Posts Tagged ‘Jesper Strömblad’

In-Flames_The-End-albumReview by Jeff Maki
There was a turning point in the evolution of In Flames’ sound in the early 2000s. Fans cite either 2002’s Reroute to Remain, (which featured more clean singing, melody and even a borderline country music song) or 2004’s Soundtrack to Your Escape (an industrial metal album, which, at the time, was its most commercial-sounding release to date) as the albums that “abandoned” the band’s signature melodeath sound. Come Clarity (2006), A Sense of Purpose (2008) and Sounds of a Playground Fading (2011) rode the fine line of heaviness and accessibility, and even yielded some new fan favorites along the way. Then came Siren Charms (2014,) and for many of the fans still left, this was the final nail in the coffin. I’ve been a fan of most of In Flames’ post-melodeath era albums, even Siren Charms. The album had a somber mood and explosive parts throughout. But now with In Flames’ 12th studio album, Battles, and yet more drastic changes in sound and personnel, will they be able to retain me as a fan? (more…)

in_flames_-_soundtrack_to_your_escape_As I was sifting through our website archives recently, I stumbled upon a review of this album, realizing Monday, March 17, 2014, marked the 10-year anniversary of its release. Already? Soundtrack to Your Escape is not the most popular album among diehard In Flames fans and never will be—I realize that. But this was an important release for the influential Swedish metal band, and I’ll try to explain why. (more…)

In Flames: "Evolution is Their Name"

In Flames: “Evolution is Their Name”

In case no one has noticed, metal has undergone a transformation in recent years. With the birth of metalcore and other subgenres of death and extreme metal, it’s going stronger than ever. Many of the new wave of leading metal bands point to Sweden’s In Flames as a major influence. Beginning as more of a guitar-based, melodic death metal band in the early 1990s, In Flames has evolved with each album, retaining their trademark heavy style and sound, yet adding new elements and surprises. Their ninth studio release, 2008’s A Sense of Purpose, is no different and is one of the strongest releases of their long career.

After successful tours with All That Remains and Gigantour, the band is now gearing up for their third U.S. tour supporting the release, a headlining tour with openers Between the Buried and Me, 3 Inches of Blood and The Faceless. This time around, they will have to do it without guitarist and founding member Jesper Strömblad, who recently checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol abuse.

As they prepare for their next leg of touring, bassist Peter Iwers called in from Sweden to talk with’s No. 1 In Flames supporter, Jeff Maki, about Jesper’s current status, A Sense of Purpose and why In Flames was responsible for the birth of (more…)

Sounds of the Underground with Björn Gelotte

Sounds of the Underground with Björn Gelotte

A year after opening the main stage of Ozzfest 2005, Swedish metal kings In Flames are braving the near-100-degree heat of the American summer yet again with a featured slot on the second installment of the Sounds of the Underground tour. Jeff Maki and Greg Maki of caught up with guitarist Björn Gelotte at the tour’s recent stop at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., to discuss the band’s evolution, touring and early plans for the follow-up to their latest release, Come Clarity. (more…)