In Flames
Soundtrack to Your Escape


1.5
very poor

Review

by hollowedoutchest USER (3 Reviews)
July 18th, 2013 | 24 replies | 1,201 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My condolences to any and all die-hard fans of Gothenburg’s original sound who suffered through this.

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

There was a sickness that rapidly began permeating the airwaves in the mid 2000s, flying under the banner of gothic/industrial metal, yet having a bit more in common with the bumbling nu-metal/mallcore tendencies of Korn and Deftones. Actually, both of said bands have been helping to propagate this odd notion of synthesizer driven industrial music with groovy, hypnotic chug riffs that are about as somniferous as a gallon of warm milk. There is no quicker way to get noticed by the snot nosed legions of the music video hipster crowd than a few good over-processed guitar groove riffs and a whinny vocal display with occasional hints at pseudo-tough guy shouting. And in much the same fashion as Machine Head did earlier in the decade, In Flames seems to have elected to jump on the bandwagon and beat the trend leaders at their own game.

“Soundtrack To Your Escape” is a really bad exercise in stylistic fence straddling that makes “Reroute To Remain” look good by comparison. While the same annoying combination of poorly realized pseudo-death screams and pretty boy emo clean singing is revolting the ears, the band has really decided to put the keyboards up in the mix and have come out with something that borderlines on rave music at times. Further compounding the issue is the band’s desire to give off some semblance of still being metal influenced, particularly in the vain of a somewhat diligent metalcore outfit, and have come up with something that is still somewhat complex and guitar happy, though not quite so much in the traditional melodic form of before. What really separates this from the usual drudgery heard out of today’s mainstream acts is that there are about 3 times as many groove riffs, but sadly quantity does not necessarily lead to quality, nor does complexity for that matter.

Ultimately, there are a couple of songs on here that seem to desire a more metallic audience, but otherwise the dimensions of this are a singular one where mid-tempo land and flat rhythmic chugging are the rule of the day. “In Search For I” remembers the speed that was there in the days of “Colony” and makes the most regular use of guitar harmony amidst the percussive tendencies of the song. There’s a few electronic sections where one almost feels like an Evanescence song sneaked into the play list with Friden’s bratty bellowing still blaring through the vocal tracks. “Superhero Of The Computer Rage” is also somewhat good in a semi-thrashing way, and keeps cooking fairly consistently. But apart from this an a few token fast sections littered in a few other songs, there is little reason to even fake at raising the horns, and probably a lot of reason to put black nail polish and eyeliner on while cursing the day you got your Y chromosome.

If nothing else, this is an album that ensures everyone that, contrary to the ponderings of a few wacky avant-garde philosophers, that contradictions can not exist in reality. A duck doesn’t become a guinea pig if you put a little fur coat on it, a cadaver doesn’t spring up to life from snake oil, and mallcore doesn’t sound good if it’s packed to the brim with more active guitar lines. No changing of the vocal guard would have saved this confused pile of commercial pandering, nor would increasing the number of guitar solos cure the inherent vapidity of the music supporting Anders’ depressed teeny bopper soliloquies. People like to joke about this being an album to escape from, but in reality it’s a failed attempt at escaping responsibility in putting out something worth listening to. My condolences to any and all die-hard fans of Gothenburg’s original sound who suffered through this.


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hollowedoutchest
July 18th 2013



4 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

so yeh

Wizard
July 18th 2013



19220 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah! I agree with you but I still find enjoyment in their stripped down sound.

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scissorlocked
July 18th 2013



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is In Flames going super-catchy, but it's also pretty good

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Sciroccu
July 18th 2013



752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A few good songs to be found here.

XingKing
July 18th 2013



10040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As an In Flames album, this record is abysmal. The 1.5-2 is understandable in that aspect. As an album on its own, the first 6 tracks are incredibly solid, especially Fiend, the Quiet Place and My Sweet Shadow.

Lelle
July 18th 2013



2150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ripping on deftones is not cool man

rapedbyelephants
July 18th 2013



289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I stopped taking this review seriously when you called Deftones mallcore.

Toondude10
July 18th 2013



3394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My Sweet Shadow and The Quiet Place are damn good tracks.

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Funeralopolis
July 18th 2013



11023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review

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SatelliteYears
July 18th 2013



190 Comments


I stopped reading when you called Deftones "mall core". [2]
Ugh. Not good.

Captain North
July 18th 2013



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Harsh, I loved this when I was younger and it's still one of my favourite In Flames releases. Interesting that the two songs you focus on being worthwhile, are my two least favourite.

My Sweet Shadow is easily one of their best songs.

OmairSh
September 5th 2013



10029 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah this was painful to listen to

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BigPleb
September 5th 2013



34066 Comments


I dig Touch of Red p hard.

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OmairSh
September 5th 2013



10029 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I think that might be the song I heard the least tbh, can't stand the majority of the style of songwriting on this

BigPleb
September 5th 2013



34066 Comments


The drums sound like complete shit and the songwriting is lazy most of the time.

OmairSh
September 5th 2013



10029 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Drums are on the other spectrum of Lars ulrich and equally as bad

OmairSh
September 5th 2013



10029 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Discover me or Sweet shadow is prob my fav

BigPleb
September 5th 2013



34066 Comments


Agreed.

Obv never listen to this anymore but my 3 reflects the nostalgia, will prob have to lower.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2013



13503 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

rip in flames ;_;

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OmairSh
September 5th 2013



10029 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

In Flames is finally up in flames



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