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In Flames
The Mirror's Truth

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2008
Reviewer: Nailer
Rating
4

  • Largely a continuation of the last CD with no real changes



  • Tracks: 1. The Mirror's Truth 2. Eraser 3. Tilt 4. Abnegation

    The last time I reviewed an In Flames EP, it was the Trigger release and I basically trashed it for the over-extensive use of electronica sounds. If it was a precursor to the direction they were going, expanded from the prior CD, I wasn't into it. Thankfully, they lessened the approach on Soundtrack To Your Escape and discarded it almost altogether on the last full-length Come Clarity. The new EP The Mirror's Truth is largely a continuation of the last CD with no real changes in direction. It still has melodic thrash guitars and a booming drum sound, but the "Korny" whine in Anders Fridén's vocals that all the old-schooler had an issue with is back to a harsher delivery. The highly introspective lyrics that they've had for many album (even I feel some contention with them) should help sell t-shirts to the mall kids. None of the songs on here are better than the best ones off of Come Clarity, but if you were into it, you should have no problem with the four songs here. It's 13+ more minutes of In Flames to get me through to a hotly anticipated A Sense of Purpose


    About this Writer:
    Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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