In Flames
The Tokyo Showdown


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shadius USER (3 Reviews)
April 5th, 2006 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Well, suffice to say that this is my first review on this website, I probably havn't chosen the best album in terms of being able to review the tracks on it. This album is comprised of some assorted fantastic In Flames material taken from their 1995 release The Jester Race to their most recent release at the time; 2000's Clayman, and shows the band putting on a great live show and playing the songs amazingly well, showing why they're one of the biggest and most influential metal bands in the world.

These songs have all been reviewed in their respective albums, and there's no new material on here, so I won't waste mine, and your time with a track to track style review. Overall though, I have to say that the only complaints I have with this album are the lack of older material. There are no tracks here from their first release, the Lunar Strain, and only one track from what many fans would consider their masterpiece; the Jester Race, in the form of Moonshield. This track, it should also be noted is missing the acoustic parts, which helped make it one of my favourite tracks from that album in the first place. Apart from this, there is a fairly equal selection of songs from their three later releases.

With a band like In Flames you have many fans saying their first three albums are their best, and they sold out after the rest. You have other fans who say that they went down hill after Clayman, in Reroute to Remain and onwards. And other fans who just love their new material as well. So this band has attracted a lot of fans from accross the metal spectrum. With a live album like this, in all probability, even from album to album fans will prefer different tracks and with this in mind, your personal favourites may not be present here.

I would recommend this album for fans of In Flames from their Whoracle to Clayman days in particular because the album has a strong selection of tracks from those albums. Fans of Reroute to Remain and onwards should look elsewhere, possibly their live DVD for a more satisfying track selection, unless they want to see why older fans like In Flames so much. Then they should check this album out.

The first three tracks on this album are fantastic for setting the mood and showing any new fans to the band what In Flames are capable of, the first tracks from their last three albums at this point, and they have played brilliantly with good live energy. I would especially recommend Jotun. The live version of this song is what got me into In Flames in the first place. The album ends on the classic Episode 666 from their 'green album', and everything in between is what you expect from the CD only played live, usually a little faster, with the energy of a live show.

My only real complaint with this album is the lack of crowd interaction. I can only really remember one distinct moment, in the song Swim where frontman Anders really gets the crowd going during the second riff with them clapping along. If you're looking for an immersive live album, like you're really there in the crowd then this probably isn't for you. On the other hand, if you want to hear a fantastic melodic death metal band run through many of the stronger tracks from their back catalogue then this album is for you, even with the absense of some fan favourites.

I'd rate this CD 4/5, being an excellent purchase for anyone wanting to get into In Flames and hearing what they were capable of in the past. Any fans of Reroute to Remain and Soundtrack to your Escape should pick this up, and i'm sure they'll be blown away.

Good:
- Guitar playing is perfect
- Anders voice is very good, though struggles a little as the show goes on.
- Overall good selction of songs

Bad:
- Lack of a backing guitar when the gutiars are playing harmonised leads sometimes slows the song down a little.
- Lack of crowd participation and immersion in the atmosphere of a live show.
- Some fan favourites may be missing; Only for the Weak, Artifacts of the Black Rain, The Hive, etc.


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Neoteric
April 5th 2006


3243 Comments


Absolutely amazing first review. Do more in this format please :thumb:

Apocalyptic Raids
April 5th 2006


810 Comments


I used to have this, and I didn't like it at all.

Shocking sound.

spoon_of_grimbo
April 5th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only for the weak is clearly on the tracklist, yet you list it as a missing fan favourite in the last line of ur review!!!



other than that, great review, and great album. i was gonna review this, but i never got around to it.

Shadius
April 5th 2006


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oops, you're right. I'll take that out, silly me.

Drunken Viking
April 5th 2006


1023 Comments


I thought this was an ok album, nothing special. But I disagree with your rant about the lack of backing guitar, the drums and bass should be able to hold down a rythm section, and if not the lead shouldn't be harmonized.

Shadius
April 5th 2006


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well... I don't see a rant anywhere, but if you'd compare the studio version of Embody the Invisible to the live version, it loses some of it's... power, in the harmonised riffs.



But hey, they're not Iron Maiden, it was just a comment.

gillygan
April 5th 2006


16 Comments


They have some great songs, but absolutley awful sound qaulity.This Message Edited On 04.05.06

wikuk
September 19th 2006


1110 Comments


They have some great songs, but absolutley awful sound qaulity.

No, not really. While other bands overproduce the sound so it sounds as if they did the instrumentation with a computer, these guys sound clear yet not overproduced.

f_u_c_t
September 19th 2006


1406 Comments


I need to purchase a new In Flames album, which ones would you guys compare to "Sountrack To Your Escape?"

FR33L0RD
August 20th 2007


1474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Live In Tokyo" is an excellent live album, much better than "Used & Abused....In Live We Trust".



The sound, production & track list is way better.My two cents



/my pos voteThis Message Edited On 08.20.07

Sciroccu
August 25th 2008


907 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there is something about the drums that i don't like (in the way they sound, you hear tic tic tic behind and all long), except for that it's an excellent live.

MagnetaMorning
November 10th 2009


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tend to hate live albums, but this is damn good. Sometimes when I hum the tunes, or listen to the album versions, I expect this album's idiosyncrasies.

Mordecai.
November 10th 2009


8374 Comments


me too

Kusangii
February 19th 2017


2100 Comments


Man I would KILL to see them live with a setlist like this



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