In Flames
Come Clarity


3.0
good

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
December 30th, 2006 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A departure from their earlier works, with some enjoyable tracks but also plagued with a couple of boring and noise-ridden moments.

In Flames, juggernauts of Swedish metal, have now spanned a career lasting over a decade. Releasing such influential albums as The Jester Race and Colony, this band used to be a force to be reckoned with in the Metal Music Business. But in later years, the band's music took a change for the worst. Clayman was still an excellent album, but Reroute to Remain saw the band taking a new direction splitting people right through the middle, and Soundtrack to your Escape was just a complete disaster (bar the track Evil In A Closet.)

In Flames have got to prove their doubters wrong. Come Clarity could have been a total redemption. They could get their total fanbase back with one ***ing mofo of a record. But is Come Clarity what In Flames should have sought in their music?

The answer is: partly. Most of the album is still centered around the riffs and choruses, and harmonies/solos are still taking a back seat to the heavy riffs. Tracks such as Take This Life are exemplary of what the band did in recent years. Those songs won't convert back their fanbase, just get some new fans from the metalcore/nu-metal scene. In Flames veer more towards that nowadays, while they are not nu-metal in my opinion (the Iron Maiden influences are too obvious), they sure as hell try to reel that crowd in. But in my opinion, In Flames are sacrificing their musical talent here. In Flames used to have a knack for great solos and riffing, but Anders' premature voice wouldn't give on their older albums, especially hindering Whoracle from becoming greater than it is. Anders' voice has improved over the years, peaking at this album. But at the expense of this comes the guitar playing. While Jesper and co. were on fire during Whoracle, Colony and Jester Race, and even Clayman, they let me down here. The solos are less numerous and not even there on some songs. They are more prevalent than on STYE, and they redeem songs such as Come Clarity and Reflect The Storm from total disaster, but as a rule, In Flames stick to their new formula.

This makes for a whole load of unenjoyable and filler tracks. Take this Life is symptomatic of this. Whereas an opener should be a captivating song, kick you in the nuts and drag you into the album, on this album it is just meaningless noise. In Flames need the melody back in their songs, and they start off bad. Leeches continues in this vein, the chorus is alright though, still not what I'm looking for.

Reflect the Storm sees things finally picking up with a hugeass solo. The rest of the song is still In Flames trying to be what they're not, commercial metal, but things are starting to look up as the boys try to reel the old fans back in. I'm still not a big fan of this track, but it at least goes somewhere.

In Flames then decide to experiment with a female singer, a Swedish POP singer called Lisa Miskovsky. It sounds a bit like Evanescence in my opinion, forgive me the comparison, but it sounds like that, except the guitars are less stuffy, and the vocals don't blow. Lisa is definitely a good woman behind the mic, they should have her cooperating more in the future, I find it makes for a very nice change in In Flames songs, definitely a gold star here. Anders' voice is still a bit hoarse, but it works for the song, and it's better than the guy that did guest vocals on Bring Me To Life. At least I can listen to this guy now. (Earlier on, that's something totally different.) Also a guitar solo brings life back into the band. A definite plus here.

Scream then goes back into the boring filler path, suffering from Soundtrackitis again. In Flames alternate good songs with bad songs, and the chorus is just laughable. This reminds me of Children of Bodom gone bad.

However, the title track is a home run grand slam for the band. Possibly the most emotional song In Flames have ever done, featuring Jester Race style acoustic guitars, something I have sorely missed in STYE, is a track like this. The lyrics are angsty, just like the rest of this album, but the chorus is sung in such a way that I can start to appreciate even Anders voice. And the solo at the end is just pure sex. I can understand people calling this song a sell-out, but dammit play this on the radio. I'd much rather have this.

Vacuum is another Scream-style track, except slightly better, also the chorus redeems this. The rest of the album continues in this boring fashion, with the exception of Versus Terminus (love the chorus), and the bonus track, Your Bedtime Story Is Scaring Everyone, which is almost four minutes of ambience before any sort of vocals or guitars kick in, but when they do, they rock your world off.

Overall this isn't a consistent record. Some songs are absolutely ace, but others are symptomatic of the new formula, which can lead to very dull filler moments. It's not a comeback to form. But it is a step in the right direction, anyhow. I however have my doubts that In Flames can release another Clayman or Jester Race, but they shouldn't; they should just mix the new and the old style better. I at least have hope that they can record a decent album. But In Flames manage to underachieve, and that is sad, because with their talents they can do great things Let's just keep our fingers crossed that the next release is a real return to form.



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Thor
December 30th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good review, and I share plenty of thoughts with you on this album. I thought Dead End was an awesome track.

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godLike
December 30th 2006


126 Comments


I like the riffing and the catchy chorus in Crawl Through Knives and in some other songs I think, but I can't remember exactly the names. Pretty good LP as far as I can tell.


northerncomfort
December 30th 2006


106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love take this life. The chorus blows me away.

Good review.

Shadows
Moderator
December 30th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel much like this review. A good album but still not up to par with the likes of their oldest albums. Better than Soundtrack and R2R, at least.

Confessed2005
December 30th 2006


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a bad review but I really liked this album. But you backed up your points so kudos for that.

metallicaman8
December 30th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty awesome album art there.

Pebster49
December 31st 2006


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree with you mostly except I thought "Crawling Through Knives" was a standout song. Also, the lyrics are pretty creative, their not completely emo or whatever they call it now

Altmer
January 1st 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't like CTK at all haha

FR33L0RD
June 26th 2007


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree with a lot of what you said in your review Altmer
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LifeInABox
June 26th 2007


3709 Comments


I agree with your statement about the title track. It's amazing.

panteraloveslife
June 26th 2007


9 Comments


yea because he can't hit any good notes and his voice is overly raspy and not good at all. that just makes a great wannabe ballet.

Eakflanderyof
June 26th 2007


2143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hated this album at first, but it grew on me. My favorites are Leeches (the solo is sex), Reflect the Storm, and Come Clarity. Vacuum is pretty good as well. It contains my favorite riff on the album right after the quiet, Hawaiian sounding part.

Great review, but I disagree about Anders' voice. His best vocals performance was on TJR, imo (his worst was on STYE). He does some great vocals on this album as well, especially in the song Leeches, though.

I also agree with your view on Come Clarity. I hated it as first as well, but the acoustic beginning is just awesome. I like to play it on the guitar

MO
December 22nd 2010


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album has some ok moments, but it's overall just all one big filler song

Pillbox
December 22nd 2010


67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I disagree strongly. I really like this album. The first two songs are not my favorites but every song on this album is interesting. A huge improvement over STYE and R2R.

Leviathan8937
June 17th 2011


264 Comments


Come clarity is the best album made by in flames since clayman , I hope their new album will be a decent effort

Hawks
June 17th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a good album, but In Flames has always been overrated for the most part.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2011


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last song is weird.


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Yazz_Flute
June 17th 2011


18874 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Forgot how good this album is. Besides Scream and the last song they're all pretty damn good.

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LegionOfTheDamned
October 5th 2011


3 Comments


I liked this album, but the singer gets on my nerves... He can't do real harsh vocals for toffee, and his cleans aren't great either.

Spec
March 23rd 2012


27297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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