|In Flames vs. Soilwork|
Comparison of discographies. Note for In Flames, only included albums with Anders Friden and Bjorn Gelotte in the band. In Flames comes on strong in the early years, whereas Soilwork ruled the more recent years. In Flames barely eeks out a win - 11 to 10.
The Jester Race
The Jester Race (1996) vs. In Dreams We Fall into the Eternal Lake Demo (1997). +1 for In Flames. Can't even find a full version of this demo.
Whoracle (1997 vs. Steelbath Suicide (1998). Whoracle wins this one.
Colony (1999) vs. The Chainheart Machine (2000). In Flames gets a +1 here for Colony - the start of In Flames that I know and love. Also giving props to Anders for his first use of cleans on this album.
Clayman (2000) vs. A Predator's Portrait (2001). Have to give Predators Portrait props for being the first modern Soilwork album, with Strid stretching out his cleans. But Clayman is a destroyer of an album. And as this was my entry into In Flames, way back when, Clayman easily gets the win here.
The Tokyo Showdown
+1 for In Flames for a great live CD
Natural Born Chaos
Natural Born Chaos (2002) vs. Reroute to Remain (2002). Both albums are great. Obviously RTR has some huge highlights (e.g. trigger, Cloud Connected). But I feel that NBC is more consistent throughout. And Strid’s vocals really start to shine through. Keeping this one with Soilwork.
Trigger EP (2003) vs. The Early Chapters EP (2004). Both good - but partial to In Flames’ cover of Land of Confusion. + 1 for In flames here.
Figure Number Five
Figure Number Five (2003) vs. Soundtrack to Your Escape (2004). Not a huge fan of STYE - sounds like heavy for heavys sake, with the melodic leads mostly removed. FNF is a great album, though really crosses into American Metalcore a good bit. Keeping this one with Soilwork.
Stabbing the Drama (2005) vs. Come Clarity (2006). Although good, STD more resembles generic Metalcore than Soilwork’s roots. Come Clarity is In Flames in top form and gets the win here. Yes
Used & Abused...In Live We Trust
+1 for a great live DVD release from In Flames
A Sense of Purpose
Sworn to a Great Divide (2007) vs. A Sense of Purpose (2008). I hold STAGD higher than most. But even then, ASOP is one of my favorite In Flames albums, hitting a great mix between their melodeath roots and alt metal leanings. In Flame gets the win here.
Sounds of a Playground Fading
The Panic Broadcast (2010) vs. Sounds of a Playground Fading (2011). I'm not a huge fan of the Panic Broadcast - just never held my interest. But SOAPF is probably my favorite In Flames album of all time. Really nailing the mix of melodeath and alt metal here. In Flames gets the win.
The Living Infinite
The Living Infinite (2013) vs. Siren Charms (2014). I like Siren Charms more than most, although I will admit it was a much softer affair than desired, and a shift far too much into alt metal. But The Living Infinite is a crowning pinnacle for Soilwork - each of the discs are classic. WIll give Soilwork a +2 here.
The Ride Majestic
The Ride Majestic (2015) vs. Battles (2016). Lot of haters out there for Battles - but I feel it has its spot. The Ride Majestic, a concept album, easily takes this one though. +1 for Soilwork.
Live in the Heart of Helsinki
Live in the Heart of Helsinki (2015) vs. Sounds from the Heart of Gothenburg (2016). The latter makes Siren Charms songs come alive. But the former is a tour de force through Soileork’s discography, with a real heavy focus on The living Infinite (arguably their best album). A tight call - but have to give this win to Soilwork.
+1 for Soilwork - incredible compilation of b-sides
Down, Wicked & No Good (2017) vs. Underworld (2019). The later blows the former out of the water. +1 for Soilwork. Did anyone want covers of these specific songs by In Flames - didn't think so.
Verkligheten (2019) vs. I, The Mask (2019). Crap, these are two of my recent favorites by both bands. I, The Mask is a pretty big step up. But damn, Verkligheten is quite badass and gets the win here.
A Whisp of the Atlantic
A Whisp of the Atlantic (2020) vs. Clayman EP (2020) - 1 new and 4 redone tracks. As the original Clayman is unfuckwithable - not getting this EP. AWOTA is one of my favorite Soilwork releases, really leaning hard out of the melodeath playbook, and gets the win here.
Overgivenheten (2022) vs. Foregone (2023). Soilwork continues to expand their prog muscles, but the result is a long, meandering smorgasbord of an album with moments of greatness. While In Flames returns to prior (torched) pastures, with a tight 45 min running time and a sound similar to ASOP. Will give this win to In Flames.