IN FLAMES — Subterranean

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EP · 1995

Tracklist

1. Stand Ablaze (4:36)
2. Everdying (4:25)
3. Subterranean (5:48)
4. Timeless (1:48)
5. Biosphere (5:07)

Total Time: 21:46

Line-up/Musicians

- Johan Larsson / Bass, Vocals (backing)
- Glenn Ljungström / Guitars
- Jesper Strömblad / Guitars, Keyboards
- Mikael Stanne / Vocals

Guest/Session:
- Henke Forss / Vocals, Lyrics
- Oscar Dronjak / Vocals (backing) (on "Stand Ablaze")
- Anders Jivarp / Drums (on "Subterranean" and "Biosphere")
- Daniel Erlandsson / Drums

About this release

EP, Wrong Again Records, November 2nd, 1994

Recorded at Studio Fredman in Summer / Winter 1994.

Also combined with Lunar Strain on a release by Regain Records in 2000.

Vinyl version released in 2000 by Regain Records limited to 1000 regular copies and 1000 picture discs containing 5 bonus tracks:
6. Dead Eternity
7. The Inborn Lifeless
8. In Flames ('93 Promo Mix)
9. Upon An Oaken Throne ('93 Promo Mix)
10. Clad In Shadows ('93 Promo Mix)

Remastered version released by Regain Records in 2004 (Russian version by Irond Records, japanese version by Toy's Factory and in 2005 by Candlelight Records) with the bonus tracks:
6. Dead Eternity [vocals by Jocke Gothberg] (05:02)
7. The Inborn Lifeless [vocals by Per Gyllenback] (03:23)
8. Eye of the Beholder (Metallica cover) [vocals by Robert Dahn] (05:28)
9. Murders in the Rue Morgue (Iron Maiden cover) (03:09)

Again re-released in 2008 by Regain Records in digipack and in 2010 as a box-set with completely revised layouts / features and never before seen pictures. The box-set features a patch + poster. These versions also contain the 4 bonustracks mentioned above.

Re-released on red vinyl as gatefold in 2010 by Back on Black containing the 4 bonustracks mentioned above.

Up: original cover, down: remastered 2004 cover.

Thanks to UMUR, Unitron for the updates

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"Subterranean" is an EP release by Swedish melodic death metal act In Flames. The EP was released through Wrong Again Records in June 1995 and bridges the gap between the band´s debut and second full-length studio albums "Lunar Strain (1994)" and "The Jester Race (1996)". Just as the case was on "Lunar Strain" band founder and guitarist Jesper Strömblad hadn´t yet found a stabile lineup and therefore Henke Forss from Dawn performs vocals. The drums are this time around played by sessions musicians Anders Jivarp (plays on "Subterranean" and "Biosphere") and Daniel Erlandsson (plays on the remaining tracks). Guitarist Carl Näslund has left the band, so besides Jesper Strömblad, it´s only guitarist Glenn Ljungström and bassist Johan Larsson, who are left from the lineup who recorded the debut album.

The 5 tracks on the 21:46 minutes long EP continue the melodic death metal style which was initiated on "Lunar Strain (1994)". The music features loads of harmony guitar themes and leads, aggressive and rather high pitched growling vocals (or blackened growling if you will), an epic atmosphere, and the occasional nod towards folk. The rhythms are relatively varied, and there are acoustic sections in the music too, so it´s a pretty dynamic release. In terms of style and consistency "Subterranean" flows really well.

The musicianship is on a high level throughout and the EP is relatively well produced too, although there are some issues with the acoustic sections being too high in the mix compared to the the distorted sections. That was an issue on "Lunar Strain (1994)" too, but the production is still raw, powerful, and detailed as required for this type of music.

So upon conclusion "Subterranean" is the natural successor to "Lunar Strain (1994)". It´s a bit of a case of more of the same, as there hasn´t been much development of sound since "Lunar Strain (1994)", but in this case it´s not an issue, as the material is as strong as it is. Combined with the high level musicianship, and a suiting raw sound production, the outcome is strong. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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