In Flames drop Pinball Map (Re-Rec)

2020-07-24 by Fernando Alves STAFF | 57 Comments
Sweden's In Flames are streaming the video for the newly re-recorded track 'Pinball Map', second single taken from Clayman 20th Anniversary Edition, out August 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. Re-recorded songs were produced by Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, MOTÖRHEAD) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (GREEN DAY, ROB ZOMBIE).

The record will be released digitally as well as on CD Digipak and a special 2xLP colored trifold vinyl that includes a 16-page booklet, 11 remastered tracks on a 12” record, 5 bonus tracks on a 10” record in a printed sleeve.

Stream 'Pinball Map (Re-Recorded)' official video below.


Concept by Short Notice Creative | Design & Animation by Chad Sikora

Clayman 20th Anniversary Edition tracklist:

1. Bullet Ride
2. Pinball Map
3. Only For The Weak
4. …As The Future Repeats Today
5. Square Nothing
6. Clayman
7. Satellites and Astronauts
8. Brush The Dust Away
9. Swim
10. Suburban Me
11. Another Day In Quicksand
12. Themes and Variations in D-Minor (instrumental)
13. Only For The Weak (Re-recorded)
14. Bullet Ride (Re-recorded)
15. Pinball Map (Re-recorded)
16. Clayman (Re-recorded)

Tagged: In Flames

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Odal
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2020
1941 Comments


legit don't know what they were thinking with this

wildinferno2010
July 24th 2020
1874 Comments


The vocals are so loud

naughtcturnal
July 24th 2020
2680 Comments


really wish anders friden would fuck off

NoHellsNoHeavens
July 24th 2020
265 Comments


Fuck these guys. Whyyyyyyy

JayVex
July 24th 2020
389 Comments


I mean it was their last really good album. If anything it's weird how long it's taken them to start cashing in on nostalgia.

Eakflanderyof
July 24th 2020
5374 Comments


"I mean it was their last really good album. If anything it's weird how long it's taken them to start cashing in on nostalgia."

Those of us who prefer the old albums are a vocal minority at this point. This band is making bank these days. 1.5 mil monthly Spotify and they pack out fairly large venues


Dizchu
July 24th 2020
541 Comments


If this album needed anything it was to be re-recorded without the signature guitar sound that's still being praised by metal producers to this day.

MercySeat
July 24th 2020
421 Comments


God it just sounds so much less muscular than the original

Eakflanderyof
July 24th 2020
5374 Comments


Sadly, the title track is probably the best of the bunch lol

Kusangii
July 24th 2020
6326 Comments


Are they actual masochists or why do they do this to themselves???

bigguytoo9
July 24th 2020
1408 Comments


This is just HORRIBLE.

cloakanddagger
July 24th 2020
727 Comments


When is this band going to stop destroying their legacy and just break up

Faraudo
July 24th 2020
4596 Comments


Jesus, this is the band that released The Jester Race.

Keyblade
July 24th 2020
30678 Comments


like what did they even add to the song

they just rerecorded it with shittier production and a 20 years older anders who they put right at the top of the mix and dialed to 11

Crysis
Emeritus
July 24th 2020
17624 Comments


the mixing is terrible on this

oltnabrick
July 24th 2020
40621 Comments


"Jesus, this is the band that released The Jester Race."


not really lol only anders and bjorn were in the band when they did that one

Malcontent
July 24th 2020
150 Comments


Every time I hear something like this I'm more impressed with acts like Ulver, who managed to age and evolve gracefully instead of constantly comparing themselves to their old work. It's been 20 years, this re-recording isn't an improvement, just let the past die.

alamo
July 24th 2020
5566 Comments


hey man there's some chorus in your autotune

withateethuh
July 24th 2020
388 Comments


anders frikkin friden

Flugmorph
July 24th 2020
33838 Comments


its alright.
as usual, sput userbase are hysteric doomer sissybabies

Imperial
July 25th 2020
2039 Comments


Original recording is something that metal producers strive to recreate. Not sure why this was necessary.

prnzokoshiro
July 25th 2020
50 Comments


Jesper's current band Cyrha sucks too... everyone who has ever crossed Anders' dark path is eventually destroyed

Clayman has turned to silly putty. 'why' is a question I stopped askin with these guys eons and epochs ago. the more pertinent questions are 'how' and 'when'

ShadowRemains
July 25th 2020
27720 Comments


can they stop being trolls and make some actual good music (no)

Yazz_Flute
July 25th 2020
19174 Comments


This is bad to a fascinating level.

JWT155
July 25th 2020
14948 Comments


They took a classic song and butchered it. The mixing is so bad.

InFlamesWeThrash666
July 25th 2020
10556 Comments


Comments about modern In Flames are always so dramatic lol

XyphDryne
July 25th 2020
380 Comments


They just cut the balls off from the original. All energy has been sucked out. What a travestoy. But then, I don´t have any expactations from this band anymore. For personally, Clayman was the first record with less compelling songwriting, but still a good record that still had the signature In Flames sound. The successor already sounded totally different and not in a good way. Sterile, cold, lack of power. But still decent songs. And then Soundtrack to your escape happend. The last album I bought from them (and sold it afterwards). Too bad...

XyphDryne
July 25th 2020
380 Comments


Oooh..a good one here. They...they dropped the ball on this one. Aaahhahah..see what I did there? Roflmao..




-_-

Ray91
July 25th 2020
817 Comments


Good God the production sounds soooo thin and way too heavy on the vocals. Never understand why they thought this record needed a rerecording. The chorus effects on anders vocals are atrocious.

Grimlin
July 25th 2020
1405 Comments


It's sad that people will probably buy this, and the band will feel like they did a good thing shitting on their own songs.

Alucard125
July 25th 2020
669 Comments


Sounds like a demo. I dread to think what they've done with Swim...

Flugmorph
July 25th 2020
33838 Comments


in flames comments really do be a genre unto itself

Faraudo
July 25th 2020
4596 Comments


"not really lol only anders and bjorn were in the band when they did that one"

It's just a manner of speech lol, but yeah.


Poet
July 25th 2020
6144 Comments


"Sounds like a demo. I dread to think what they've done with Swim..."

Thankfully they didn't re-record that song for this. It is in their "Themes and Variations in D-Minor" which is actually really awesome. I would've preferred an entire rerecording album like this.

Madbutcher3
July 25th 2020
3142 Comments


when you have a super simplistic variety of melodeath like clayman u gotta have the meaty production, this is wet noodle metal

Alucard125
July 25th 2020
669 Comments


@Poet Oh yeah, good spot. Guess I didn't look that closely a the track listing. Will check out the Themes and Variations - is it available anywhere?

bloc
July 25th 2020
69881 Comments


"Re-recorded songs were produced by Howard Benson"

That tells me everything I need to hear

Source
July 25th 2020
19917 Comments


HOW DO YOU THINK HE DOES IT??

bloc
July 25th 2020
69881 Comments


Candy and a white van, or in these guys' case it's gin and a white van

RoderickINM
July 25th 2020
101 Comments


Howard fucking Benson. This guy ruins every fucking band he touch.

muehlum
July 25th 2020
3 Comments


this makes me appreciate the classic pinball map a lot more

Kusangii
July 25th 2020
6326 Comments


Worst producer in history?

bloc
July 26th 2020
69881 Comments


He did good work with POD, MCR, and Saosin at least

Poet
July 26th 2020
6144 Comments


"Will check out the Themes and Variations - is it available anywhere?"

I listened to it on Youtube this morning.

Eakflanderyof
July 26th 2020
5374 Comments


The themes and variations track is actually really cool

deathofasalesman
July 26th 2020
8634 Comments


(previously) good track (now shidded and farded on)

alamo
July 26th 2020
5566 Comments


wowwww hemes and variations in d-minor brought me some chills

alamo
July 26th 2020
5566 Comments


they should have just released an entire classical version of clayman

vermillionZ
July 26th 2020
397 Comments


Sounds alright imo, but I just listened to the original again and I really don't understand why they see the need to re-record it. Still sounds pretty good by today's standards and that new version certainly doesn't improve the song.

Mabbitt
July 26th 2020
1831 Comments


I really like the idea of re-recording this, but it just didn't turn out so well. Go listen to Only For the Weak, it seemed like it could be good because it's closer to their newer style, but it just sounds weird.

prnzokoshiro
July 26th 2020
50 Comments


and now for the positives I have to say about their re-recording EP...

a.) as weird as it is to say "Anders", "clean vox", n "good" in the same sentence, the songs benefit from his stronger cleans n at-least-it's-better-than-before tunefulness. his cleans on their current original stuff is mostly woolly mammoth buffalo ass, however

b.) everything positive that In Flames does anymore might be always too little, too late/desperate necessity - but it's good to see even a half-ass effort that succeeds on a few (mostly minor) levels. the "Battles" atrocity didn't blow them up into hookers/blow/fueds over twitter territory, so Howard Benson (who I picture wearing a bowtie lookin like Drew Carey) advised them to dial up the miniscule heaviness they are capable of, namedrop vintage In Flames records on a song for no reason that explains why their paycheck/enabler comes in a beggar cup from 1842... the cover songs EP and now this EP of perfunctory fan service that just further confuses their COVID-vacuum of a fanbase... so, Howard goes "heyyy guys it's time for a contrived, fugazi back-to-the-roots grand-stand play that surely will rock the metulz universe! trust me, I'm the one and only Howard Benson, after all! I babysitted Bob Rock's giraffe!" - then suddenly the world ended before they got to release another EP where a choir of unfed dogs were to howl "Moonshield Medley" to a plastic harmonica doin its equivalent of a blastbeat n Jesper gettin run over by a truck clearly driven by Anders in a glasses/moustache disguise. I've rambled off the edge of the multiverse - In Flames we trust (RIP Earth)

c.) the misleading ambiguous intro that shows off Bjorn Gelotte's ultra-virtuoso skills at stealing a bonus track off of Apocalyptica's new cassette-only straight-to-Beta.... I'll stop right there, cuz we don't want another b.) on our hands ^^ o_O do we.

all in all, a sincere effort to piss masochistic pseudo-fans off... and functioned as a great medium and outlet to be bizarre to little avail. thank you for enduring my peyote trip. please feel free to skim-read it for keywords to go off on while missing the point by 10 troll-friendly pigskin football-fields. or just whistle while peeing in a cup. hi

Kusangii
July 26th 2020
6326 Comments


lol

KjSwantko
July 26th 2020
12081 Comments


It's not successful at all dude lol.

WretchedCacophony
July 27th 2020
2867 Comments


not sure what you are all so upset about. The video is pretty sweet, and sure the original is better, and properly mixed and all, but this is a great track for a younger audience

metalphil
July 28th 2020
701 Comments


It's not super terrible but it mostly just makes me sad knowing what this band used to be.

Keyblade
July 28th 2020
30678 Comments


it's not like it's a modern take on the song. it's the same song with worse production and vocals

ShadowRemains
July 28th 2020
27720 Comments


> not sure what you are all so upset about. The video is pretty sweet, and sure the original is better, and properly mixed and all, but this is a great track for a younger audience

bastardizing their own good music with hopes of making a quick buck is pretty annoying, why not just write new music that sounds like their old stuff if this is what they're going to do with it (pipe dream at best of course)



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