In Flames
Reroute to Remain


3.5
great

Review

by itachi1452 USER (14 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2008 | 48 replies | 5,506 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Flames has been extinguished.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

There comes a point in a band’s career, where they begin to grow bored of their current sound, and they vie for a change. There’s two basic actions, either to “sell out”, or to mature and progress forward. In Flames has chosen to compromise, “selling out” slightly in the process, but still maintaining enough of their roots for the album to be considered a progression. I’ll admit that Reroute to Remain was my first In Flames album. “Trigger” was catchy as hell, and it still retained some of Anders Fridén’s former shrieks, which I enjoyed (“I am running from something I don’t know, I am…” those growls), and the song finally built its way up to a definitely well-done melodic chorus.

Upon purchasing the album, my original reaction was missed. I could see why many fans or In Flames’ old works were disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with adding some clean vocals to the music, but only if the clean vocals aren’t overdone, or are just plain bad. Later, when I bought Clayman, I realized that In Flames had really taken a fair step back.

Overall, Reroute to Remain continues where Clayman left off, only with some new changes. While Clayman was packed with dual-guitar harmonies bursting with melody, Reroute to Remain only contains a few. The most notable guitar harmony is probably in the intro of the titular track. While Clayman featured Anders growling much more harshly, Reroute featured the same Anders, growling just as harsh, but with a slightly higher-pitched voice. In Flames even threw in a few additional changes to the album, which really just makes a person say, “What happened to melodeath In Flames?”

Melodic Death Metal may be going a little too far for Reroute to Remain (I hardly consider Soilwork’s new works melodeath either). While the album still retains portions of their original Gothenburg sound, In Flames has shown that they’re not afraid to tweak around with their music. As many know, Anders starts singing. However, what many people may not know is the fact that quite frankly, he’s pretty bad at it. It’s obvious that In Flames have some great melodies in their heads, but they’re pretty bad at expressing it through singing. The choruses are almost all overdone, overproduced, and overly doubletracked (thank god the music doesn’t focus too much on his singing). It’s obvious that In Flames always held a good level of respect for the American alt-metal and nu-metal scenes, judging by a good portion of these choruses and riffs. In Flames are essentially Soilwork at this point in time, only Soilwork was able to accomplish a lot more with melodic singing.

Overall, this album contains both very good songs, as well as pretty poorly played songs. The titular track is a certain standout, with an excellent guitar harmony shining its way through the song. “Trigger” is another standout, showcasing the traditional Gothenburg sound fused with a more modern rhythm. “Drifter” is another standout, with an excellent balance of clean and screamed vocals during the chorus (though both are pretty muffled up). “Black and White” is another excellent track, with a pretty catchy chorus, featuring Anders singing and screaming at the same time (courtesy of modern studio production). However, this album isn’t without its weak points. “Cloud Connected”, the hit single, is certainly one of the worst tracks on the album, featuring a rather simplistic song, along with a chorus that just gets old so quickly. “Dawn Of A New Day” is another poorly done track. It’s a ballad that just, wasn’t even good on the first listen, which proves that ballads aren’t In Flames’ thing. “Metaphor” is another ballad, which frankly, paints In Flames in a rather emo/mallcore light, with the word “sickness” being repeated so many times, that you’re just waiting for an “OOO AH AH AH AH!” (for those who don’t know, it’s one of David Draiman from Disturbed’s signature screams). The rest of the tracks are really, just too much of the exact same thing, and while they’re still solid songs, they no longer boast In Flames’ reputation as one of death metal’s elite.

To wrap it all up, Reroute to Remain is still a fairly decent listen, but it’s absolutely nothing compared to In Flames’ older works. It’s a pretty natural progression on, so if you’re a fan of “Soundtrack to Escape” or “Come Clarity” or any new Soilwork, you should check out this album. Overall, this album just about reinforces that at this point in time, In Flames may have “matured” a little too fast for their own good, and as a result, this album may come out sounding quite strange to both old and new listeners.

Standout Tracks:
Reroute to Remain
Drifter
Trigger
Black and White



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rasputin
February 23rd 2008



14516 Comments


Review is pretty good. I don't like this album.

Pebster49
February 23rd 2008



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nIce review, ya, I still really like this album. Its very fun to listen too, but sadly it started the decline of these guys.

Yazz_Flute
February 23rd 2008



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good review, but the second paragraph from the bottom is a little repetitive, I'll vote.

This is a very underrated album. Free Fall is my personal favorite, followed by the first four tracks.

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Zoo
February 23rd 2008



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You might want to reword the first sentence in the second paragraph. Decent review, otherwise.

Reroute to Remain is pretty meh. This was the album that began their downfall.

Metalikane
February 23rd 2008



851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Of their newer stuff, I thought this killed Soundtrack, but as a whole loses to Come Clarity.

Bfhurricane
February 23rd 2008



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. Im one of those people who thinks In Flames has yet to put out a bad album, with this being their low point. Ill be a nice guy and give you a vote

ninjuice
February 23rd 2008



6759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review, I voted. ^ Soundtrack... was the worst album though.

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Poet
February 23rd 2008



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Drifter is such an awesome song. That beginning guitar riff can get stuck in my head in an instant.

Bfhurricane
February 23rd 2008



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like Soundtrack slightly better than this. Less bad songs imo.

Ire
February 24th 2008



41746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Both are pretty terrible. Nothing compares to TJR or the the other releases.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2008



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I do not agree. This album is easily the worst Melodic Death album I have ever heard.

rasputin
February 24th 2008



14516 Comments


I do not agree. This album is easily the worst Melodic Death album I have ever heard.

I don't consider this album to even be melodic death. Just because they once were, doesn't mean they still are. This is just crapodic metal.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2008



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

However you put it, it still sucks

rasputin
February 24th 2008



14516 Comments


I'm with you on that.

itachi1452
February 24th 2008



366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

meh, it's decent. trigger is certainly a standout, but it's still nothing compared to clayman. this album was more or less in flames experimenting with the clean vocals, and during soundtrack, they had experience, so they were better at executing the vocals.

rasputin
February 24th 2008



14516 Comments


Anders is one of the worst vocalists in metal, and that's without clean vocals. These albums would be better if he dropped the clean vocals, or got someone else to do it for him.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2008



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Anders is one of the worst vocalists in metal, and that's without clean vocals.


I agree.

BallsToTheWall
February 24th 2008



44164 Comments


Haven't heard this album yet, I guess I shouldn't. STYE wasn't too bad though, had some great tracks, Quiet Place, My Sweet Shadow, Evil In A Closet. Tbh, In Flames is one of those bands that I never really bothered to get into. This Message Edited On 02.24.08

Poet
February 24th 2008



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In Flames was the band I progressed to right after Nightwish, so I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for them. This is a very solid release by them though. I just hated Come Clarity.

Crimson
February 24th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hated Come Clarity, I dislike this.



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