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on 9 February 2006
This is a really good album.
Whilst obviously it dosnt compare to the likes of colony or whoracle, the band has evolved with the times. I would say this is easily the best thing since clayman, the tracks are fresh and well constructed. The clean vocals/techno elements have been toned down a little since stye though the majority of the choruses are still anthemic clean vocals.
In Flames have really nailed the choruses here with tracks like Take this life and Crawl through Knives sticking in your head all day. One of the great strengths of this album is diversity and changes in mood; from classic IF colony esque guitars to ballads to a female guest singer on dead end. this means its almost impossible to get bored of this album.
The lyrics have vastly improved since stye, with some deep and throught provoking songs abouty society and human existance (going back to pre clayman days), songs like vaccume and our infinite struggle describe far more than the personal stuggles on stye (though those havn't dissapered e.g. come clarity).
Whilst they may now be a different band to the one that recorded colony, there still damn good. In Flames have shown themsleves to be head and shoulders above the rest writing, intelligent, varied and catcy songs. this is a great album that not just metal fans but music fans should own.
Highlights: Take this life, Reflect the Storm, Crawl through knives