In Flames
Reroute to Remain


3.5
great

Review

by Kenneth E. Rathburn USER (71 Reviews)
July 20th, 2011 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Simplification begins to dominate In Flames' sound, resulting in their last quintessential record.

Just about everyone in the heavy metal community knows In Flames. Being among the noted melodic death metal triangle (alongside At the Gates and Dark Tranquillity), their influence was evident well before their eventual, infamous surge of popularity. Although albums such as Soundtrack to Your Escape and Come Clarity are often cited as their key points of transition (to nu metal/metalcore), they began driving this road as early as 1999's Colony. Regardless, their greatest shift of musical styles can be found going from Clayman to Reroute to Remain. And though criticism of it and their successive works hasn't been completely unwarranted, Reroute to Remain has since proved to be the band's last truly compelling studio release.

The ball is hit running with the title track, giving an almost cloud-effect sound after the comparatively harsh style which In Flames had come to be defined by. Anders Friden's growls have ultimately been replaced by modest screams, presumably to compliment the soft, relatively command-less guitar riffs. Reroute to Remain is one of those select few albums where the art literally lets you know what the music will be like. The vague, mist-like overtone consistently defines each track and lends a smooth flow from start to finish, even with heavier points like "Transparent" preceding the slow, ballad-esque "Dawn of a New Day."

However, this debatably stale sound means that little to no room is available for standouts. While catchier, chorus-driven songs started to become prominent for In Flames on Reroute to Remain, the production and overall tuning style results in a high level of restraint. Everyone in the band is in top form, but most moments throughout the album's moderate runtime aren't among their most memorable. It's a bit of a shame too, since the album actually includes some of the band's best songs from the past ten years. The aforementioned title track exhibits an almost contradictory style by sounding intense and unobtrusive, simultaneously. "Trigger," though adhering to a basic structure, still comes off as one of the band's more progressive-sounding pieces overall. Other moments, such as the climaxing solo and outro to "Minus" provide a wonderfully concussive blend of riffs and blasts; further wavered by the incorporation of synthesizers.

In Flames had already indicated that they'd be past their prime after releasing the enjoyable, through strictly solid Clayman. But that didn't mean they were going to give us strictly unfulfilling material immediately afterwards. Ultimately, Reroute to Remain comfortably sits in the middle of In Flames' discography. Almost nothing here rivals what we got treated to on The Jester Race through Colony, but it blows away most of the almost shameless songs off of Soundtrack to Your Escape and Come Clarity. Subtle signs of aggression occasionally call out in a foggy collection of enjoyable, but relatively unimposing tracks.



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Xenorazr
July 20th 2011


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Surprised I didn't do an In Flames reviewer earlier. I'll admit the review is short, but it's a really a basic album.

Parallels
July 20th 2011


6643 Comments


Good review. I don't know much about this band though.

IrishJay91
July 20th 2011


688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A little short, but pretty well written.
Albums boring as fuck imo, but different strokes and whatnot.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yup, I agree with what IrishJay91 said about the review. One thing I can't understand though is how you can like this and dislike CC. Besides the vox, imo that one surpasses this one in almost every way, though I obviously love RtR too.

Xenorazr
July 20th 2011


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Come Clarity just had too many mediocre tracks. Dead End, the title track and Crawl Through Knives were good, but songs like Take This Life, Leeches, Reflect the Storm and Scream really brought it down.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Personal preference I guess. I like all of those songs a lot (especially Take This Life, such a superb song imo), even Scream despite its weak lyrics.

MO
July 20th 2011


19077 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Albums so meh.

renegadestrings
July 21st 2011


1469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I SCREAM YOU SCREAM WE SCRAAAAAAAEEEMEEEMDJ
E BUT NOAH RISTENS.

Good album, though it's yet to sink in

Gyromania
July 21st 2011


16088 Comments


"Versus Terminus" is my favorite song from Come Clarity. After thinking long and hard I've come to the conclusion that this is Come Clarity done properly. That said, I really do enjoy Come Clarity as an album, I just don't like every single song, whereas this seems more cohesive.

voltaireian
July 21st 2011


33 Comments


difnitely gonna check this!

Darkvoid67
July 21st 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Second half of this album is so boring. Dismiss the Cynics, Free Fall, Metaphor, all so bad. Still, review was good so kudos. I heavily disagree however about STYE being nu-metal. An addition of added synth does not always mean a band is becoming part of that genre.

Pyosisified
July 21st 2011


2450 Comments


Metaphor is so fucking bad its unbelievable

Xenorazr
July 21st 2011


462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"I heavily disagree however about STYE being nu-metal. An addition of added synth does not always mean a band is becoming part of that genre."

I never said the synth was what made STYE sound nu metal (esque). Newer In Flames albums (Reroute and onward) have gradually moved away from melodeath metal and more towards a mix of lighter genres; in metal anyways. I said nu metal/metalcore because the incorporation of those genres was part of what made their albums sound so different. It'd be like picking one of the many genres Symphony X have used; it's definitely present, but how prominent said (sub)genre is is debatable.





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