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Artist: In Flames
Album: Colony
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Release Date: May 21, 1999

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This week's Atlas of Rock visited the extremely metal country of Sweden so this week I picked my favorite Swedish metal album. Colony is the fourth album from melodic death metal pioneers In Flames. It stands as one of the greatest albums in the genre and is praised by fans as the band's best release. If I had to pick my top ten albums of all time Colony would be near the top of the list for sure.

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There is just so much amazing stuff going on in this album. Guitarists Jesper Strömblad and Björn Gelotte unleash amazing heavy grooves on the rhythm side of things and phenomenal lead playing. The melodies and harmonies are just to die for. New drummer Daniel Svensson blows away the band's previous work with Björn on the drums (switching to guitar was one of the smartest things he could have done). New bassist Peter Iwers is also a great addition to the band with his loud bass playing that does more than just follow the guitars. Vocalist Anders Fridén gives his best performance on this album with a range of screams, growls, and a bit of singing. He also covers a wide range of lyrical themes from personal struggles, to dystopian futures, to metaphysical and existential introspection.

Standout tracks include "Embody the Invisible," "Ordinary Story," "Colony," "Zombie Inc.," "Coerced Coexistence," "Man Made God," and re-recordings of the tracks "Behind Space" and "Clad in Shadows" from their first album, Lunar Strain.

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Take a listen to the greatness of Colony below and let me know what you think!

Album of the Week brings you an album to listen to every week. Maybe a new release, maybe an old favorite. From alt-rock to technical death metal and everything in between, there will be something for everyone! Check out last week's album!

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