IN FLAMES

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In Flames is a multi-national alternative metal band originating from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band's earlier work is considered to be a major influence to the melodic death metal music genre, although they have since distanced themselves from the melodic death metal sound. As of 2023 the band have released fourteen studio albums and numerous EP's, live albums and videos since their conception in 1990. The band has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years, both in its native Sweden and internationally.
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IN FLAMES Lunar Strain album cover 3.69 | 29 ratings
Lunar Strain
Melodic Death Metal 1994
IN FLAMES The Jester Race album cover 3.68 | 44 ratings
The Jester Race
Melodic Death Metal 1996
IN FLAMES Whoracle album cover 4.08 | 40 ratings
Whoracle
Melodic Death Metal 1997
IN FLAMES Colony album cover 4.17 | 46 ratings
Colony
Melodic Death Metal 1999
IN FLAMES Clayman album cover 3.93 | 37 ratings
Clayman
Melodic Death Metal 2000
IN FLAMES Reroute to Remain: Fourteen Songs of Conscious Insanity album cover 3.67 | 26 ratings
Reroute to Remain: Fourteen Songs of Conscious Insanity
Melodic Death Metal 2002
IN FLAMES Soundtrack to Your Escape album cover 2.96 | 25 ratings
Soundtrack to Your Escape
Melodic Death Metal 2004
IN FLAMES Come Clarity album cover 3.11 | 28 ratings
Come Clarity
Melodic Death Metal 2006
IN FLAMES A Sense of Purpose album cover 2.91 | 22 ratings
A Sense of Purpose
Alternative Metal 2008
IN FLAMES Sounds of a Playground Fading album cover 3.16 | 25 ratings
Sounds of a Playground Fading
Alternative Metal 2011
IN FLAMES Siren Charms album cover 3.18 | 16 ratings
Siren Charms
Alternative Metal 2014
IN FLAMES Battles album cover 2.33 | 11 ratings
Battles
Alternative Metal 2016
IN FLAMES I, the Mask album cover 3.36 | 7 ratings
I, the Mask
Alternative Metal 2019
IN FLAMES I, The Mask (Arcade Version) album cover 1.25 | 2 ratings
I, The Mask (Arcade Version)
Non-Metal 2020
IN FLAMES Foregone album cover 3.50 | 6 ratings
Foregone
Melodic Death Metal 2023

IN FLAMES EPs & splits

IN FLAMES Subterranean album cover 3.79 | 10 ratings
Subterranean
Melodic Death Metal 1995
IN FLAMES Black-Ash Inheritance album cover 2.89 | 9 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 0.75 | 2 ratings
Down, Wicked & No Good
Alternative Metal 2017

IN FLAMES live albums

IN FLAMES The Tokyo Showdown: Live in Japan 2000 album cover 3.50 | 5 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

IN FLAMES re-issues & compilations

IN FLAMES singles (5)

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2.67 | 3 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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0.00 | 0 ratings
Where the Dead Ships Dwell
Alternative Metal 2011
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0.00 | 0 ratings
The End
Alternative Metal 2016
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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Truth
Alternative Metal 2016

IN FLAMES movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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

IN FLAMES Reviews

IN FLAMES Clayman

Album · 2000 · Melodic Death Metal
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UMUR
"Clayman" is the 5th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act In Flames. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in July 2000. It´s the successor to "Colony" from 1999 and features the exact same five-piece linuep who recorded the predecessor. In Flames had been through many lineup changes in their early years, and a stable lineup was a this point probably a bit of a blessing.

"Clayman" is often called In Flames last death metal album before they changed their style to a more alternative metal style, but the truth is that the alternative metal tendencies already began to creep in much earlier and "Clayman" also features quite a few of those elements. The basis of the music is still a hard rocking energetic rhythm section, ultra melodic guitar leads and harmonies, and Anders Fridén´s raspy screaming vocals in front. Some of the riffs and rhythms have a more angular groove laden punchy effect to them though and Fridén´s tension building speaking type clean singing also land in alternative territory. The combination of the two styles work very well on "Clayman" though, and the album features both powerful and well written material, high level musicianship, and a professional and well sounding production.

In that respect it´s a successful continuation of the sound found on "Colony (1999)", just tweaked and perfected. So upon conclusion "Clayman" is another high quality release by In Flames and it should be able to appeal to both fans of melodic death metal as well as fans of harder edged alternative metal. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

IN FLAMES Reroute to Remain: Fourteen Songs of Conscious Insanity

Album · 2002 · Melodic Death Metal
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Unitron
Why people think In Flames just abandoned death metal for money is beyond me, considering their style of melodic death metal has always been closer to heavy metal and alternative metal anyways. They just kept expanding and improving their sound, with Reroute to Remain being their peak. The two before this and several of the following albums are great too, but the songwriting on here is just through the roof. If it's not a amazing melody putting you into a state of bliss, it's a crushing hook of a riff getting you jumping. There's little electronic touches here and there, great acoustic moments, and right when you think you might get bored with a song they'll throw in some killer groove to wake you up.

If you're just looking for death metal, put on a Obituary or Atheist classic. However if you're looking for something that's both heavy as hell and beautifully melodic, In Flames has had that mastered since Colony and like no other band within the melodic death metal scene.

IN FLAMES Colony

Album · 1999 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Colony" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act In Flames. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in May 1999. It´s the successor to "Whoracle" from 1997 and it features a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor. Björn Gelotte solely focuses on playing guitar on the album (he also played drums on the predecessor) and Daniel Svensson has been recruited as the band´s new drummer. Bassist Johan Larsson has been replaced by Peter Iwers. Guitarist Glenn Ljungström has also jumped ship and the guitars are therefore now handled by the above mentioned Björn Gelotte and by Jesper Strömblad. Vocals are handled by Anders Fridén.

Fans of In Flames usually mention the first five albums as mark 1 In Flames, where the band could be identified as a melodic death metal act, and from album number six ("Reroute to Remain (2002)") and onwards as a more alternative oriented metal act, but listening to "Colony" it´s obvious the journey towards alternative territories started much earlier. Stylistically the material on the 11 track, 41:35 minutes long album is still rooted in melodic death metal, and the listener is exposed to plenty of soaring lead guitar melodies and harmonies, as well as powerful riffs and rhythms. The vocal part of the music is one part semi-growling/screaming vocals and one part harsh semi-melodic shouting. The latter vocal style is usually used in the chorus of the tracks and is the bridge to their alternative metal future.

"Colony" features several strong compositions and I´ll mention "Ordinary Story", "Zombie Inc.", and "Coerced Coexistence", as some of the highlights, but "Colony" is overall a very consistent release when it comes to the quality of the material but also when it comes to style and sound. The album reeks high class songwriting and paired with high level musicianship and a powerful and detailed sound production, "Colony" is a high quality release by In Flames. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

IN FLAMES Whoracle

Album · 1997 · Melodic Death Metal
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UMUR
"Whoracle" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act In Flames. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in October 1997. "Whoracle" features the exact same lineup, who recorded the predecessor "The Jester Race (1996)", which considering the lineup shuffles on the early days of the band, is no small feat.

Stylistically "Whoracle" pretty much continues down the same melodic death metal path as the band also played on "The Jester Race (1996)" (still with the occasional ethnic Scandinavian folk melody thrown in). There hasn´t been a radical development of sound but the songwriting is generally a bit more focused or mature if you will. In Flames are a skilled and tight playing unit, so the musicianship is on a high level. Ultra melodic guitar leads and harmony themes, strong acoustic guitar parts, a powerful and organic playing rhythm section, occasional use of keyboards for atmosphere, and Anders Fridén´s high pitched screaming growling and occasional use of clean vocals.

The material on the 11 track, 42:31 minutes long album is consistent in style but still relatively varied which is mostly due to the band including two instrumentals and a cover of "Everything Counts" by Depeche Mode. The latter is a bit of a surprising choice for a cover, but it works great. The rest of the tracks are all high quality melodic death metal. "Whoracle" also features a professional sounding production, which suits the music well, so upon conclusion In Flames have produced a high quality release and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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.

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