In Flames
Soundtrack to Your Escape


4.0
excellent

Review

by wikuk USER (24 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2006 | 187 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


In Flames

In Flames are:

Peter Iwers – Bass Player
Jesper Strömblad – Guitar
Daniel Svensson – Drum
Björn Gelotte – Guitars
Anders Friden – Vocals

There are keyboards and synthesizers present on this album, but I don’t know who recorded that.

The Review

The first (?) metal band with the famous Gothenburg sound. Today many people call it “melodic death metal” and I’m one of them. I love melodic music, classic, hip-hop, electronica or even black metal. I don’t care. In Flames successfully mix heavy with beautiful (My Sweet Shadow, anyone?) but still manage to be headbangeable (From now on, I consider that as a real word!)
Just as in their other albums, they changed their style a tiny little bit. In STYE they tried some lighter stuff. Anders sings more often, and keyboards are more introduced. The guitars take a step back as there are few to none melodies in the songs. Most of the guitar work is just rhythmical power chords. Of course there are some exceptions, as in My Sweet Shadow (or is it a synthesizer? Hard to hear) and F(r)iend with 2 guitars that somehow don’t make the cut to sound good.

This review is a “The good, the bad and the ugly” review. I wanted to try it at least once…

Soundtrack to Your Escape

The good:

This one is easy. People who have read my music lists know which song I’m talking about.
The song is called: Evil in a Closet.

Although many people don’t agree with me, I think this is the best song I’ve ever heard. The chorus features 3 different vocals from Friden: low clean vocals, high clean vocals and a high pitched screaming vocal. The high guitar (or is it synthesizer) sound is also heavenly good (I’m a Christ-guy so you’ll know how good that is for me).

The solo is an easy one, but well constructed and nice to hum along with, as for the verses and pre-chorus. The song ends with a clean guitar line that is played the whole time in the verse. Dam*, it’s such a good song…

Although many other songs are really good, this is the best.

Some other good songs include My Sweet Shadow, a beautiful keyboard orientated song, Bottled a bouncy song with a perfect “sing-a-long” chorus. Like You Better Dead has a very nice chorus but is repetive and too predictable to see it as a real highlights. It’s a very good song nonetheless. The Quiet Place is just as good as My Sweet Shadow. It also has some cool synthesizers in it. Superhero of the Computer Rage is also a very good song, although it’s a bit unpredictable (what’s that part after the short pause?) but doesn’t “stand out of place”. It’s just a nice different song from what you’ve heard till now.


The Bad:

Of course, there are also some bad songs, although I wouldn’t consider them bad, but more as repetive and filler. They just don’t give that extra spark that good songs do. They lack originality and don’t have some good riffs. One exception of this is F(r)iend. It’s a song that is meant to be scary and heavy but it just doesn’t make it. The riffs sound weird and after the first minute the song is getting boring and more boring until the end. The other songs that aren’t really “bad” but more “filler” such as Dial 595-escape, Touch of Red, Borders and Shadings and In Search for I. They don’t really need an explanation because they really don’t differ much from the tracks I explained above. The only difference is that they just don’t do it for me.

The Ugly:

Just as most albums there are also some really bad songs. “Ugly songs”. The last song is one of the two. Discover Me Like Emptiness is an utterly boring track and is too repetive to even give it a listen. It is meant to be epic, but instead of being that, the song is too “un-catchy” (is that a word?). The chorus has the same synthesizer sound in My Sweet Shadow but instead of making it more epic and beautiful it sounds recycled. The other ugly song is Dead Alone. In Flames probably wanted to make another melodic song but still wanted to keep their roots. They really failed in doing that. Instead of making a beautiful, fast but interesting song like Take My Life (Come Clarity album) they make a song that is just not cool to listen to. Of course there are some good moments, like at 1:39 till 1:56, but they are short lived. All in all, it’s an ugly song…

Verdict:

Even though there are lots of filler tracks, this album is still one of my favourites of In Flames. Maybe it is because of the fantastic song that has the name “Evil in a Closet”. But it could also be that there are lots of standout tracks. Of course the drumming is sometimes weak and the guitars aren’t really as special as in their previous albums. Anders vocals however seem to be at his best, and well, as for the bass. Huh, what? Do they have a bass? Oh, I didn’t heard one…

Recommended Tracks:

Evil in a Closet (if you don’t like this song, shame on you. I’m serious)
My Sweet Shadow
Bottled
Superhero of the Computer Rage

Pros:

-Evil in a Closet
-Friden screaming vocals
-The Choruses are compared to their other albums quite overruling.
-While the drumming is still not very notable, Svensson definitely improved.

Cons:

-At first and most notably, the clean vocals. Personally I quite like them, but I still can see that there is few to none quality in it.
-The guitars aren’t as powerful and leading as in their previous albums.
-Lack of good solos. (Except for Evil in a Closet of course)



Final verdict: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
wikuk
September 2nd 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Somehow the review was deleted a few hours after I submitted it. I wonder why?

Shadows
Moderator
September 2nd 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ah, thank god you re-submitted it. I'm so sorry man, I was trying to edit a misspelling/grammar error in the review and I accidentally clicked "delete" instead of "edit". I'm really sorry about that. I tried contacting you about it but you don't have any contact info in your profile.

really good review, too. :p

Cravinov13
September 2nd 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Borders And Shading is not a 'filler' track, it's one of the best on the album IMO.This Message Edited On 09.02.06

wikuk
September 2nd 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, thank god you re-submitted it. I'm so sorry man, I was trying to edit a misspelling/grammar error in the review and I accidentally clicked "delete" instead of "edit". I'm really sorry about that. I tried contacting you about it but you don't have any contact info in your profile.



really good review, too.


Aah, ok! nevermind :P , I thought it was deleted because I said that I was drunk while writing this review.

Borders And Shading is not a 'filler' track, it's one of the best on the album IMO.


I will take another listen then.

Thor
September 2nd 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review, dude. I've heard that this is IF's worst album, so I don't think I'll be listening to it.

Cravinov13
September 2nd 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you ask me, the whole thing with In Flames newer stuffer sucking is a load of bull crap. This is not heir best, but it is by no means their worst. The only album In Flames have that is not worth a listen is the Trigger EP.

Shadows
Moderator
September 2nd 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't know, I think this is pretty awful. =\ It's hard to imagine a band sliding as far down as In Flames. They went from the amazing Jester Race to...this.

Thor
September 2nd 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I haven't heard Jester Race yet, but I thought Clayman was pretty decent. Is Jester Race better or worse than that one?

Cravinov13
September 2nd 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think Jester Race was pure meh. I like the new stuff cause it's diffrent. The reason I don't care about WHoracle so much as some of their other albums is because they don't stray past a certain boundry and I believe taht just makes the album boring after the 5th or 6th song.

wikuk
September 2nd 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would say that all of their albums are good. Well, maybe not Reroute two Remain...

Jester Race is not really their best work, that would probably be Clayman or Colony.

wikuk
September 2nd 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would say that all of their albums are good. Well, maybe not Reroute two Remain...

Jester Race is not really their best work, that would probably be Clayman or Colony.

Cravinov13
September 2nd 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love Reroute To Remain. You crazy. :p

Shadows
Moderator
September 2nd 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Colony and Clayman better than the Jester Race? I have just lost all faith in sputnik's metal community.

Cravinov13
September 2nd 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why don't you just accept that we like diffrent stuff then you. I am just fine with the fact that my favorite album by In Flames is Rerpoute To Remain followed closely by Clayman and Come Clairity.

NovaReaper
September 2nd 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is In Flames at their absolute worst. Go for The Jester Race, Colony, Clayman, Whoracle, or even Come Clarity. This is just awful. Great review :DThis Message Edited On 09.02.06

Storm In A Teacup
September 2nd 2006


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa, Wikuk is back. Nice to see you, dude. I disagree with the rating, but the review is good, albeit a throwback to older times. -Kripes

Altmer
September 3rd 2006


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'd have to agree that Clayman is better than the Jester Race, it just has more of that enthralling style that the Jester Race also has but just a little less.

Whoracle is also very good though. I consider the order Clayman > Whoracle > Jester Race > Lunar Strain > Colony > Reroute To Remain = Come Clarity > STYE

wikuk
September 19th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And what about your favorite In Flames songs?

Mine is easy, Evil in a Closet.

Altmer
September 19th 2006


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Evil In A Closet, Whoracle, Wayfaerer, Moonshield, Bullet Ride, Clayman, Only For The Weak, Jotun, Dialogue With The Stars, Drifter, Coerced Coexistence just to name a few. :D

wikuk
September 20th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Evil in a Closet, System, Zombie Inc., My Sweet Shadow, The Hive, Moonshield, Scorn, Dawn Of A New Day, Pinball Map, Only for the Weak, Dead End......



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