Soundtrack to Your Escape
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With their new CD, SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR ESCAPE, expectations are higher than ever leaving many to wonder if the band will finally listen to their critics (and, more importantly, their fans) and take a more traditional approach to the songs. There are some songs that hearken back to what made In Flames so original: the dual guitar interplay, the intricate patterns and death-style vocals. Unfortunately, much of what went wrong on REROUTE TO REMAIN still exists and sadly, that will overshadow the positive.
The first track, "F(r)iend," starts off well enough and things sound good with a speedy riff and aggressive, though not "true," death vocals. It is with the second track (and first single), "The Quiet Place," that the ugly Korn influences trickle in.Read more ›
STYE is a continuation of what the band tried with RTR. Nu-metal? Hardly. For one, it doesn't suck like any of the crap I hear on the radio here in the U.S., but I do have to admit it does have some "nu-metal" type elements. These aren't exactly bad, they add to the music. After all, who said nu-metal couldn't be done "right"?
This whole Korn comparison is complete BS too. I'd like to see Head (now left Korn because he found Jesus) or Munky write interludes of the same calibre Jesper and Bjorn can still write. And if you're complaining about Anders' vocals, apparently you didn't hear him on Clayman or RTR. His current vocal style has been in-development for quite a few years now. There should be no surprises here!
All-in-all, STYE is an album that has grown on me as another reviewer put it. Like many, I was skeptical of In Flames' "newer" sound, but it's still far superior to anything Korn, Linkin Park, System of A Down, (insert any crappy nu-metal band's name here) can come up with.
STYE may not be their most solid effort, but it's still a good listen. If you can listen to this album with an open mind and not long for the days of Jester Race or Whoracle (2 very high-quality albums), then you should be able to enjoy it. Otherwise face it people, the In Flames of the "old" era don't seem to be coming back. If you can't deal with that, either stop listening or stop complaining!
Best Songs: Evil In A Closet, Like You Better Dead
For long time fans, this might be a disapointment. Being a fan since Colony, I enjoyed this album. However, when reaching the 8th track, it seems like you've heard the whole album already. Not too much variety. For you guitar techies, all songs are in drop Bb, and the same 4 or 5 chords are played extensively throughout the album. Then again, In Flames has already played in a minor scale successfully, but it seems like they're missing something when compared to their earlier material.
For people new to In Flames, they will probably be relatively pleased.
As mentioned before, the dual guitars are lost, occasionally showing up in tracks like 'Dead Alone', 'In Search For I', and 'Dial 595-Escape', but you can hear them briefly throughout the album. To me, Jesper and Bjorn are excellent guitarists, but they don't seem to show their talent too much. Solos do show up occasionally as well in 'F(r)iend', 'Evil In A Closet', 'In Search For I', 'Borders and Shading', and 'Dial 595-Escape', but again, not as impressive as their earlier accomplishments.
In my opinion, it's worth giving a listen to if you're a Flames fan (don't worry, it's not the 'St. Anger' of In Flames albums :-P ). It's still an enjoyable Euro-metal album, but may not be up to par with earlier in Flames releases or other bands such as Children of Bodom or Predator's Portrait-era Soilwork.
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This is without a doubt one of In Flames BEST albums. It drew a lot of criticism from fans on account of the different song structure i.e. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michelle
Awesome album. I love In Flames. This is a slightly different style but, it's still heavy and it delivers a huge punch. I would definitely recommend this to any true In Flames fan. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aloi Kui
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Brian