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Review by dalia di giacomo
01. In Plain View
02. Everything's Gone
04. Through Oblivion
05. With Eyes Wide Open
06. Siren Charms
07. When the World Explodes" (feat. Emilia Feldt)
08. Rusted Nail
09. Dead Eyes
10. Monsters In The Ballroom
11. Filtered Truth
Every band has an evolution.
Many fans are disappointed about this album. I can understand. I'm a bit disappointed too. Anyway positive and solid characteristics can be found.
Every band has an evolution and, above all, different inpirations during time. A great band can compose diversified albums still maintaing an unmistakable common denominator. This is the case of
In Flames and their eleventh studio album "Siren Charms". Typical In Flames sonorities remain
unalduterated as in the opener In Plain View, the guitar riffs ensure a sufficient heaviness yet the album sounds much more melodic. Electronic elements are added to enhance ambientation;
"Siren Charms" offer also moments of pure brutality, for example the verse of the track
When The World Explodes, whose refrain, with the insertion of female vocals, changes unfortunately into an excessive cheesy and not spectacular melodic rendez-vous. Nonetheless this track too (maybe the most incriminated by the fans) has its
merits. Absolutely better is Everything's Gone, which is raw and Death metal oriented in "back to the roots"- style . Decent electronic elements perfectly intertwine with heaviness in the gorgeous song
Paralyzed and in Rusted Nail too, which is quite dissonant with unusual elements yet a moment of force.
Through Oblivion is another great song in this album, maybe the best one, because
of the mix of haunting guitars with a clear Alternative taste. Dead Eyes
is just a filler.
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