IN FLAMES - "C.O.L.O.N.Y" (NUCLEAR BLAST)
One of the prime carriers of the flame of the Gothenburg sound have released "C.O.L.O.N.Y". It is difficult to write anything useful in this review, because the album carries on more or less in the same fashion as its predecessor, "Whoracle". The songs sound fine, the guitar melodies are classic, production is grade A. None of the songs stand out much, but that's primarily because they're all on a very high level to begin with (except for the superfluous "Pallar Anders Visa", an instrumental ditty).
"C.O.L.O.N.Y" is a little bit more experimental, caused by some clean vocals in "Ordinary Story", some distorted in "Scorn". Unlike with "Whoracle", where the lyrics weren't supplied with the promo, this time I just bought the album and did get to read the lyrics. Well, let's just say that In Flames is a lot better musically than lyrically (even apart from the many English language errors).
Don't expect a lot of surprises. But if you loved "Whoracle" you'll love "C.O.L.O.N.Y" too.
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Written August 1999
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