In Flames
Reroute to Remain


3.5
great

Review

by Darkvoid67 USER (32 Reviews)
October 7th, 2010 | 72 replies | 2,778 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The start of the change, Reroute to Remain is by no means the best In Flames album, but it is still a good listen

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

In 2002, this album proved to be the most important one of In Flames career. The bands previous effort, Clayman, had proved to be a more focused, tightly strewn affair, with down-tuned guitars and In Flames’ most mainstream attempt to date, with “Only for the Weak”. This was almost an omen for this album, mixing a distinct European sound with an undeniably catchy musical idea, taken straight from the emerging American metalcore scene.

In fact, Reroute to Remain in parts sounds like a completely different band wrote the music. The album puts a lot more focus upon the backing crunch guitars that have steadily grown more prominent in In Flames music, saving flourishes of lead guitar work for some magical moments. Some of the best tracks for examples of this are the title track, with a magical chorus, “Trigger” goes along at a right old pace until some fabulous solo work from Gelotte kicks in, and “Dawn of a New Day” harks back to work off Whoracle and Clayman with great lead melodies and cool, almost folk sounding acoustic work. This album is a bit of a mixed bag, but perhaps this works to its advantage, as most songs sound fresh.

In Flames also launch their campaign with this album to try to expand out of Europe, and you can tell with lead single and one of the best tracks on the album, “Cloud Connected”. Having a more rhythm driven section than “Only for the Weak” and heavier guitars, it not only tops its predecessor, but sounds a lot better than many American alternatives as well. Containing a mix of most of Friden’s singing styles, it not only shows the abilities and his vocal maturity, but it helps create a great overall sound as well.

However, for many this album signalled the downfall of In Flames, and I suppose it is easy to see why. Too many songs on the album just sound like filler. “Transparent” starts out with a heavy riff and pounding drumming that simply drags all the way through, sounding like next albums version of “F(r)iend, far from an In Flames best track. “Minus” is a similar track, and just sounds like bog-standard, and slightly weird, heavy metal. Moments like this stray all too often into this album, and just drag the overall quality down, thus making this no-where near as refined an effort as Clayman.

In fact, that will be my conclusion. A solid album “Reroute to Remain” certainly is, but it is far from a legendary album and far from an In Flames best as a result. Combining all of the classic techniques used by the band into a more modern sound would ultimately work for the band with 2006 and Come Clarity, but this is only the beginning. Pick it up as an easy listening metal album.

Recommended Tracks:
1. Reroute to Remain
2. System
3. Trigger
4. Cloud Connected
5. Dawn of a New Day
6. Black & White



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Gyromania
October 7th 2010



14652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Reroute to Remain is by no means great, but still a good listen

Review rating- 3.5- Great

Darkvoid67
October 7th 2010



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah...that was a fail

Pyosisified
October 7th 2010



2450 Comments


Reroute to Remain is by no means great, but still a good listen

Review rating- 3.5- Great

Album Rating: 4

Locrian
October 7th 2010



1003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This guy really loves his In Flames. I won't neg this but I think it could be improved.

Photon
October 7th 2010



1288 Comments


gotta love them flames

Digging: Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2010



26865 Comments


Big disappointment after Clayman, but still not too bad compared to what other bands do when selling out.

Digging: Morbid Angel - Blessed Are the Sick

Gyromania
October 7th 2010



14652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You have some grammar issues here and there, and your sentence structure is weak at points, but this is a good sixth review otherwise. If you'd like any help or suggestions, leave me a message on my profile page.

Jesuslaves
October 7th 2010



4572 Comments


Too much fat on this record. If they'd cut some of the crap songs (like the last two) and got it down to 11 tracks, would've been much better.

Jesuslaves
October 7th 2010



4572 Comments


Reroute to Remain is by no means great, but still a good listen

Review rating- 3.5- Great


So what. The rating legend is bullshit, I pretty much ignore it. Anything with a user or average rating of 3.5 doesn't really scream 'great' to me.

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2010



26865 Comments


First 5 songs are great and the last one is too. Its the middle part of the album that really lets it down.

Locrian
October 7th 2010



1003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anything with a user or average rating of 3.5 doesn't really scream 'great' to me.


These high-ish ratings usually come from troll 5's, fanboys, and people who hear an album once and call it a classic.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2010



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with Gyromania about the sentence structure, but the review's decent for a 6th. Have a pos of/for encouragement.

Album is damn sexy and what the hell man, "Transparent" is awesome.

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Gyromania
October 7th 2010



14652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with Magnus, Transparent rules. This might just be my second favorite IF record, It just flows so well and marks a
distinct change in sound for them. Oh and the choruses rule!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2010



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What's your most favorite, Gyromania?

fr33convict
October 7th 2010



11678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

But there are so many better in flames albums!

Gyromania
October 7th 2010



14652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Come Clarity, and then this and Colony are pretty much tied for second

GorgonzolaCheese1
October 7th 2010



278 Comments


Wow, u dum?

Gyromania
October 7th 2010



14652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Guess so

fr33convict
October 7th 2010



11678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're earlier stuff is way harder to get into than they're newer albums. You ain't dum!

GorgonzolaCheese1
October 7th 2010



278 Comments


It doesn't matter what is or what isn't more accessible, it's a matter of what's good and what isn't. By any standard, accessible or not, this album is a horrendous mess.



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