The official Electronic Press Kit (EPK) for Sounds Of A Playground Fading, the new album from Swedish metallers In Flames, can be viewed at this location.

Sounds Of A Playground Fading will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:

June 17: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway
June 20: Rest Of Europe
June 21: Spain, Italy, North America
June 22: Finland, Hungary
June 24: Australia, New Zealand

More details about the album were previously reported over here.





Source: youtube.com
Band profile: In Flames
 
Posted: 06.06.2011 by White Winter Sun



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MechanisT - 06.06.2011 at 21:12  
The new album seems to be better than I anticipated. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Kuroboshi - 07.06.2011 at 00:24  
I'll definitely check it out. After all, these guys got me into metal.
Ende - 07.06.2011 at 00:25  
Hey folks, check out Jespers new band:
http://www.bravewords.com/news/159037
bluegreengod - 07.06.2011 at 01:59  
Wish i could just pass out today and wake on June 21.
Giza - 07.06.2011 at 02:12  
Written by Ende on 07.06.2011 at 00:25

Hey folks, check out Jespers new band:
http://www.bravewords.com/news/159037


Thanks for posting that link! I was really curious about what's Jesper up to, and now that I see he's teamed up with Glenn and Marco Aro I think this band is going to be really promising.
Cathval - 07.06.2011 at 07:36  
I hate to sound similar to those jaded, overly cynical 90's metalheads who want every album to sound like [insert one of the first four albums here], but I'll be darned if this band didn't completely drop the ball around the time "Soundtrack to Your Escape" came out. They lost, what? Ninety percent of their fanbase with that one? Gone was the elegance and dark beauty of the original albums and alien, sci-fi, dark fantasy conceptual pieces in the form of guitars, drums, bass, and harsh vocals. What replaced it, lo and behold, was a band with a similar name, but trying desperately hard to please the Hot Topic community of "One of those metal bands".

Look guys. I understand. Being in a band these days makes it hard to pay the bills. Not to mention numerous other factors. Unfortunately catering to the sounds of teenagers (who have very little comprehension of the full range of music out there), who will ONE day grow out of your "style" of metal, is not the way to go about it.

Please take a long hard listen at your earlier albums and rediscover, with no ego, why we originally loved you all in the first place.

Sincerely,

Cathval
Ende - 07.06.2011 at 12:16  
Written by Cathval on 07.06.2011 at 07:36

They lost, what? Ninety percent of their fanbase with that one? Gone was the elegance and dark beauty of the original albums and alien, sci-fi, dark fantasy conceptual pieces in the form of guitars, drums, bass, and harsh vocals. What replaced it, lo and behold, was a band with a similar name, but trying desperately hard to please the Hot Topic community of "One of those metal bands".


I totally agree. "Evolving" is good, but they could have made a new band with a different name to release the after-Clayman albums. Then I would like In Flames and "New Flames" as well but now I miss their old sound so much. There is no band sounding like that, not even the so-called Gothenburg bands.
Milena - 07.06.2011 at 12:34  
That's why I prefer Dark Tranquillity they also reinvented themselves, but superbly. Another example is Amorphis, a band with three reincarnations, each one sounds nothing like the last, but each has the same vibe to it. Or Sentenced, superb in all styles they tried. Though I yet have to listen to all In Flames put out, I still think it could have been done better.
Cathval - 07.06.2011 at 18:15  
Written by Ende on 07.06.2011 at 12:16

Written by Cathval on 07.06.2011 at 07:36

They lost, what? Ninety percent of their fanbase with that one? Gone was the elegance and dark beauty of the original albums and alien, sci-fi, dark fantasy conceptual pieces in the form of guitars, drums, bass, and harsh vocals. What replaced it, lo and behold, was a band with a similar name, but trying desperately hard to please the Hot Topic community of "One of those metal bands".


I totally agree. "Evolving" is good, but they could have made a new band with a different name to release the after-Clayman albums. Then I would like In Flames and "New Flames" as well but now I miss their old sound so much. There is no band sounding like that, not even the so-called Gothenburg bands.
And here's the thing: I liked Reroute to Remain. They could have taken that style, that new approach and ran with it...WHILE using the elements and sounds which originally made them popular. Think about the newest Blind Guardian album "At the Edge of Time". They flawlessly combined all the styles and elements from their earlier years into a new formula from their past three albums. The production, song writing, and composition of the guitars was different from the earlier material. And you know what? It worked. Oh did it work. Why? They understood and know what Blind Guardian is, unlike some bands...

In Flames just dropped any and all connections to their past. What's worse is that they deny it so often. I read an interview where they said "our roots have always been with us". Have to call BS on that one. I tried, oh did I try to like the album "Soundtrack to Your Escape" whenever it first came out. I questioned myself as a listener before ultimately deciding there was nothing wrong with my perception of it.

It.just.sucked. They've been on a downward spiral since then, which is hilariously coincidental considering the topics of their newer songs. They are the melodeath version of Metallica: In constant denial of their material.
FreddeSwede - 07.06.2011 at 21:26  
The album has leaked. A bit sad but still.
Jeeers - 07.06.2011 at 22:56  
Well I liked "Soundtrack To Your Escape" - not so much as previous albums, but still, despite being a little bit NU metalish.
In my opinion the "downward spiral" started after this album and "A Sense Of Purpose" was very HARD landing. Disgusting album!
Nigel Peppercock - 08.06.2011 at 01:59  
Written by Milena on 07.06.2011 at 12:34

That's why I prefer Dark Tranquillity they also reinvented themselves, but superbly. Another example is Amorphis, a band with three reincarnations, each one sounds nothing like the last, but each has the same vibe to it. Or Sentenced, superb in all styles they tried. Though I yet have to listen to all In Flames put out, I still think it could have been done better.

Totally agree with everything said here.
Nigel Peppercock - 08.06.2011 at 02:05  
Another thing, since Jesper left, I'm not even sure if we can even really call it an "In Flames" album. This isn't even remotely the same In Flames that we started with on Lunar Strain, so why should we even care?
Zealot644 - 08.06.2011 at 02:10  
Too bad In Flames sucks now =\

I liked everything up to Soundtrack...Sountrack was okay at best, and anything past is awful. They totally ditched the people who got them to where they are at so I can only pray that they have crap sales on albums and tours...they deserve it.
Kuroboshi - 08.06.2011 at 03:51  
Written by Zealot644 on 08.06.2011 at 02:10

Too bad In Flames sucks now =\

I liked everything up to Soundtrack...Sountrack was okay at best, and anything past is awful. They totally ditched the people who got them to where they are at so I can only pray that they have crap sales on albums and tours...they deserve it.


Personally, Clayman was the start of their downfall for me, but CC was really an ok album, I fail to see why everyone is bashing that album so hard. SOP was probably the worst shit ever though.
Ende - 08.06.2011 at 19:35  
In Flames doesn't suck. Those bearded aliens just trespass on In Flames' rights. SOAPF could be a quite good album if there was something else instead of *In Flames* written on the album cover.
Zealot644 - 18.06.2011 at 21:15  
Written by Kuroboshi on 08.06.2011 at 03:51

Written by Zealot644 on 08.06.2011 at 02:10

Too bad In Flames sucks now =\

I liked everything up to Soundtrack...Sountrack was okay at best, and anything past is awful. They totally ditched the people who got them to where they are at so I can only pray that they have crap sales on albums and tours...they deserve it.


Personally, Clayman was the start of their downfall for me, but CC was really an ok album, I fail to see why everyone is bashing that album so hard. SOP was probably the worst shit ever though.


I thought Soundtrack came out after CC? If I was mistaken, I also meant to say I liked CC aswell.

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