In Flames - _Colony_
(Nuclear Blast / PHD, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (9.5 out of 10)
Holy shit... I thought the Hypocrisy CD ruled. Before I can even catch a breath from the powerful onslaught of Hypocrisy I am slammed face first into the ground by the harmonious and death-defying masterful music of In Flames. "Wow" is all I can say. I was extremely impressed with their last effort _Whoracle_ (1998) and the previous one, the ever-brilliant _The Jester Race_ (1996). Seems as though as the years go on and expansion into their own realm of creativity opens up a bit more, this one-time death metal outfit has become one of the most impressive and truly groundbreaking melodic metal acts out there. It's so unique, yet so real in essence. The band manages to capture each time out a special sound or emotion as the record goes along, each time leaving us wanting more. As _Whoracle_ was a really above standard record from their previous efforts, it did lack in some melodic angles, though strengthened heavily by a masterful array of death growls and chants. This record has it all. Sharp guitar work, heavy drumming and an excessive amount of melody (in a good way!) make _Colony_ a beauty to behold. When will this creative energy be tapped up? Hopefully never. In Flames are the best at what they do and it'll be a blast checking them out at this year's Milwaukee Metalfest. You'd do no wrong purchasing this record. Keep it in mind, people.

(article published 15/6/1999)

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