In Flames - Trigger review
|Release date:||June 2003|
Disc I [CD]
01. Trigger [Single edit version]
02. Watch Them Feed
03. Land Of Confusion [Genesis cover]
04. Cloud Connected [Club Connected remix version]
05. Moonshield [C64 Karaoke version]
Disc II [Limited Edition Mini-DVD]
+ Trigger (video)
+ Cloud Connected (video)
I never previously thought of buying this EP, as I never bought any EP before, but after In Flames' early effort "Subterranean" I was kinda changing my mind a bit, especially because it left "Trigger" the only thing I lack in In Flames' discography... Besides, it is sold for a really low price compared to other EPs so it made a nice twin pack with a Thine Eyes Bleed CD (which are heavily influenced by In Flames, by the way!).
I will firstly answer the basic question: is this EP just a quick way to earn cash or ease the wait for their following album "Soundtrack To Your Escape"? Neither of the two, whatever others may say, although it contains only 2 original tracks. The EP starts with the already famous "Trigger" song off the album "Reroute To Remain" which gained a substantial number of plays on MTV2 and other "specialised" TV and radio stations and whose chorus attracted the masses previously unfamiliar to In Flames. This single edit has just got one of the solos cut out to better meet the video requirements, that's all. Now the second track, "Watch Them Feed," is what really made me buy the EP, as it has a very aggressive edge to it (just like the track "F(r)iend" from "Soundtrack To Your Escape") and can be heard live quite often. It is followed by a very nice cover of Genesis' "Land Of Confusion" and, although I'm not familiar with the original, I doubt that the original sounds better to any metalhead. The rest of the EP may (although not necessarily) have a "filler" feeling, with a boring remix of "Cloud Connected" (which is one of the weaker tracks off "Reroute To Remain") and the last track, the Commodore 64 version of "Moonshield" (an older song from "The Jester Race"), something absolutely hilarious to anyone who still remembers old DOS/Amiga/Commodore games we used to play... However, it is unlikely to reach a high number of plays on anyone's player, because it is really more of a joke than of a song. As a final goodie, there are also 2 videos bundled, which rounds the EP up quite nicely.
All in all, if you liked "Reroute To Remain" you will like this EP as well, and vice versa. I cannot really say "Go to your nearest shop and buy this immediately!" but any In Flames fan will appreciate this EP, and it may as well be a good start for people completely unfamiliar to the band.
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