In Flames
Soundtrack to Your Escape


3.0
good

Review

by Blokus USER (1 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2006 | 137 replies | 21,331 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

In Flames, what more can be said about this band? They are one of the pioneers of the Gothenburg metal genre. Their earlier albums such as, The Jester Race and Whoracle, have shown people that In Flames has quite a unique sound. Over time, In Flames has somewhat evolved their sound. After Reroute to Remain was released questions started to build up about In Flames, and where their music was going. Reroute to Remain offered more down-tuned guitars, more chugging riffs and also Anders experimented with his voice by showing clean vocals often. After this release fans were waiting for the much anticipated, Soundtrack to Your EscapeÖ

The album kicks off with the brutal F(r)iend. Anderís vocals really take a turning point in this song by his deep growls. This song can be somewhat irritating to listeners who arenít a fan of ďgrowling" vocals. The Quiet Place, which is a much better song, and possibly could've be a massive radio hit. This track is one of their most popular songs. The keyboards really give a nice atmosphere to the track. However, the downfall is Anderís vocals are horrid. Dead Alone is more melodic than other tracks falling somewhere in between death metal and power metal. Touch of Red is also melodic as well and reminds me a little bit of older In Flames. However, if you love the sound of old In Flames, this album will not do it for you. The next song, Like You Better Dead, is one of my personal favorites. It is rather simple but the chorus is one of the finest on the album.

My Sweet Shadow is by far my favorite track on Soundtrack to Your Escape. It opens heavy and has a massive breakdown at the verse. Anderís builds up from a lowly sung voice into a considerably kind of scream for the verse. The bridge is heavy and as the song ends the keyboard plays the riff that the guitar plays and fades for around a minute. This was truly beautiful song.

After My Sweet Shadow, I wondered if the rest of the album could hold up to it. The answer? No. Evil in a Closet was a step down from the previous tracks. It is more of a ballad type song and is probably the second best of the album. It somewhat resembles Dawn of a New Day from Reroute to Remain. In Search For I and Dial 595 Escape show more of a brutal side to this release but yet still show excellent melody in the band. Borders and Shading, Superhero of the Computer Rage and Bottled donít do much for me, and are rather skippable tracks. Also, the bonus track Discover Me Like Emptiness isnít that impressive either. It is very mellow sounding and is quite different from anything In Flames have ever done.

Overall, this was a decent album. Many people consider this Nu-metal. Obviously they know nothing. Even if it was, (it is far from it though) then this is one hell of a Nu-metal album. As I mentioned earlier, this is nothing like their early releases and if youíre the person that likes those albums, this can be somewhat disappointing to you. You cannot compare this to past work cause itís virtually impossible because In Flames has almost entirely changed their sound. This album wasnít as bad as many people believe it to be. Unfortunately, the bad surpasses the good of this album and causes it to be a weaker release from the popular Gothenburg metal band.

Pros:
- The drumming. Daniel Svenssonís drumming keeps improving
-Catchy riffs
-Mix of melody and heaviness in almost every song

Cons:
-Anderís vocals
- Bjorn and Jesper donít show their skill as much on this album
-Many skippable tracks

Notable Songs:
-My Sweet Shadow
-Evil In A Closet
-Like You Better Dead

Overall rating: 3/5


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Blokus
June 3rd 2006



155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ehh 1st review. tips would be greatly appreciated This Message Edited On 06.03.06

morrissey
Moderator
June 3rd 2006



1688 Comments


To do italics, do [i[font=verdana]][/font]this[/i].

south_of_heaven 11
June 3rd 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

eh, i found this album bland. except for 'My Sweet Shadow', which was amazing.
Good job for a 1st review as well.

Clayman555
June 4th 2006



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not In Flames' best release but it is still better than what many other band are doing or trying to do. I didnt think too much of this album at first but it really grew on me. Also I personally dont think anders vocals on this one should be considered a con. He has definitly developed his own style, which includes a fairly large range. So many bands suffer due to a "one toned" screamer.

I think just about every song on the album has its own atmosphere, no two tracks on the album are similar, and have the ability to hold the listeners attention. (Especially when you compare In Flames to bands who have the same formula for each song, similar effects for each song, and write each song in the same key)

Notable Tracks:

The Quiet Place
My Sweet Shadow
Dial 595-Escape
Super Hero of the Computer Rage

The only song on the album I dont particularly care for is Bottled....

pattern_recognition
June 4th 2006



950 Comments


Their weakest album, but still pretty damn good. My Sweet Shadow is utterly, utterly fantastic. I think Anders is underrated as a lyricist too, he writes some of the best lyrics in melodic death.
Lately I've really been digging Evil In A Closet. I dunno why, I just love it...
Fave tracks: F(riend), Dead Alone, My Sweet Shadow, Evil In A Closet, Borders And Shading, Dial 595...

Blokus
June 4th 2006



155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^ yea Anders is really good song writer IMO and yes this album takes time to grow on you.

Arc ll
June 4th 2006



1 Comments


In Flames is great live,VERY heavy though,blew my ears for days.As for this album,8/10.I just got Come Clarity,and Soundtrack to Your Escape is better.

Blokus
June 4th 2006



155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definately. In Flames puts on one hell of a show. As for Come Clarity, I tend to disagree. I think it's better than this and sounds more like their older style.

pattern_recognition
June 4th 2006



950 Comments


^^^^^^
Agreed. My preferred order of IF albums-
Whoracle > Come Clarity > Jester Race/Black Ash Inheritance > Reroute > Clayman > Colony > Soundtrack > Lunar Strain
Not counting The Tokyo Showdown, of course.

Clayman555
June 4th 2006



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Clayman > Colony > R2R > STYE > Jester Race/BAI > Whoracle > Come Clarity > Lunar Strain

south_of_heaven 11
June 4th 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You all got it mixed it up now! It totally goes:
Jester Race/BAI > Colony > Clayman > Whoracle > Come Clarity > R2R > STYE > Lunar Strain.


pattern_recognition
June 4th 2006



950 Comments


Okay, so we can all agree that JR/BAI belongs in the middle/top, while Lunar Strain comes last?
I can't believe you all rate Whoracle so low...classic swedish goodness ftw...
Doesn't matter, us In Flames fans know how cool we are, eh?

south_of_heaven 11
June 4th 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

us In Flames fans know how cool we are, eh

We're awesome.

pattern_recognition
June 5th 2006



950 Comments


One might even say...that we're flaming.
No, wait, that sounds gay.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 5th 2006



4405 Comments


Ironically, depsite my At the Gates obsession, I haven't bothered too much with this band, other than Clayman. I guess I should.

pattern_recognition
June 5th 2006



950 Comments


*cough* get Whoracle *cough*
...did somebody say something?...

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 5th 2006



4405 Comments


That I shall. Damn, I hate black metal elitists. Did you see that dude?

pattern_recognition
June 5th 2006



950 Comments


I must have missed it. Enlighten me.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 5th 2006



4405 Comments


Some Black metal twat comes into to my At the Gates review, and he's all

[quote=Elitist]Yo, this is obviousyl at teh Gtaes best. You a gaythenburg cockscaklsd[/quote]

I think the metal ones might be the worst.



pattern_recognition
June 5th 2006



950 Comments


Oh yeah, I saw that. I commented after it, I'm pretty sure. Just to purify myself of his idiocy, I shall now listen to The Swarm and Slaughter Of The Soul with my stereo on ten.
If anyone needs me, I'll be in the hospital.



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