In Flames
Come Clarity


3.5
great

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (58 Reviews)
July 13th, 2006 | 13 replies | 3,055 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Yes I know this review has been done may a time before and the other reviews will probably totally eclipse mine... but In Flames have really come back to full form with Come Clarity. After taking an experimental turn with their two previous albums, the legendary 'Gothenburg Melodeath' band are back to what they do so well; fantastic intertwining harmonised guitar leads, pummeling metal riffs and some truly wonderful vocals from Anders Friden. So, enough with the fanboyisms - a review awaits.

The packaging of this album alone made me want to purchase it. Incredibly poignant artwork embosses the booklet and inside, the lyrics are scribbled amongst more rather twisted images... well it is a metal album. The opening riff of hit single Take This Life beats your brain with it's almost arhythmic opening riff. All in all, it is a fantastic opening to the album; Anders sets the pace with some brutally delivered lyrics and a soaring pre-chorus. Quite simply, the chorus is epic; every member of the band is really throwing everything into making the overall atmosphere as thick as possible. What makes this album so amicable is not just the brutally clear production; it is the emotion you can FEEL from it. The guitars chug and chime along with some excellent drumming and solid bass - yes, in amongst the more 'metal' aspects, there are some subtle signs of keyboards and synths. This is most notable in the intro to the second track, Leeches.

Track two continues to bring the listener to their knees with some brutally heavy, melodic and poignant metal. The chorus of the song is quite literally immense; possibly my favourite part of the album (except Crawl Through Knives) is where they shift into the full chorus. A truly mesmerizing moment on the album.

Now, don't get me wrong here; this album is exceptional in many aspects. What does hinder it though is that it flows together seamlessly...so much so that it takes a good few listens before you can differentiate between some tracks. The title track is truly immense, bringing forth acoustics, soft singing and some fantastic lyrics. The album is full of quirks; Dead End features Lisa Miskovsky doing some female vocals. She works very well with Anders but overall, it just does not match up with the other tracks.

Crawl Through Knives is possibly the best track of the album in terms of instrumentation and a truly impressive vocal performance from Friden. He goes so brilliantly from some truly fantastic screams to some heartfelt cleanly sung sections within a matter of seconds. Again, in typical style, the chorus is absolutely immense. This is definitely a recommended download if you have not already heard the album or you want something a little different to Take This Life.

Overall, the album is quite spectacular, considering everybody thought that the band had 'sold out' or whatever. Aside from minor flaws, the album itself is of great quality - however, the final track Your Bedtime Story Is Scaring Everyone is rather odd in that it harks back to the experimental stages shown in previous albums. It is by no means bad but it is certainly an acquired taste. And if I say so myself an absurd song title. But in all honesty, if you are a fan of In Flames or 'Gotherburg' style melodeath than this is a must own.

Of course, if you are looking to get into some good modern metal which is done by the best - this is also a good place to start.

Recommended Tracks

Take This Life
Leeches
Come Clarity
Crawl Through Knives



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great album, good review.

Thor
July 13th 2006



10186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was enjoyable but I think it gets more hype than it really deserves. Good review, though.

Confessed2005
July 13th 2006



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I do like Dead End quite a bit - it is just I prefer the four I chose. To be honest all the tracks are brilliant. Thanks for the kind comments everyone...

Thor
July 13th 2006



10186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed. Leeches is probably my favorite song on the entire album. I love the catchy sing-along chorus and harmonized solos.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Leeches...

/faints

south_of_heaven 11
July 13th 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed. Leeches is cool. And while Dead End is a good song, I think it might be overhyped.
But Crawl Through Knives pwns.
Good review, btw. Short and too the point

Arrakakaka
July 21st 2006



685 Comments


Whoever threw this in metalcore needs to be hung upside down and forced to read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe" to small children. Period.This Message Edited On 07.21.06

ChrisAdlerisGod
July 21st 2006



474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How do change the subgenre???? In Flames are not Metalcore!!!!

Blokus
July 21st 2006



155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Um...sorry to break it to you, but they're not in the subgenre, metalcore.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yes they are. Their main genre is Death Metal, but look on their main page, and the secondary genre for them is now metalcore.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't see why it matters.

south_of_heaven 11
July 21st 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In Flames? Metalcore? No, no, no. This does lean a bit more towards it at points, like on 'Scream', but their older stuff is far from it.

Confessed2005
April 26th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Long time since I checked this review.

My opinion has changed slightly however; it is a good album but I certainly wouldn't rate it as highly as I did back then.



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