With all the complications that surround our existence on a regular basis, sometimes it takes the simplest of situations to understand what really matters… and what our minds are capable of. To that effect, 2015 has, on occasion, brought me into a world of ambient simplicity. With all the ferocity that is contained in the multi-dimensional art we call heavy metal, there is a need for something far more minimalistic from time to time. With all that said, the debut work from IIVII, Colony, is an exploration of the far reaches of our musical awareness, all while keeping things as simple as possible.
Well, this is certainly an ambitious decision, isn’t it? Forming in 1990 and remaining active ever since, In Flames have released 11 full length albums, most recently last year’s Siren Charms. There’s no shortage of material to work with for a Top 10 list. They were one of the pioneers of the Gothenburg death metal scene and have become one of the most recognizable bands both inside the metal community and out.