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Studio album by In Flames
Released May 31, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999 at Studio Fredman
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 41:31
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Fredrik Nordström and In Flames
Professional reviews
In Flames chronology

Colony is the fourth album by Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames. The album was released on May 31, 1999 through Nuclear Blast Records. It was the first In Flames album to feature the current line-up along with Bjorn Gelotte to switch his position from drummer to permanent guitarist and features new members Daniel Svensson and Peter Iwers. 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.

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

The track "Behind Space '99" is a remake of the track first heard on Lunar Strain, although devoid of its original acoustic guitar outro.

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


Track listing

All lyrics written by Anders Fridén in part translated by Niklas Sundin, all music composed by Björn Gelotte, Jesper Strömblad and arranged by In Flames except for "Behind Space '99" with music by Jesper Strömblad and lyrics by Mikael Stanne.

# Title Length
1. "Embody the Invisible"   3:37
2. "Ordinary Story"   4:16
3. "Scorn"   3:37
4. "Colony"   4:39
5. "Zombie Inc."   5:05
6. "Pallar Anders Visa"   1:41
7. "Coerced Coexistence"   4:14
8. "Resin"   3:21
9. "Behind Space '99"   3:58
10. "Insipid 2000"   3:45
11. "The New Word"   3:18
Japanese Edition
# Title Length
12. "Clad in Shadows '99"   2:24
13. "Man Made God"   4:12
Korean Edition
# Title Length
14. "Murders in the Rue Morgue"    


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.

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

The Deluxe Edition (2004)

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

Colony: Reloaded (2009)

This enhanced, remastered 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.


Other personnel

  • Produced, engineered, mixed by Fredrik Nordström and In Flames
  • Drum tech by Peter Wildoer
  • Mastered by Göran Finnberg at Mastering Room
  • All songs published by Prophecies Publishing
  • Front cover illustration by Andreas Marschall

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