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Review of the Album "Come Clarity" by Swedish Melodic Death Metal Band In Flames

Updated on October 18, 2017

A Photo of the CD Come Clarity


Come Clarity is Another Very Good Modern Heavy Metal Album

Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames pretty much entered the more modern era of heavy metal with their solid yet controversial album Reroute to Remain in 2002. In 2006, they added to this modern heavy metal phenomenon with their album Come Clarity. The album title can mean that the band was looking for some clarity in their music while also still retaining those famous vocal growls by Anders Friden which are still plentiful.

A Photo of Anders Friden Back in 2008


How Come Clarity is Similar to the Last Two Albums Before It

Just like the two previous albums, the band starts off showing their heavy and hard-hitting melodic death metal nature with the song called Take This Life. Anders also uses clean vocals as he says “stay a while and breathe me in.” Dark Tranquillity and In Flames are the two best melodic death metal bands in Sweden and they continue to show this as they have advanced in their careers.

The Song Called Leeches and the Meaning Behind the Theme

The next song called Leeches is interpreted by me as a criticism of organized religion. Too much preaching can lead to some people being driven away from religion entirely. It does feel good to be alive to write about these talented Swedish guys that’s for sure!

Come Clarity (Official Music Video)

The Meaning Behind the Song Called Dead End and Why it is Important

The 4th song called Dead End is a terrific song in terms of the main riff and it has an excellent start just like the song As the Future Repeats Today back in 2000. The song is basically about someone that feels like they have lost the battle with life and that there is going to be no morning after this. They feel like they shouldn’t really care about certain things knowing that one day they will expire too. Make no mistake about the talent of In Flames because even in 2006 they were better than many other bands. The song Scream is about the way that human nature is. Human beings each lead different lives. As part of this different life, some people feel the need to abuse others to feel superior.

Come Clarity is a Great Song About Leading a more Fulfilled Life

The song Come Clarity is a great song about wanting to be lead somewhere where one can lead a more fulfilling life. It is one thing to dream about wanting to be more fulfilled in life but it is another thing to actually make that happen. It is often said that all dreams first start with a thought. Then those thoughts have to be backed up by decisive action. Then by taking that action, we can take steps to lead a more fulfilled life.

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Vacuum is Another Song With an Important Message

The song Vacuum is about how humans spend the whole week forgetting what this really means. We seem to just be going through the motions. Meanwhile, some people commit acts of violence and they get noticed on the news. The song speaks about the social dysfunction that exists in our world in various countries.

The Song Called Dead End

The Rest of the Album Proves that This Band is Still So Awesome

The band’s philosophical lyrical approach continues into the song called Versus Terminus. When we are dead and gone, will we really know what was right and what was wrong? Will we know who really won and who really lost? All victories and defeats that people suffer in life are only left as memories when they pass away. The album also addresses the complexity of life itself which causes us to struggle through certain things. Communication is one of the most important skills to use when writing to someone as the song Our Infinite Struggle tries to point out.

Overall, Come Clarity is a very good album by one of the best bands in the music business and even though the style is different from earlier albums such as Colony or The Jester Race, it shows once again that these guys can do no wrong musically.

The Song Called Vacuum

© 2017 Ara Vahanian


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