Come Clarity

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Band Name In Flames
Album Name Come Clarity
Type Album
Released date 03 February 2006
Music StyleMelodic Death
Members owning this album745

Tracklist

Also available in limited edition with DVD taking back the first 12 tracks.
1. Take This Life 03:35
2. Leeches 02:55
3. Reflect the Storm 04:16
4. Dead End 03:22
5. Scream 03:12
6. Come Clarity 04:15
7. Vacuum 03:39
8. Pacing Death's Trail 03:00
9. Crawl Through Knives 04:02
10. Versus Terminus 03:18
11. Our Infinite Struggle 03:46
12. Vanishing Light 03:14
13. Your Bedtime Story Is Scaring Everyone 05:01
Total playing time 47:35

Review @ WarMetal

29 December 2005
After a « Soundtrack to Your Escape » not much convincing, the JESPER STRÖMBLAD’s band is back with « Come Clarity », an album that will arouse again a big polimic between partisans and detrectors of the band's new orientation.

The newborn is enough different from « Soundtrack to Your Escape » (STYE) insofar as we feel that the sweedishes try to make more efforts to produce a much melodious album (this is why it desereved a note better thant SYTE) and quiet close to « Reroute to Remain » which is not certainely the equal of a « Clayman » but that remains a better album especially in comparison with SYTE. So are the sweedish band convincing this time ?

Personally, I’ll put a big NO ! Why ? It’s not because the first band's fans are purists but it’s because that In Flames haven’t no more ability to catch the attention of the listeners !

In Flames offers here certainly a much meldious album that its predecessor but that shows that the band reached its limits just like THE HAUNTED. It’s a band that tried to develop by changing totally the style but we can see here that they can’t make those scales. Every melody is trying to be a degraded version from another melody of another album, and even with new equipment it dosen’t have any extraordinary touch. It’s the kind of performance that we listen to 3 or 5 times and that we forget forever after.

The only hope that I had while listening to « Come Clarity » is that this one is a good single ! As so was « Dead End » that starts with a catching melody and a charming feminine voice but this hope was disappointed by the following riffs, a worn new metal !

« Come Clarity » is not satisfaying the expectations and proves that the band has reached its limits. Sorry BJÖRN GELOTTE, but « Come Clarity » is not the best album of In Flames but it’s rather one of the worst ones ! And it’s really disappointing to hear a talented artist like Bjorn giving these pure commercial déclarations.

The question is not are we for or against the new orientation but it’s rather : Can we really keep this « Come Clarity » in our own discography more than a month ?!

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Coerced_Coexistence - 14 October 2007: and i AGREEE best albums are : The Jester Race & Lunar Strain
WarMetal - 14 October 2007: For me Whoracle is the best and The Jester Race comes just after :-)
Jovial_Abortion - 15 December 2007: I completely agree with you on everything. You hit it right on the spot, especially with the whole statement on degraded melodies of other albums. It's a shame to see such a great band end up like this.
emofreak33 - 03 June 2010: but hey, they had a GREAT comeback with A Sense of Purpose! :)
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Review @ Crinn

13 October 2012

Come Clarity expresses musical intelligence and creativity

Like many others in my generation, this was my first In Flames album. I never played Guitar Hero or Rock Band very much, but it wasn’t hard to avoid the fact that the first track off this album was on one of those games (I don’t really remember which one, but it doesn’t matter). So because they had a song on Guitar Hero, In Flames was one of the bands my friends threw at me along with Lamb of God, DragonForce, Rage Against the Machine, Disturbed, The Fall of Troy, and Killswitch Engage. Now that I’ve come to know the entire In Flames discography very well and grow an opinion on the majority of the releases within it, it’s time that I used the reviewing process to further expand my understanding of my first In Flames album, Come Clarity.

Oh, maybe I should mention a disclaimer for those of you that are Whoracle/The Jester Race elitists: this review just might piss you off because unlike some, I happen to thoroughly enjoy the majority of the newer In Flames albums, my favorite being A Sense of Purpose. I should get it out there that I agree 100% that both Whoracle and The Jester Race have rightfully earned their respected spots as pure classics in the melodic death genre; there’s no denying that. And although I believe that, I tend to like the newer material a little more, especially A Sense of Purpose. Whoracle just doesn’t speak to me in the same way on a personal level that A Sense of Purpose does. I’m saying all this because I KNOW that there will at least be three people claiming that I don’t know a fucking thing about what I’m talking about. Well guess what, I do, and I prefer In Flames’ four most recent albums over the rest of their discography.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s go into what I’m here to tell you about (for those of you that have decided to continue on instead of blindly rejecting it). I believe that it was back in about late 2007/early 2008 when my friend lent a copy of this to me. I’ve now learned that it was this album that brought In Flames back into the metal media for the first time since they changed vocalists. Ever since then, every time they go on a tour, release a new song/ep/album, or anything, it’s a pretty big fucking deal. The thing about Come Clarity that most people point out as being the reason why it sounds so different from all of their other records is the metalcore influence it has.

Most of the metalcore influence isn’t really in the musical composition as much as it is in the melodies and guitar harmonizations. To those that are metalcore-haters, metalcore means numerous simple breakdowns and cheesy melodic choruses. Well to be honest, that’s not what metalcore is, and In Flames has always had breakdowns in their music, it’s in just about every metal band (that might be an overstatement, but hopefully you get what I mean). The really dark melodic sound that Soundtrack to Your Escape had pretty much dissipates in Come Clarity. Yeah, it’s melodic (it’s melodic death, that’s a given), but it’s not nearly as dark as Soundtrack to Your Escape. Instead, you get a sound that’s more similar to that of Soilwork’s. The heavy parts have a really crunchy, yet technical sound, and the melodic parts have an epic groove feel to them.

The vocals fit the music perfectly. Similar to Soilwork, the vocalist does very high-pitched screams that sometimes fade into really nasty yells. I should note that pretty much everything this vocalist does is pretty high-pitched. His singing has a unique powerful sound that can have similarities to Speed’s vocals at times, but it’s pretty much as unique as Speed’s singing voice. The screaming is what I would consider to be the perfect match for the melodic technical sound Come Clarity portrays. In just about every other melodic death band that has a technical style (Wintersun, Soilwork, Children of Bodom, The Agonist, etc.), the vocals are mid-range to high-pitched screams (I literally just now noticed that!).

The drums and the guitars share a complex harmony which weaves in and out of itself. Many of the harmonization patterns have a heavy metalcore influence along with some possible technical death influences. Like I mentioned before, it’s the metalcore influenced-guitar harmonies that makes this album sound so much different from all the other In Flames albums. I know that some people strongly oppose the idea of letting any sort of metalcore influence seep into a melodic death record, but honestly, it’s hard to deny that In Flames pulled it off pretty damn well. The bassist seems to have a mind of his own. And unfortunately, he seems lost in some places. He’s obviously doing improvisation in some places and trying to be excessively abstract in others. But there are numerous times where what he’s playing just doesn’t match up with the rest of the music. And yes, there are bassists that play something completely different from the rest of the band, but the two parts still end up matching up and sounding good. That’s probably why the guitars almost completely drown out the bass for the majority of the album.

Come Clarity is one of In Flames’ best albums. I wouldn’t say that this would be the best first impression, but to be honest, I wouldn’t stop you if you wanted this to be your first sample of In Flames. Come Clarity expresses musical intelligence and creativity through its innovative structure, outside influences, and complex musicianship. I would give this album 15/20.

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