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Clayman

In FlamesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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It was the year 1990, Jesper decided to take leave of the band Ceremonial Oath, that he was currently in, together with Anders Fridén and Anders Iwers (Tiamat)

He wanted to make music in a different direction, and he teamed up with Johan Larsson and Glenn Ljungström to form IN FLAMES. The gang made a demo and shipped it off to Wrong Again records in order to get a ... Read more in Amazon's In Flames Store

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  • Audio CD (July 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004TS8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bullet Ride
2. Pinball Map
3. Only For The Weak
4. ...As The Future Repeats Today
5. Square Nothing
6. Clay Man
7. Sattelites And Astronauts
8. Brush The Dust Away
9. Swim
10. Suburban Me
11. Another Day In Quicksand

Editorial Reviews

Seventh album for Swedish dark metal act featuring Jesper St. Romblad (ex-Ceremonial Oath). 11 tracks. Nuclear Blast. 2000.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh...my... February 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Clayman" is, simply put, an indescribable achievement in the metal genre, making much of what preceded it sound downright obsolete. It's as melodic as the best classic metal, as precisely played as the best thrash metal, and almost as intense as the best death metal. In other words, it's sort of like
Iron Maiden meets Megadeth meets Carcass. With musicianship and creativity to spare, In Flames were at the top of their game with "Clayman."
As "Clayman" amply demonstrates, In Flames are one of the most talented metal bands walking the Earth today. Anders Frieden is a terrific vocalist, easily one of the best in metal. He delivers his throat-ripping screams with the utmost intensity, without abandoning the melodic sensibility that defines In Flames's sound. There's some diversity to be found in Anders's performance as well: the foreboding near-whispher on the opening "Bullet Ride," and "Only for the Weak," the clean singing on "Square Nothing." The band behind him, led by guitar hero Jesper Stromblad, is equally astounding. They tear through a constant succession of razor-sharp riffs, hard-driving guitar harmonies and complex rhythms, and they make it look easy. Many bands wouldn't even attempt the song structures that In Flames pull off routinely.
Above all, "Clayman" is a triumph of songwriting. This album has some of THE best melodies I've ever heard, in any genre. More importantly, though, In Flames don't just try to coast on their impressive melodies. On almost every song, the band deftly mixes foot-tapping catchiness and head-banging heaviness. One minute they can seduce you with an addictive melody or guitar harmony, the next they can aim straight for the jugular with a volley of heavy riffs and harsh shouts.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This band couldn't screw up if they tried July 25, 2000
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
After the release of "Colony" and subsequently having it grow on me like a nasty strain of the Ebola virus, I became an In Flames freak and tracked every trace of albums I could find by the band. Now, speaking as one who has heard every bit of their material, I'm telling you to seek out "Clayman" and buy it wherever you see it.
"Colony" was a very innovative and mature work from a damn near revolutionary band last year, containing insanely catchy grooves from one of my all-time favorite guitarists, Jesper Stromblad. Anders Friden, formerly of Dark Tranquility before joining In Flames for "Whoracle," has one of the most interesting voices in metal today - just listen to the tracks "Only For the Weak" and bruising opener "Bullet Ride" to understand what I'm talking about. His mellower, almost spoken-word softer passages are haunting in a quietly brooding way, but when the choruses crescendo, get ready for a demonic vocal assault, just as you'll recognize from "Colony." Friden's voice hasn't changed a bit - it's just gotten better for this album. So no worries about commercial sellouts, catering to the radio or MTV or letting any fans down whatsoever.
Overall, there's really not a bad song to be found on "Clayman," just as with "Colony." Highlughts include "Bullet Ride," "Only for the Weak," "Swim," and the title track. Fans of the band's previous effort will be delighted to hear that nothing has changed with the band's sound; as the first few seconds of "Bullet Ride" will alleviate any fears of In Flames going the Paradise Lost path and turning into Depeche Mode incarnate.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pyromaniacs. November 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm amused at how opinions vary wildly about this album. It might be sellout c'rap or an amazing metal album. Perhaps it's a blunt example of In Flames' music or it could be their best. So, let's add my opinion to the mix for fun. In terms of production and intensity, _Clayman_ is In Flames' best album. Although I prefer _Whoracle_ for its diversity and epic flavor, _Clayman_ offers a persistent intensity that is unrivaled by anything in their catalogue.
To this I would credit the production... which is a key accessory to the aggressive songwriting, of course. This album just sounds huge and in-your-face, and it never suffers from the occasionally sloppy mixing of _Colony_ (an otherwise well-recorded album) or the tinny audio from earlier releases. Anders Friden's voice is laden with effects (multitracking and distortion) which enhances its power. His awkward growl from earlier albums has been replaced with his bestial, feral scream, and this is all for the better. His clean vocals, which appear abundantly, are not strong but when confined to an eerie whisper they can be powerful. The guitars are thick and heavy, the drums are pummeling, and even the bass stands out with a fat rumble (worth mentioning since 99% of metal lacks bass presence).
Also to the album's benefit is the relentless power through every track, with no song failing to be memorable - and consistently high song quality is a boon to any record. "Bullet Ride" absolutely slaughters with its titanic lead riff, steady build-up through the verses, and crushing chorus; at the other end of the CD, "Another Day in Quicksand" is a riff heavy beast. Holding the middle is the huge title track, led by an incredible guitar harmony and the best of Friden's vocals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Badass Album
My favorite In Flames album. Definitely worth checking out. My favorite songs from this album are "Only for the Weak" and "Suburban Me". Read more
Published 17 days ago by Spikedskull
4.0 out of 5 stars In Flames Change Direction.
Clayman is solid throughout but it's still no Jester Race or Whoracle. Square Nothing, Pinball Map, As the Future Repeats Itself Today and Suburban Me are the stand out tracks and... Read more
Published on May 20, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - the beginning of the new In Flames sound
2000's Clayman followed on the heels of a series of absolutely perfect melodic death metal albums by In Flames: Colony, Whoracle, and The Jester Race. Read more
Published on June 18, 2010 by Justin G.
1.0 out of 5 stars This ain't my metal
This band sucks. I picked up this album to try it out when I saw "Nuclear Blast" as the label and the cd ended up under my wheels about three songs in. Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to enter the new millenium
In 2000, In Flames released an album with the perfect blend of Melodic Death Metal from there old material, and a newer, more mainstream sound to attract new fans. Read more
Published on April 4, 2009 by Paramecium
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, this one got me started on melodic metal 5 years ago
In Flames were some of the truly original pioneers of melodic metal, or melo-death metal, which ever you prefer. Read more
Published on January 22, 2008 by D. Hofford
3.0 out of 5 stars Part of the Lutheran Metal Scene
The best song for me is square nothing, again the vocals can be barely understood, the music gets annoying after a while because of the lutheran tendency. Read more
Published on January 3, 2008 by getgo
5.0 out of 5 stars love this cd
i really wish inflames would stick to this formula. I like the pattern they had with whoracle, colony, and clay man. these were great cd's. Read more
Published on October 25, 2007 by Michael T. Eskin
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the formula, somehow it sells.
My cousin has been going on and on about In Flames, so I took the leap and started here. Who knows what the draw of this album is, but it is formulaic and boring. Read more
Published on October 11, 2007 by Thomas Immel
4.0 out of 5 stars From anyone else 5 stars...
...but In Flames has spoiled us...again and again, on Colony, Whoracle, Subterranean, and of course the absolute masterpiece, The Jester Race. So...the expectations are high. Read more
Published on May 22, 2007
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