In Flames
Down, Wicked and No Good


1.5
very poor

Review

by Lord Pork USER (16 Reviews)
November 21st, 2017 | 384 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Flames show no signs of recovery from their last mishap.

The once vastly influential In Flames have been on a downward spiral since the release of 'Come Clarity' (2006). Little signs of progression have been shown by the musicians in this extensive period of time, leading to several mediocre releases. Recently, the band hit a low point with 'Battles', an incredibly bland album that did nothing except disappoint with its soulless approach. Only a year later, the band has returned with a EP of covers, which unfortunately does not connote much amelioration from the previous endeavours.

When the first song, 'It's No Good' (Depeche Mode) sparks into play, one can only behold the lifeless sound carried by the band. There is very little atmosphere present throughout the four songs, inducing a rather empty feel to the record. As well as this, the capabilities displayed by the musicians on previous records have not been utilised to their greatest extent by any means, hindering the quality of the record even more. Due to these factors, four colourless songs are fabricated, rife with monotonous compositions, little curveballs and what can only be described as a crippled vocal contribution. One only has to listen to the acoustic 'Hurt' (Nine Inch Nails) to witness Anders pour emotionless, redundant screams into a blasphemous performance, and be enlightened to how poor he sounds here. Furthermore, the use of the guitarists is almost worthless within this record, as 'Wicked Game' (Chris Isaak) perfectly demonstrates with its synth-laden approach, preventing the guitars from soaring. Whilst the opener is not guilty for this completely, it is true for the most part of the 20 minute duration. Alas, the drums and bass also take a back seat and are given no room to shine, reducing them to a mere, uncreative platform for the other instruments and vocals to employ themselves over.

At this point, it's safe to say any scrap of hope left for the band has been shredded apart by this atrocious effort. When the strongest aspect of a record is the lyrical content, and it was not even created by the band, something is terribly wrong and needs rejuvenating. Fans of the band will most likely be encouraged to reminisce of the times In Flames was at the top of their game after listening to what is arguably their worst outing yet, and will comprehend how the band has secured itself as a shell of it's former glory.



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BlackwaterPork
November 21st 2017


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Little review for a shit little record. Hope you guys enjoy

SteakByrnes
November 21st 2017


13003 Comments


Didn't they release something not too long ago? Why won't they stop this?

frozencarl
November 21st 2017


432 Comments


how long can this go on

bloc
November 21st 2017


51807 Comments


It's No Good actually kinda surprised me by how ok it is

Digging: Blahzay Blahzay - Blah Blah Blah

BlackwaterPork
November 21st 2017


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's the best track, but that's not sayin much tbh

Darius
November 21st 2017


17530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Most autotune I've heard on vocals in a while

bloc
November 21st 2017


51807 Comments


Hell the fact that it's a cover is insulting to the rest of the songs haha

Darius
November 21st 2017


17530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Whole thing is an insult to band's legacy lol. As is their last few albums

KjSwantko
November 21st 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh God, is that "Down in a Hole" as in by Alice in Chains? I'm not going to disrespect Layne by listening to what must be an utter abomination by modern In Flames.

BlackwaterPork
November 21st 2017


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It most certainly is

KjSwantko
November 21st 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I just can't bring myself to listen to this. And I've listened to some bad shit in my day.

DungeonBoy
November 21st 2017


4559 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review man. I expect nothing good could possibly come from this, but might have to give it a listen at some point. Don't often say this, but kinda wish they'd just stop

BlackwaterPork
November 21st 2017


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Me too, they are just burying themselves deeper and deeper in shit and I hate it cos I love their first 4 albums.

BlackwaterPork
November 21st 2017


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Also cheers for the kind words mate

ShadowNeko
November 21st 2017


156 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Hahaaha yeah fuck this band

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2017


23743 Comments


still haven't heard past Clayman haha

Digging: Elise Davis - Cactus

KjSwantko
November 21st 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not missing a whole lot if you never do lol.

frozencarl
November 21st 2017


432 Comments


come clarity is aight but yea not missing much

minimus123
November 21st 2017


94 Comments


Agreed, come clarity is one of the better moments. Had no idea they were releasing another album tho LOL

BlackwaterPork
November 21st 2017


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Come clarity is decent but yeah they don't offer much after clayman



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