IN FLAMES

Melodic Death Metal / Alternative Metal • Sweden
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In Flames is a Swedish alternative metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1990. The band's earlier work is considered to be a major influence to the melodic death metal music genre, although they have distanced themselves from the melodic death metal sound. Since the band's conception in 1990, they have received numerous awards and released eleven studio albums and one live DVD. The band has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years, both in its native Sweden and internationally. As of 2008, In Flames has sold over two million records worldwide.
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IN FLAMES Lunar Strain album cover 3.79 | 21 ratings
Lunar Strain
Melodic Death Metal 1994
IN FLAMES The Jester Race album cover 3.59 | 35 ratings
The Jester Race
Melodic Death Metal 1996
IN FLAMES Whoracle album cover 4.06 | 27 ratings
Whoracle
Melodic Death Metal 1997
IN FLAMES Colony album cover 4.11 | 34 ratings
Colony
Melodic Death Metal 1999
IN FLAMES Clayman album cover 3.82 | 27 ratings
Clayman
Melodic Death Metal 2000
IN FLAMES Reroute to Remain: Fourteen Songs of Conscious Insanity album cover 3.24 | 21 ratings
Reroute to Remain: Fourteen Songs of Conscious Insanity
Melodic Death Metal 2002
IN FLAMES Soundtrack to Your Escape album cover 2.72 | 20 ratings
Soundtrack to Your Escape
Melodic Death Metal 2004
IN FLAMES Come Clarity album cover 2.95 | 25 ratings
Come Clarity
Melodic Death Metal 2006
IN FLAMES A Sense of Purpose album cover 2.86 | 19 ratings
A Sense of Purpose
Alternative Metal 2008
IN FLAMES Sounds of a Playground Fading album cover 3.05 | 23 ratings
Sounds of a Playground Fading
Alternative Metal 2011
IN FLAMES Siren Charms album cover 3.22 | 14 ratings
Siren Charms
Alternative Metal 2014
IN FLAMES Battles album cover 2.46 | 8 ratings
Battles
Alternative Metal 2016
IN FLAMES I, the Mask album cover 3.39 | 5 ratings
I, the Mask
Alternative Metal 2019

IN FLAMES EPs & splits

IN FLAMES Subterranean album cover 3.83 | 8 ratings
Subterranean
Melodic Death Metal 1995
IN FLAMES Black-Ash Inheritance album cover 2.81 | 7 ratings
Black-Ash Inheritance
Melodic Death Metal 1997
IN FLAMES Trigger album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Trigger
Melodic Death Metal 2003
IN FLAMES Come Clarity album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Come Clarity
Melodic Death Metal 2006
IN FLAMES The Mirror's Truth album cover 2.75 | 4 ratings
The Mirror's Truth
Alternative Metal 2008
IN FLAMES Down, Wicked & No Good album cover 0.50 | 1 ratings
Down, Wicked & No Good
Alternative Metal 2017

IN FLAMES live albums

IN FLAMES The Tokyo Showdown: Live in Japan 2000 album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
The Tokyo Showdown: Live in Japan 2000
Melodic Death Metal 2001
IN FLAMES Used & Abused... In Live We Trust album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Used & Abused... In Live We Trust
Melodic Death Metal 2005
IN FLAMES Sounds from the Heart of Gothenburg album cover 2.14 | 3 ratings
Sounds from the Heart of Gothenburg
Alternative Metal 2016

IN FLAMES demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

IN FLAMES Soundtrack to Your Escape (Teaser CD I) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundtrack to Your Escape (Teaser CD I)
Melodic Death Metal 2004
IN FLAMES Soundtrack to Your Escape (Teaser CD II) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundtrack to Your Escape (Teaser CD II)
Melodic Death Metal 2004
IN FLAMES In Flames And More album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Flames And More
Melodic Death Metal 2006

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IN FLAMES singles (5)

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1.50 | 2 ratings
Cloud Connected
Melodic Death Metal 2002
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2.50 | 1 ratings
The Quiet Place
Melodic Death Metal 2004
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Where the Dead Ships Dwell
Alternative Metal 2011
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The End
Alternative Metal 2016
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The Truth
Alternative Metal 2016

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Used and Abused...In Live We Trust
Melodic Death Metal 2005

IN FLAMES Reviews

IN FLAMES I, the Mask

Album · 2019 · Alternative Metal
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Kev Rowland
It is safe to say that I wasn’t a fan of the last In Flames album, ‘Battles’, where I said “Now, change isn’t necessarily bad, and it can often be good, but then there are also the concerns that the band haven’t changed so much as having left the planet altogether and gone into a new universe. Possibly one where they have been starved of oxygen which could explain what they are doing now.” So, when I realised there was a new album out, I wasn’t exactly overjoyed at the prospect of listening to it. Between this album and the last they have changed the rhythm section, and one wonders just how much that has had an impact on the overall sound as although this is not a return to the classic sound which made them so many fans, it is certainly a huge leap to the better.

Okay, so it is still alternative metal as opposed to the melodic death with which they made their name, and the overall sound seems quite compressed and being kept under tight control as opposed to being allowed to roam free and find the right spot. They still sound as if they are angry young Americans as opposed to a Swedish act who have been together for nearly 30 years and should really know better by now. But the riffs are tight, the guitar interplay works, and I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed the album. I found myself playing it without gritting my teeth and bearing it just for the sake of a review, which is a massive difference between the last release and this one. There is no way that In Flames will ever have the impact they did when they burst onto the scene all those years ago, but if they keep producing music like this then old fans may at least tolerate what they are doing, and they may even gain some new ones. I won’t be so hesitant when I next see a new album by the band, and that at least is progress.

IN FLAMES The Jester Race

Album · 1996 · Melodic Death Metal
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"The Jester Race" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Swedish melodic death metal act In Flames. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 1996 (Licensed from Wrong Again Records, who In Flames were contractually obligated to). There were quite a few lineup changes between the band´s debut full-length studio album "Lunar Strain (1994)" and the "Subterranean (1995)" EP, and there have been quite a few changes again on "The Jester Race". In Flames finally settled with Anders Fridén as their permanent lead vocalist. Fridén had worked with artists like Septic Broiler, Ceremonial Oath, and Dark Tranquillity before joining In Flames. The band didn´t have a permanent drummer on the previous releases either, but that was fixed here too as Björn Gelotte joined the lineup. The usual suspects are Glenn Ljungström (guitars), Jesper Strömblad (guitars), and Johan Larsson (bass).

Stylistically the music on "The Jester Race" continues the melodic death metal style with ethnic Scandinavian folk leanings which the band also played on the two previous releases. The band´s sound is a bit more developed here and the songwriting slightly more memorable too, but you´ll find few surprises on the album if you´re already familiar with "Lunar Strain (1994)" and "Subterranean (1995)". In Flames were on to something special with those releases though, so there are probably very few (if any) complaints about the musical direction on "The Jester Race". Anders Fridén continues the trend of high pitched screaming/growling vocalists, and you´ll be exposed to fast-paced and very melodic harmony guitar riffs and solos, fast- and mid-paced heavy beats, and acoustic sections too. The folk influence is mostly heard in the acoustic parts, but many of the epic guitar themes also reek traditional Scandinavian folk melodies.

"The Jester Race" is a consistent release both in terms of the musical style and in regards to the quality of the compositions. From the opening notes of "Moonshield" to the closing notes of "Dead God in Me", the 10 track, 40:27 minutes long album features high quality melodic death metal played by skilled musicians. The album is well produced too, featuring a powerful and raw sound production, which suits the material well. Upon conclusion there´s been a positive development of sound since "Subterranean (1995)", and paired with a better sounding production, and a band who have honed their playing skills too, "The Jester Race" is a high quality sophomore studio album by In Flames. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

IN FLAMES Subterranean

EP · 1995 · Melodic Death Metal
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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.

IN FLAMES Lunar Strain

Album · 1994 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Lunar Strain" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish melodic death metal act In Flames. The album was released through Wrong Again Records in April 1994. In Flames was formed by guitarist Jesper Strömblad (also drums and keyboards on this release) in 1990 as a side-project where he wanted to explore a more melodic version of death metal. Something he wasn´t able to do in his then main act Ceremonial Oath. After leaving the latter in 1993, he started assembling a lineup for In Flames, but initially wasn´t able to find a suitable vocalist and therefore Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity sung on the 1993 demo. An arrangement which was continued on "Lunar Strain".

The music on the 10 track, 36:43 minutes long album is indeed melodic oriented death metal. Loads of harmony guitar themes, leads, and an overall epic atmosphere. There are also quite a few folk elements featured in the music like the occasional use of violins and acoustic guitars. The vocal style is an aggressive and relatively high pitched growling type of vocals, and they provide the music with just a slight touch of black metal (there are a few female vocals featured on the album too). A track like "Upon an Oaken Throne" even touches thrash metal territory, so In Flames are relatively eclectic on "Lunar Strain". Artists like Necrophobic, Dissection, and Unanimated aren´t completely wrong as references, although In Flames doesn´t embrace blasphemous/anti-Christian lyrics, but instead opt for a fantasy universe.

The quality of the material is very high throughout and "Lunar Strain" overall features a relatively good flow too. The sound production could have been better, but the album is still relatively well sounding, and the sound suits the music pretty well. The band is well playing too, and upon conclusion "Lunar Strain" is not only a promising debut release by In Flames, it´s also a very high quality release in it´s own right. Especially considering that it´s a debut release. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

IN FLAMES Battles

Album · 2016 · Alternative Metal
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Kev Rowland


It is always interesting to research bands such as In Flames on the web, as to say that they have upset a few people with their change in musical direction is something of an understatement. Like many others, I was incredibly impressed with these guys when they burst out of Sweden in the Nineties, so it was something of a shock to come across them again many years later and discover just how far they had changed. Now, change isn’t necessarily bad, and it can often be good, but then there are also the concerns that the band haven’t changed so much as having left the planet altogether and gone into a new universe. Possibly one where they have been starved of oxygen which could explain what they are doing now.

But, I think the largest issue here is that the band is called “In Flames” and there is a skull on the cover. If one discounts those two then it is possible to view the band in a quite different light, and think of them more as a strange My Chemical Romance and Killswitch Engage hybrid. This is Alternative Metal with a larger emphasis on the former than the latter, and the result is something that feels created and false, as if it has been written solely for radio play and charts, as opposed to anything that the band believes in. They may say “we are the truth that hurts the most” in “The Truth”, but the real truth is that here is a band that has lost their way and while they have probably gained a great deal of new fans as a result, the old ones are long gone.

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