Colony (In Flames album)

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Studio album by In Flames
Released 21 May 1999 (Japan)
31 May 1999 (Rest of the world)
Recorded 1999
(Studio Fredman)
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 41:31
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Fredrik Nordström and In Flames
In Flames chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Storm 9.4/10[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

Colony is the fourth album by Swedish melodic death metal band, In Flames, released on May 21, 1999, through Nuclear Blast Records. It was the first In Flames album to feature the classic (up until Jesper Stromblad's departure in 2010) line-up, with Peter Iwers on bass and Daniel Svensson on drums, filling in for Björn Gelotte who was the previous drummer of the band but permanently switched to become the new rhythm guitarist, after the position for guitar was empty when Niclas Engelin quit the band, the year before this album's release.

Musical style[edit]

The album deals with various aspects of religion and spirituality, from the somewhat positive light of Embody the Invisible and The New Word, to the more negative Zombie Inc. and Scorn. This album features a faster, tighter, and more energetic approach to the music than displayed on the previous album, Whoracle, though the song-writing approach is similar.


The title of The New Word is subject to debate. According to the track list on the back cover of the original 1999 release, the official In Flames web site, and the lyrics printed in the original 1999 CD booklet, the correct title is The New Word; however, according to the heading of the lyrics printed for the song in the original booklet, the track list on the 2004 re-release, and the official Nuclear Blast Records web site, the song is called The New World. The 2009 re-release Colony: Reloaded did nothing to clear up this issue, with the insert and the booklet containing the same inconsistency as the original 1999 release. The song's lyrics themselves, meanwhile, suggest that The New Word is indeed the correct title.

"Pallar Anders Visa" means "The Ballad of Anders the Thief".

A music video was made for Ordinary Story, which was directed by Tamara Jordan.

The song Embody the Invisible appears in the soundtrack of the video game Tony Hawk's Underground.

The tracks Behind Space '99 and "Clad in Shadow '99" (which is only available on different issues of this album) are both remakes of the tracks first heard on Lunar Strain, although "Behind Space '99" excludes the acoustic guitar outro present on the original version.

Track listing[edit]

All Arrangements by In Flames. All songs published by Prophecies Publishing. Niklas Sundin helped Fridén translate the lyrics Fridén wrote in Swedish to English.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Embody the Invisible"   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 3:37
2. "Ordinary Story"   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 4:16
3. "Scorn"   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 3:37
4. "Colony"   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 4:39
5. "Zombie Inc."   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 5:05
6. "Pallar Anders Visa"   (Instrumental) Strömblad & Gelotte 1:41
7. "Coerced Coexistence"   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 4:14
8. "Resin"   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 3:21
9. "Behind Space '99"   Stanne Strömblad & Ljungström 3:58
10. "Insipid 2000"   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 3:45
11. "The New Word"   Fridén Strömblad & Gelotte 3:18

The Deluxe Edition (2004)[edit]

This enhanced re-release contains the following in addition to the above tracks:

Colony: Reloaded (2009)[edit]

This enhanced, re-release contains all the same bonus content as the 2004 Deluxe Edition. The original 1999 cover is brought back, and the back insert is custom-shaped to fit into the "Super Jewel BOX" case that is used.



  1. ^ "Colony - In Flames". AllMusic. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Metal Storm review". September 2, 2003. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sputnikmusic review". September 16, 2003. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 

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