a new fan, listen to this album (you'll love it I assure you. and try Soundtrack To Your Escape) If youre a fan of their old sound, then STAY THE HELL AWAY. =] but all in all, a good album. Just not the best that they couldve done. IN FLAMES WE TRUST.

Amazing album!

This is a freakin great album. For those of you neigh-sayers that think the world is afraid of death metal know this: There is nothing wrong with screaming and there is nothing wrong with singing but when you can do both very well, why not? Musically as a vocalist it is very hard to go from hard to soft vocals seamlessly. This is one of the few bands that will actually do that amazing hard to soft trick flawlessly. And whats wrong with Nu-metal? Nothing. It seems to me that a lot of reviews turn into a slamfest on a band for not being as "hard" as they used to be which is ridiculous and it shows a lack in musical knowledge and taste. Buy this album if you love metal AND Nu-metal and i guess if you only crave barking talentless vocals then you probably won't like this album. I prefer my vocalists to have RANGE whether it is screaming or singing or both... But that's just my opinion.


I thought this wouldn't be great, judging by people saying the other ones of theirs are better. But wow..... the songs Take This Life, Crawl Through Knives, and Come Clarity are my far. ;].


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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