MetalBite Review by Luka on 5/9/2001
Every good band must evolve and change its sound to avoid becoming stale and predictable, and on "Colony"
, the path In Flames
would eventually take becomes clear. A lighter, more melodic type of death-black metal sound that is being hailed by some as the "greatest thing to happen to metal since Maiden" is what they deliver with "Colony"
. While I donít share such an appreciation, I still canít resist the simple charms of this album.
At first they seemed like a second rate Children Of Bodom
, but I eventually realized that these guys have a unique sound of their own. Anders Stromblad and Blorn Gelotte shower us with neat melodies and skillful fretwork behind Anders Fridenís vicious vocal assault. I have to admit that of all the death metal singers, this guy probably has the most likeable vocals; he just seems to put more feeling into his singing and doesnít stick with one sound.
The guys usually use the same method to write their songs. "Resin"
is the perfect example and shows the typical "Colony"
song buildup. Starts off with some really good melody, goes for the verse, chorus, verse and a few more attachments before it explodes right back into the melody again. From that point progressing to the solo or further melodies. And the simple formula works very nicely for all songs, although there are one too many filler songs on here like "Scorn"
and "Zombie Inc."
that bring "Colony"
down as a whole.
Painted by the renowned artist for metal albums, Andreas Marshall, the cover for "Colony"
is remarkable, although, like the lyrics, I still donít understand what the hell itís about. Most of the lyric lines on the album deal with some kind of science fiction storylines, near as I can figure, which just further separates these Swedes from their black metal counterparts who constantly seem obsessed with the "medieval" theme.
Perhaps the best of the new melodic death genre, In Flames
seem to be the leaders of this Swedish movement, which seems to have gained followers like Amon Amarth
and many others. "Colony"
is good, but there is too much filler material here to make it great.
out of 10