Hanin Elias

Hanin Elias

In Flames [1995-1999]

Digital Hardcore

Revolutionary collective mentality aside, you always knew she was the coolest member of Atari Teenage Riot. From her armor-piercing screams, to her Avengers/Carnaby Street/Dominatrix personal aesthetic, she was just radiating superstar anti-diva potential. And now, I finally get a copy of In Flames, and the circle is finally complete. She’s quietly stolen the show from Alec Empire. Take a quickie scan at the packaging: cool slogans, cool collage, cool photos, cool razor sharp bangs, cool liner notes. I’m getting a definite Symbionese Liberation Army vibe here. Or is that S.C.U.M.?

Let’s try and keep it short, like all the best manifestos. In Flames has a messy, “Destroy All Monsters and a drum machine in a blender” sound, which contrasts very, very nicely with the lucidness and clarity of the lyrical strategies. I’m gonna restrain myself from any commentary on the political leanings of the record, either rah-rah or tsk-tsk, but what I will say is this: if you are a girl, you gotta own this record, if you are a boy, you need to hear this record, and THEN go revolt. And the music at times proves more powerful even than the message! The all-around amazing “Girl Serial Killer” has a Wu-Tang Clan motif buried in there somewhere! Björk will surely be covering “You Will Never Get Me,” by next year; it’s the most jaw-dropping moment of musical beauty to come out of the DHR camp since Christoph de Babyon’s “My Confession.” There are the expected moments of angular aggression that one would come to expect from a lynchpin of Atari Teenage Riot, like “In Flames,” but the record on a whole is based upon many distinct and diverse moods. A triumph all the way around, y’know…

Digital Hardcore Recordings, 30 Dean St., London W1V 5AN , UK ; www.digitalhardcore.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Willard Gayheart & Friends
    Willard Gayheart & Friends

    At Home in the Blue Ridge (Blue Hens Music). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Alex McArtor
    Alex McArtor

    Touch/Are You Alone (Bigmac Records). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Superstar

    Sex, drugs, adultery, murder and finally, redemption – it’s all intertwined in the tale of Trent Davis, the “star” of author Christopher Long‘s latest, Superstar.

  • Moloko Plus
    Moloko Plus

    Moloko Plus is a monthly experimental music event in Orlando, Florida.

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Ramen Shop
    Ramen Shop

    A young man searches for the secrets of his family and great Ramen.

From the Archives