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You get the
feeling Nuclear Blast keeps a gun to IN FLAMES' head, making sure
the albums keep coming out on schedule.
comes soon enough on the heels of WHORACLE, and is about as unexciting
and overrated. Why bother re-recording a song from the SUBTERRANEAN mini-album?
Probably because they were so uninspired they needed something to make
ends meet. I've never had a big problem with bands keeping true to a prior
album - if I thought the prior album was cool. WHORACLE was a step down
from THE JESTER RACE, and more so from LUNAR STRAIN. I could basically
write my complaints about WHORACLE and have a relevant review for COLONY,
but here goes anyway.
too many songs never evolve beyond a mid-paced tempo, which is the fastest
ticket to boredom. The riffs don't distinguish the songs because they
all sound the same, and in fact sound like riffs they decided not to use
on WHORACLE. It doesn't matter if you play fifteen notes in every riff
if you keep playing the same notes. People who still have wet dreams about
the return of CYNIC will find plenty to enjoy here, but I think such inarguably
good musicians as IN FLAMES can do and have done better. The more
aggressive songs here, like the opening track, have me feeling same as
JESTER RACE and songs like "December Flower." The vocals are
getting more clear, and the singing could almost be mistaken for James
Hetfield. The spoken word passes still sound like they're being delivered
by an arrogant "I'm such a laidback celebrity" prick. We've
been here before, and I didn't think it was much fun last time either.
This review copyright 1999 E.C.McMullen Jr.
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