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Sounds of a Playground Fading [Deluxe Edition]

In FlamesAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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It was the year 1990, Jesper decided to take leave of the band Ceremonial Oath, that he was currently in, together with Anders Fridén and Anders Iwers (Tiamat)

He wanted to make music in a different direction, and he teamed up with Johan Larsson and Glenn Ljungström to form IN FLAMES. The gang made a demo and shipped it off to Wrong Again records in order to get a ... Read more in Amazon's In Flames Store

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B004WOXMG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sounds Of A Playground Fading
2. Deliver Us
3. All For Me
4. The Puzzle
5. Fear Is The Weakness
6. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
7. The Attic
8. Darker Times
9. Ropes
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jesters Door
12. A New Dawn
13. Liberation

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Deluxe two disc (CD/DVD) digipak edition includes bonus DVD containing a behind the scenes look at the making of the album. 2011 album from the Swedish Melodic Death Metal band. Sounds Of A Playground Fading is a new chapter for In Flames now that founding guitarist and songwriter Jesper Stromblad is no longer part of the band. Stromblad took himself out of the equation prior to the writing of the new record, leaving guitarist Bjorn Gelotte to lay the first stones of a new foundation on his own.

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and needed entry to the IF catalog June 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of In Flames since the beginning and count myself as one of those who have enjoyed their evolution as a band. To help you better understand where I'm coming from: The first piece of anything I ever learned on guitar was the intro to Moonshield. My ringtone is the lead from December Flower. My favorite album of IF is Reroute to Remain, followed by Colony. There's not an album from IF I don't like a lot or love (Sense of Purpose is my least favorite up til now, which I think most longtime IF fans would agree with).

But even I have to admit that there have been moments in the recent past of the band that didn't click with me. It took me months to start enjoying A Sense of Purpose, and there's still a lot about that album that bothers me. Add that to the fact that this is the first album without founding member Jesper, and I was extremely nervous. I shouldn't have been.

This album knocked my socks off. There are riffs here that are among the best ever written by the band (namely, Ropes. If you can listen to the beginning of Ropes and not be blown away, you can safely leave this album on the shelf). Fear is the Weakness is one of the more demanding songs drum-wise that they've written in a while as well. For those familiar with the song Nerve from Soilwork, imagine a mixture of that with some Black Ash Inheritance - era riffage.

On a further note, the guitar leads on this album are the best since Colony. I honestly didn't know they still had this in them. They are melodic and memorable -- no "noodling" here.

The songwriting is patient and very mature on this album. The vocals are less "screamy" than most of their earlier work, but never in a 'wussy' way.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So close to a polished return, yet so far June 21, 2011
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I hesitate to write this review, because it's hard to give anything less than five stars to what has been one of my absolute favorite bands. The bigger problem is that I almost want to give it a 3/5. This is because after a few full listens I feel this is the most hit or miss album that In Flames has recorded. It's bound to be divisive among metal fans, if only because it has a lot of clean sections (which tend to be anathema for many).

I actually think that most of the clean vocals come across well. Tracks like "Deliver Us," "Where Dead Ships Dwell," and the title track, work quite well, and showcase the kind of clean edge that In flames brings to their work. Even "Liberation" - which might be the most radio-friendly track in the long history of the band - works from a musical angle. And for all the people screaming "sell out" or "this is pop music," no, no it is still not even close (just take a listen to top-40 music, you'll be lucky to find anything classified as rock, much less metal). But it is certainly a newer direction. Just for the act of trying something different, I have to continue to applaud the band, because there tends to be little to no variation in the genre.

But Sounds of a Playground Fading has its fair share of problems. First of all, the vocals on the more thrash-ish tracks (The Puzzle, Enter Tragedy, Darker Times, etc.) just seem off. Anders' voice doesn't match the music, and one has to wonder if the vocals weren't over-produced on several of the cuts (in their studio diaries, Anders stated that they spent much longer refining the vocal tracks than they ever had before). However, the biggest problem with the album, at least in my view, is the overuse of wah pedals on all the guitar solos.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life After Jesper June 21, 2011
By Joe H.
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In Flames has become perhaps the most popular band from the melodic metal genre that came out of Sweden. The band is also largely responsible for a lot of the trends found in that genre which so wonderfully blended elements of Death and New Wave of British Heavy Metal styles. The most defining, and often most celebrated, part of In Flames was the twin guitar attack of Jesper Strömblad and Björn Gelotte. Not only was the duo celebrated, but Strömblad was the creative force behind the band's sound. In Flames has gone through many changes over the last 15+ years, but the biggest change for the band was dealing with the departure of Strömblad following 2008's "A Sense of Purpose."

As In Flames has grown in popularity it has found more criticism from metal insiders and the fan base as well. Some of it has been warranted as the last album and "Soundtrack to Your Escape" were low points for the group. There's also been moments of brilliance along the way as well, and 2006's "Come Clarity" was a return to form in some ways, though for a certain sect it was more of the same with little resemblance to an albums past like "The Jester Race."

"Sounds of a Playground Fading" will not bring back the old fans who departed after 1999's "Colony" or its follow-up, "Clayman." It will, however, satisfy those who have stuck with the band and found tracks to enjoy on the more modern records. Vocalist Anders Friden was quoted as saying more attention was paid to the vocals with this release, which makes some sense as one would expect Friden to fill in a majority of the creative void left behind by Strömblad's departure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top to bottom a great album
I personally do not see how this album could be rated any less than a 4, and I chose to give it a 5. Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars In Flames evolves once again
Apparently some people are still stuck in the past. Every artist must grow and evolve, which is what In Flames has done with this album. Great CD! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible CD! A must-own for any metal collection!
Great CD! Worth every penny! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys metal! If you enjoy metal, you have to aggressively search to find the gems, as the radio plays the same old... Read more
Published 2 months ago by THE TUCSON MANIMAL
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer album!
Just recent;y started listening to In Flame, I'm now a new fan for sure !! Album is great from start to finish.
Published 2 months ago by Erik Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Love InFlames
One of my favorite bands of all time and this CD is just another notch in the belt. Not as METAL as their first couple CD but right in line with what they have been doing since... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RN
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy and Melodic
It is one of the bests In Flame's album. Got really heavy and melodic riffs. Vocals is also melodic, screaming parts are amazig.
Published 6 months ago by Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!!!!!
I love the mix of screaming, grating, and melodic vocals in time with the powerful guitar riffs. Really great sound!!!!
Published 8 months ago by LIONMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars In Flames with more singing.
As In Flames gets older they've changed their style from the more screaming type songs to a more melodic/screaming/singing deal...this is a prime example of it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Timeless Apparition
4.0 out of 5 stars Another eminently enjoyable In Flames effort
The tenth long-player from gods In Flames is not the long, long awaited return to the "Jester Race" or "Whoracle" days of these Scandinavian melodic death metal gods, nor is it a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Stutheit
4.0 out of 5 stars not the heavist of the in flames albums but...
not the heaviest of the in flames albums but it has grown on me after a few times of playing it. still not bad.
Published 16 months ago by AO
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