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In Flames 2003 Trigger EP - Reviewed by Nailer

Track Listing
1. Trigger
2. Watch Them Feed
3. Land of Confusion
4. Cloud Connected
5. Moonshield
6. Trigger (video)
7. Cloud Connected (videos)
In Flames is a band I've liked from first listen. Their mix of brutality and melody hooked me right in, but I can't say that I really wanted to spend the bones for the "Trigger" EP. When I came across it in the used bin, I snapped it up sure that I was getting a hot deal. It's probably best that I got it there because it added little positive to my perception of the band. From the prior "Reroute to Remain", the song "Trigger" was cut down to a single; for where, I don't know. "Cloud Connected" was redone as a club remix; for what clubs, I don't know. "Watch Them Feed" is a decent thrash-up, but the rest is pretty pointless for me. Next is a remake of the Genesis song "Land of Confusion". Its subject matter of facelessness in a modern world does fit the band philosophy that I've gathered, but the song itself musically does little. "Moonshield" is done without lyrics, Karaoke" style, so you can sing it yourself. It's electronic noise that I don't want to sing to, really.

Hopefully, this CD was realeased isn't an indicator of the directions they want to persue

Bottom Line: For collectors and hardcore completist fans only.


--Nailer 02.20.04
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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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