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Release date: 15 June 2011
Style: Gothenburg metal, Alternative metal

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01. Sounds Of A Playground Fading
02. Deliver Us
03. All For Me
04. The Puzzle
05. Fear Is The Weakness
06. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
07. The Attic
08. Darker Times
09. Ropes
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jester's Door
12. A New Dawn
13. Liberation

The best Alternative Metal album of 2011

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Release dates:
Sweden: June 15
Germany: June 17
Rest Of Europe: June 20
North America: June 21

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
6.0
In Flames are a massive band, which made A Sense Of Purpose three years ago a massive disappointment to a lot of people. Three years on with a new record label and a new album Sounds Of A Playground Fading, let's see what's going on.

The album title does little for confidence, but album number ten actually isn't as bad as the title would imply. This is the same In Flames as the last albums, but the quality of songs is a level higher. The album has some nice songs on it, especially at the front and back ends with "Deliver Us" and the lively "The Puzzle" from the beginning, and "A New Dawn" near the end. There are some nice hooks and melodies here, last track "Liberation" could easily be a metal cover of a pop song. For the most part of the album, In Flames do what they have been doing quite successfully recently, which is churning out incredibly modern-sounding metal for the masses.

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published 12.06.2011 | Comments (64)

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!J.O.O.E.!

12.06.2011 Let's nip this in the bud: this ain't no Jester Race. But ain't no A Sense of Purpose either.

Take a few deep breaths, maybe think of a nice time you spent with girl/boy/horsefriend and gently let all your preconceptions slide off you, much in the same way those lovely girls who you watch mud wrestle slide all over each other on those lonely Friday nights... I'm sure I had a point, something about the new Morbid Angel? I can't really remember. Oh yeah, the new In Flames. It's really very not bad, plenty of thick leading harmonies harking back as far as Reroute To Remain do a plenty fine job of rekindling a little bit of the love you felt for these guys.

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sorin - 08.08.2011 at 12:27  
Rating: 9 Different but really great with many riffs and melodies
aerobat97 - 10.08.2011 at 19:13  
Rating: 8 This album was really different, but epic all the same.
*!* - 15.08.2011 at 04:27  
Rating: 7 As an album on its own without comparing it to the older in flames, its not bad actually
Therapy? - 12.09.2011 at 01:37  
Rating: 9
Written by *!* on 15.08.2011 at 04:27

As an album on its own without comparing it to the older in flames, its not bad actually


Exactly.

People should get over their butthurt that In Flames will not make the music from the Colony or Clayman era anymore and instead choose to keep evolving. I'm a big fan of their old stuff myself as well, but It's been over 10 years now, get over it already.

If this album didn't have the In Flames stamp on it, but would be another side project (like the awesome Passenger) people who reject it now, would probably be praising it.
Moosh666 - 03.10.2011 at 11:04  
Rating: 2 I decided to give it a looksy because I was told 'A New Dawn' sounded like their old stuff......it did, but only for 1 minute into the song. So I listened to some other songs to see if there was anything good - I was very disappointed, this literally sounds like a Bring Me The Horizon album, it makes me want to kill whoever made it. Which is sad, because I love these guys, I just hate their new music....
Passenger - 22.10.2011 at 20:35  
Rating: 8 Yeah well... i think this is their worst album ever :/
kaspair - 13.11.2011 at 18:06  
Rating: 8 Just listen to the music itself, in stead of comparing it with their earlier work, the music is great.
Troy Killjoy - 13.11.2011 at 22:05  
 
Written by kaspair on 13.11.2011 at 18:06
Just listen to the music itself, in stead of comparing it with their earlier work, the music is great.

It took me a while to separate the old from the new, and while I don't think the new is anything special I do recognize it as something completely removed from that Gothenburg melodic death metal they used to play.

If this was a debut album for an entirely different band it would likely receive a lot less hate/attention, but the band chose to keep their name and release material of a completely different direction so they will be judged by fans of the old sound.
cancel - 15.11.2011 at 10:41  
Rating: 9 I finally found out how to rate In Flames albums - not to compare it with previous works, because this is simply impossible. We cannot expect repeating the same music and growls and whatever else like it was on Clayman and Colony (in fact maybe only two albums, which are comparable). Sounds Of A Playground Fading brings us to a different era of In Flames music. It is not even A Sense Of Purpose anymore, there is nothing reminding year 2008. Just take it as a single work with no previous ones. In Flames are unpredictable and they likely will be till the end of their music days. Hail to this one, guys!
prnzo - 16.11.2011 at 18:34  
  The production's been an issue w/ the last 2 albums, making them sound like modern metal masquerading as modern rock. As long as IF stay interesting, as much as it's at times amateurish, confused and pandering, I'll stay a semi-fan. There's more cringeworthy moments on this one than ever, but they still retain a modicum of elements from their golden past, even if some of them are perverted to be more cliched and therefore accessible. If you really listen to these albums in a certain way, Reroute and since (bar most of STYE), they're not doing anything incredibly different from what they used to do. The blunting of the metal edge in the final mix of ASOP and SOAPF and the overall simplification of, give or take, 2/3rd of the riffs and song parts in all their modern albums and the addition of clean vox is the big difference (and the sometimes abysmal lyrics and whiny vocal and after-vocal when Anders catches his breath, uggh). They already had soaring choruses even before Clayman, I mean look at Ordinary Story or Episode 666. And they never really had any deviation from verse-chorus-verse-chorus-breakdown-chorus starting w/ Whoracle and on, though even recent modern songs like "Sleepless Again" and "The Puzzle" have a slightly untraditional structure. I do see the big deal overall, and I've felt the betrayal as well, trust me, and there's some serious dilution and dubious experimenting of their old formula in order to mass-appeal. But they also have a sense of their own integrity, as warped as that might be; and that keeps most of the songs, and albums, intriguing enough to stick around for at least a little while on each. Just my opinion, of course.

...and I feel Come Clarity is the best modern output, followed by Reroute to Remain, then either A Sense of Purpose or Sounds of a Playground Fading (ASOP is longer with more songs and weaker of the 2 IMO and boasts the awkward and pace-killing "The Chosen Pessimist", while SOAPF I feel is stronger of the 2 but too short w/ its 2 pointless interludes and a fail track at the end). Soundtrack to Your Escape is firmly at the bottom, variably a guilty pleasure (Touch of Red is a 'banger though!). Sorry if this was (I forget the acronym) too long of a post.
John Shock - 23.12.2011 at 03:35  
  I'm almost finishing listen to it and i'm kinda surprised...it's not as bad as many guys are sayin' arround here...but that's tastes...i rate it about a 7/7.5!
Boxcar Willy - 04.01.2012 at 16:16  
 
Written by Therapy? on 12.09.2011 at 01:37

Written by *!* on 15.08.2011 at 04:27

As an album on its own without comparing it to the older in flames, its not bad actually


Exactly.

People should get over their butthurt that In Flames will not make the music from the Colony or Clayman era anymore and instead choose to keep evolving. I'm a big fan of their old stuff myself as well, but It's been over 10 years now, get over it already.

If this album didn't have the In Flames stamp on it, but would be another side project (like the awesome Passenger) people who reject it now, would probably be praising it.

Ihad never heard any Inflames before this, other than their previous album, which was pitiful. I agree they shouldn't tank it becuase of their good albums, but this still isn't very good.
Mr. Doctor - 04.01.2012 at 16:18  
Rating: 7
Written by Boxcar Willy on 04.01.2012 at 16:16
I had never heard any Inflames before this, other than their previous album, which was pitiful.


You're missing out
Boxcar Willy - 04.01.2012 at 16:20  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.01.2012 at 16:18

Written by Boxcar Willy on 04.01.2012 at 16:16
I had never heard any Inflames before this, other than their previous album, which was pitiful.


You're missing out

I know I'm trying to into clayman, or The jester Race, but I can't find time

I suppose I could download it now.
Mr. Doctor - 04.01.2012 at 16:21  
Rating: 7
Written by Boxcar Willy on 04.01.2012 at 16:20

Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.01.2012 at 16:18

Written by Boxcar Willy on 04.01.2012 at 16:16
I had never heard any Inflames before this, other than their previous album, which was pitiful.


You're missing out

I know I'm trying to into clayman, or The jester Race, but I can't find time

I suppose I could download it now.


Well, I personally don't like Clayman very much but albums like, Jester Race, Whoracle and Colony are fucking A.
Boxcar Willy - 04.01.2012 at 16:24  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.01.2012 at 16:21

Written by Boxcar Willy on 04.01.2012 at 16:20

Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.01.2012 at 16:18

Written by Boxcar Willy on 04.01.2012 at 16:16
I had never heard any Inflames before this, other than their previous album, which was pitiful.


You're missing out

I know I'm trying to into clayman, or The jester Race, but I can't find time

I suppose I could download it now.


Well, I personally don't like Clayman very much but albums like, Jester Race, Whoracle and Colony are fucking A.


this immediatly came to mind.
s_t_s - 28.06.2012 at 10:58  
Rating: 7 I didn't know In Flames before "Soundtrack to your escape" (tho later I listened to their earlier albums) but this album has been gradually growing on me, excepty for the puky final track So ok it's nothing brutal or fast like STYE but the melodies are really good ! While "A sense of purpose" had me think that In Flames was definitely lost, this album proves that you can do shit and hopefully become a good band later on. So please, no more crap, I will content with albums like this latest one and for brutal noise there are still plenty of bands out there
Sync - 04.08.2012 at 22:05  
Rating: 9 A welcome return to some pretty kick ass solos in this album! Very good and grew on me loads after the first listen.
Sword_Chant - 30.10.2012 at 18:12  
Rating: 5 Better than 'A Sense Of Purpose', especially in the lyrical direction. Far away from the legacy of their earliest albums, but it's still a playable album none the less.
JÄY - 07.01.2013 at 23:08  
Rating: 7 Not bad at all!
BloodJuNkie - 15.11.2013 at 17:37  
Rating: 7 Lol'ed at "The best Alternative Metal album of 2011" ... It's a very good album but it would have been better if it wasn't In Flames.
Troy Killjoy - 15.11.2013 at 23:14  
 
Written by BloodJuNkie on 15.11.2013 at 17:37
...it would have been better if it wasn't In Flames.

As in another band writing this kind of album would have done a better job, or you think this album is worse than it really is simply because of the band's previous releases? I don't know if you've followed In Flames throughout their career, but they kind of abandoned the whole pure melo-death thing well before they wrote this album.
Mr. Doctor - 15.11.2013 at 23:18  
Rating: 7 I still stand behind the idea that this album is, quoting joe, really very not bad. Reminiscent of Reroute To Remain at some points. Waaaaaaaaay better than the two previous.
BloodJuNkie - 15.11.2013 at 23:58  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.11.2013 at 23:14

Written by BloodJuNkie on 15.11.2013 at 17:37
...it would have been better if it wasn't In Flames.

As in another band writing this kind of album would have done a better job, or you think this album is worse than it really is simply because of the band's previous releases? I don't know if you've followed In Flames throughout their career, but they kind of abandoned the whole pure melo-death thing well before they wrote this album.


Well, i lol'ed at "The best Alternative Metal album of 2011" because it's sad but true. It's a very good alternative metal album, but the sad thing is that it was made by a Melodeath band like In Flames. I hope you understood now.
Troy Killjoy - 16.11.2013 at 00:03  
 
Written by BloodJuNkie on 15.11.2013 at 23:58
You didn't understand what i said, did you? Read it again.

I didn't understand, which is why I asked you to clarify in my previous post (even supplying my own two possible theories). I'm assuming you think the album would have been better if it was released by another band?
BloodJuNkie - 16.11.2013 at 00:05  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.11.2013 at 00:03

Written by BloodJuNkie on 15.11.2013 at 23:58
You didn't understand what i said, did you? Read it again.

I didn't understand, which is why I asked you to clarify in my previous post (even supplying my own two possible theories). I'm assuming you think the album would have been better if it was released by another band?


Read my earlier post I edited it the same time you were posting. ..
Troy Killjoy - 16.11.2013 at 00:09  
 
Written by BloodJuNkie on 15.11.2013 at 23:58
It's a very good alternative metal album, but the sad thing is that it was made by a Melodeath band like In Flames. I hope you understood now.

I definitely understand (thanks for clearing it up), but I also think this is a weird way to look at music. Does it matter that In Flames used to write a different style of music? If you like this album for what it is, it really shouldn't matter who made it. You're judging the music based on who wrote it rather than the way it sounds, which to me seems rather odd. :/
BloodJuNkie - 16.11.2013 at 00:15  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.11.2013 at 00:09

Written by BloodJuNkie on 15.11.2013 at 23:58
It's a very good alternative metal album, but the sad thing is that it was made by a Melodeath band like In Flames. I hope you understood now.

I definitely understand (thanks for clearing it up), but I also think this is a weird way to look at music. Does it matter that In Flames used to write a different style of music? If you like this album for what it is, it really shouldn't matter who made it. You're judging the music based on who wrote it rather than the way it sounds, which to me seems rather odd. :/


Well no, i agree with you that it doesn't matter who wrote it but that's what i just said. It's a very good Alt. Metal album but it makes me feel upset that it was made by In Flames. I still like the album but i don't like the way they changed their career. Actually it's all up to them they are free to sing whatever they want but because In Flames is one of my top 5 favorite bands i feel a little bit upset. Still a very good alternative metal album.
And btw, i think the upcoming album will be the same. There are too many people who appreciate SOAPF, i hate that but that means there's no way to see old In Flames again. Anders's voice has changed a little bit too it's not the same as he was in The Jester Race for example.
Troy Killjoy - 16.11.2013 at 00:22  
 
Written by BloodJuNkie on 16.11.2013 at 00:15
...there's no way to see old In Flames again.

Exactly, and at least you understand that! I'm not sure whether it's more funny or pathetic to read about people waiting for another Whoracle... it's just not gonna happen.

It's a risk any time a band as big as In Flames changes their sound. Do you keep the name for marketing purposes or do you change it so fans no longer associate you with previous releases? I personally haven't done any research into their record sales, but I don't imagine it was the best decision for them (reputation-wise at least) to remain as In Flames.
BloodJuNkie - 16.11.2013 at 00:30  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.11.2013 at 00:22

Written by BloodJuNkie on 16.11.2013 at 00:15
...there's no way to see old In Flames again.

Exactly, and at least you understand that! I'm not sure whether it's more funny or pathetic to read about people waiting for another Whoracle... it's just not gonna happen.

It's a risk any time a band as big as In Flames changes their sound. Do you keep the name for marketing purposes or do you change it so fans no longer associate you with previous releases? I personally haven't done any research into their record sales, but I don't imagine it was the best decision for them (reputation-wise at least) to remain as In Flames.


I'm not 100% sure but i think their sales have increased. They are also doing some other works other than music like "The Jester's Curse" comic book, the characters' design is pretty nifty btw, and their music videos on YouTube for the new In Flames era have more views than the old era. Anyway i wish them a good luck
Troy Killjoy - 16.11.2013 at 00:34  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.11.2013 at 23:18
Waaaaaaaaay better than the two previous.

Agreed 100%. This is far from brilliant but it puts those albums to shame.
JÄY - 16.11.2013 at 05:59  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.11.2013 at 00:34

Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.11.2013 at 23:18
Waaaaaaaaay better than the two previous.

Agreed 100%. This is far from brilliant but it puts those albums to shame.

The prophesies did not lie....
He has returned.....
Troy Killjoy - 16.11.2013 at 06:06  
 
Written by JÄY on 16.11.2013 at 05:59
The prophesies did not lie....
He has returned.....

I missed commenting on In Flames album threads too much. I had to come back.
JÄY - 16.11.2013 at 06:12  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.11.2013 at 06:06

Written by JÄY on 16.11.2013 at 05:59
The prophesies did not lie....
He has returned.....

I missed commenting on In Flames album threads too much. I had to come back.

The reason I stick around, tbh
....that and the women.
Troy Killjoy - 16.11.2013 at 06:19  
 
Written by JÄY on 16.11.2013 at 06:12
....that and the women.

Aye, the women!

Speaking of women, I wonder if these guys will ever venture into female vocalist territory. Someone like a Maria Brink could probably fit into their current style rather well.
JÄY - 16.11.2013 at 06:24  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.11.2013 at 06:19

Written by JÄY on 16.11.2013 at 06:12
....that and the women.

Aye, the women!

Speaking of women, I wonder if these guys will ever venture into female vocalist territory. Someone like a Maria Brink could probably fit into their current style rather well.

Actually, I could see that haha......
Stunning Cactus - 08.12.2013 at 08:31  
  Am I the only one who actually really digs this album?
wintress - 08.01.2014 at 20:51  
Rating: 10 This album got me back into metal and introduced me to old In Flames, so I just can't give it lower than a ten. Regardless, I do like (love) all of the songs and I don't understand why so many people don't. Actually, I enjoy the fact that In Flames' discography is so varied and different. Oh, well, maybe it's just me.

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