In Flames
Reroute to Remain


1.5
very poor

Review

by Allhailboobies USER (2 Reviews)
February 13th, 2011 | 58 replies | 2,970 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lumpy, stodgy and pathetically repetetive, Reroute to Remain is a trainwreck from beginning to end

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

When a band decide to change their sound to ensure that they don't become stale and irrelevant, it ends up in two camps- usually very good, or very, very bad. In Flames began their progressive journey back in 1999, with their career highlight " Colony" going for a more light-hearted, piano tinged affair that was still full of fantastic guitar work reminiscent of early Iron Maiden. Follower Clayman was more of the same, but a noticeable change in the vocal departement meant many were left fearing the worst. Had Anders Friden, one of modern metals most loved/loathed voclists lost his trademark cookie monster growl, turning it in for a more american tinged metalcore scream? Well, Reroute to Remain answered the question- a definite yes.

Now, I should explain that usually, I am a fan of musical prgression. It brings out a musical side to many bands that would otherwise be unseen, and can also coincide with some of a groups strongest work. But Reroute to Remain is nothing short of a trainwreck. While the opening track isn't half bad, when you realise that In Flames degenerate into playing the same tune with a slight switch-up for some 40 odd minutes, you realise just how bland this release is. "Cloud Connected" tries and fails, rather hilariously to become a metal anthem with its stuttering guitars, plenty of really bad synth work and pathetic clean vocals, while "Trigger" takes a hip-hop inspired bridge section and dumps it in among some tub hitting and dreadful guitar lines, ripped (you guessed it) straight from the opening song.

Furthermore, the middle of this album is so bland it makes watching paint dry seem as exhilarating asbeing chsed by a pack of wolves in Alaska. The corny opening keyboard lines of "Free Fall" signal the start of "that same old song" but this time, with some crooning and singing. Dear god. To be fair "Dawn of a New Day" switches the pace up a bit and its almost complete avoidance of the crap crunch guitars makes it just about listenable, but when it is surrounded by 40 minutes of monotony its star potential goes largely unnoticed.

M Conclusion? Avoid at all costs. Reroute to Remain is seen by many to be In Flames' magnum opus of melody (which barely features) and heaviness (which unfortunatley does in copious amounts). However, look past the initial praise and all you find is an album containing the same, rehashed riff over the umpteen songs it contains. Skip two albums and look at "Come Clarity" if you are at all interested in looking for decent modern In Flames. Otherwise, don't bother with anything this band has released in the noughties. And I'm not recommending anything, as virtually every single melo-death release is better than this.


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JWT155
February 13th 2011



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album isn't thaaaaaat bad.

Leviathan8937
February 13th 2011



264 Comments


c'mon not even a sense of purpouse was that bad ,this album have somo shining moments , but the drastic change that they had after clayman is the problem

bodiesinflight57
February 13th 2011



869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anyone who thinks this is as bad as this review suggests is a cloth eared muffin.

Review needs major proof reading.

BassDemon333
February 13th 2011



3347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rules. This does not deserve such a low rating

FilthyBorgir
February 13th 2011



1334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wasn't that bad of an album.

JWT155
February 13th 2011



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed.

FilthyBorgir
February 13th 2011



1334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was just a rant review and he didn't even back up why it's "terrible".

botb
February 13th 2011



9520 Comments


yeah this album is pretty cool.

Spec
February 13th 2011



27051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What did you expect from a username like that.

FilthyBorgir
February 13th 2011



1334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol just realized what his username is.

Pyosisified
February 13th 2011



2450 Comments


yea this album is pretty bad

BassDemon333
February 13th 2011



3347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Come Clarity is still better than this but this is a great album

DinoX
February 13th 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rules

Instant neg.

Pyosisified
February 13th 2011



2450 Comments


i posd m/////

RyanWilson
February 13th 2011



90 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Far from their best album but still, not that bad. Another paragraph talking about a few more songs to get your point across wouldn't hurt.

Darkvoid67
February 13th 2011



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, this review is terrible. Username rules though. Next time, back up your points.

Album isn't even that bad, Cloud Connected and Trigger are 2 great songs

FilthyBorgir
February 13th 2011



1334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cloud Connected was B.A., the song its self could easily fit in Clayman imo.

Darkvoid67
February 13th 2011



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This will make me sound such a idiot, but what does b.a mean?

DinoX
February 13th 2011



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bad ass I assume

americanmusicmachine
February 13th 2011



3953 Comments


badass



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