Only for the second time in their band-history, IN FLAMES have managed to record two albums with the same line-up. So could you expect a second "Colony", too? Yes and no.
A slight "yes", because they haven't exactly altered their sound, but a big "no", because despite sounding familiar, they sound different enough to be far away from any accusation of a self-copy.
They have rather refined their very own IN FLAMES-sound, so that it sounds more round and complete than ever. The guitars have the right crunch, Anders Fridén uses his rough voice accentuating his still quite harsh Death Metal-roar, but for that the choruses are even more catchy, while calm passages with acoustic guitars intersperse the double-bass-powered tracks.
If you want to check out "Clayman", then you should try out "Bullet Ride", "Pinball Map", "Only For The Weak", "Clayman" or "Swim".
And who has the luck, like myself, to find a copy of the limited first edition, then you will get not only a 3D-cover, but also a bonus-track named "World Of Promises". This is a cover-version of Sweden's Melodic-Metallers TREAT, which has been adapted to the IN FLAMES-sound so much that at first listening you could almost mistake it for an original song, great work, guys!