|Review: In Flames - Colony|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 1999
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: April 16, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
As far as melodic Death metal goes, In Flames absolutely rules, and this album is there to prove it. The band members' musicianship is well represented in this 11-track album. The beginning of the second song also shows that the singer can actually sing :)(without the growling I mean.) While I love their previous albums, Colony is definitely an evolution for the band, which proves that you do not need to start playing bad hard rock to "evolve", unlike what a couple of other former metal bands want you to believe (I don't think I need to name them.)
I have to mention that I find In Flames' vocalist articulates a little more than some other melodic Death metal bands. I'm not much of a fan of growling vocals, but Anders Fridén manages a good balance that make him understandable throughout the album, without compromising the Death vocals too much.
Hmmm... well I don't actually have anything bad to say about this album :). This belongs in any metalhead's collection, period. Check their other albums as well, including the first two which have just been re-released on a single CD, Lunar Strain/Subterranean.
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