In Flames
Foregone


3.4
great

Review

by Trey STAFF
February 9th, 2023 | 827 replies


Release Date: 02/10/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let me tell you a story about redemption.

Reading through the press release for Foregone, its message was clear: In Flames are the same ‘New Wave of Swedish Death Metal Architects’ they’ve always been, and despite subsequent musical shifts, they still have it in them to do it again. The pre-release singles only reinforced that message. Initial single “State of Slow Decay” was a shocking throwback to the furious sounds of Colony with a modern chunky guitar sound, classic In Flames melodies, frenzied percussion, and even some guttural death growls. Yes, the momentum-killing few seconds of clean singing are entirely out of place, but it’s a brief stumble in an otherwise stellar song – and just like that, it looked like In Flames were finally embracing their past.

The ensuing two singles – “The Great Deceiver” and “Foregone Pt.1” – followed suit with more classic In Flames riffs, melodies, and intensity. Even Anders Friden was contributing positively with a visceral vocal delivery that was only occasionally hampered by questionable clean singing choices. Admittedly, “Foregone Pt.2” was a step down as it was more of a modern In Flames song than the previous three singles despite the band attempting to honor songs such as “Moonshield” and “Gyroscope”. However, unlike a lot of their recent output, the clean vocals were decent, the music was compelling, and their new drummer (making his recording debut) made everything sound more urgent and powerful. It might not have been the second coming of the band’s classic sound, but it was certainly better than anything they had done in the last twenty years. It turns out the initial singles were essentially a microcosm of Foregone as a whole.

Foregone combines the energetic aggression and melodic execution of In Flames’ classic releases with the mainstream influences of the last decade, and it’s the best thing they’ve done in a long time. Opening with an instrumental acoustic piece that sounds as though it was lifted directly from The Jester Race, Foregone is a homage to a bygone In Flames era that doesn’t disregard all the work the band have put in since. Along with four of the five first singles, there’s songs such as “The Great Deceiver” which are full homages to the Colony / Clayman era; full of thunderous percussion, hyperactive riffing, visceral vocals, and huge melodic leads.

Alternatively, there’s also more modern songs such as “Pure Light of Mind” which channels Whoracle-era melodies through the band’s current formula with excellent results. Even though “Pure Light of Mind” features clean singing almost exclusively, it still manages to sound compelling and heavy while also featuring an exceptional vocal performance and huge hooky chorus. It is worth noting, however, that while their new drummer shines throughout the album, guitarist Chris Broderick’s (ex-Megadeth / ex-Nevermore) talent is entirely wasted, which is a shame.

The last time I felt anticipation for an In Flames release was during the build up to Come Clarity, and it ended in disappointment. Like Foregone, those press releases hinted at a return to the band’s classic era, but it never really panned out – that’s not the case this time. On Foregone In Flames have injected their modern sound with the visceral heaviness and majestic melodies that have been lacking for years, and even Anders Friden has stepped up his clean singing while also returning to a harsher vocal style. With the release of Foregone, In Flames have shown they do still have the same fire that made their classics so good, and they have done so without totally abandoning the sound they’ve been cultivating over the last few decades.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2023


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

I wasn't just surprised to like this, I was shocked.

Storm In A Teacup
February 9th 2023


45784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, Willie. Im really excited about this.

Zac124
February 9th 2023


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am so glad to hear that this is good even if it doesn't reach the heights of their classic records. I really enjoyed the first two singles so I can't wait to listen to the album.

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2023


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

I haven't liked an In Flames album since Reroute to Remain. Everything since then has teetered between average and dumpster fire.

heck
February 9th 2023


7102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Come Clarity tho

bellovddd
February 9th 2023


5994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its a lot better then I was expecting it to be.

Eakflanderyof
February 9th 2023


5475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Where is everyone hearing this?

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2023


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

Come Clarity is a 2.8 for me. That was the last In Flames album I was excited for because the single with the female vocalist was really good, but then the album wasn't.



@Eakflanderyof: I've had it for a month.

DType
February 9th 2023


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dang, so it's not god awful this time around? gotta check

Kusangii
February 9th 2023


6584 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I honestly wanted to like this but as usual Anders ruins half the songs with his god-awful cleans. He needs to stop thinking he's Ariana Grande. Shame because the instrumental work is the best since Come Clarity

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2023


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

With only a few exceptions, he doesn't sing nearly as much on this album as on the previous ones.

Kusangii
February 9th 2023


6584 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The best songs are those where he doesn't do it at all

Eakflanderyof
February 9th 2023


5475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I've had it for a month."



Ah, I just figured it leaked somewhere because there were 17 ratings already



Faraudo
February 9th 2023


4637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That cover art is fucking sick tho

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2023


32043 Comments


Nice review Willie, only heard the first two tracks as I hovered around the new releases this morning and it sounds solid to say the least. Will jam it later.

KnickFurey
February 10th 2023


779 Comments


lol this band

Kusangii
February 10th 2023


6584 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They're no Alf the gates

trilo
February 10th 2023


6302 Comments


these guys were actually pretty good live when i saw em with meshuggah a few months ago and now i actually kinda sorta wanna check this out...

Zac124
February 10th 2023


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was pretty good. Definitely the best since Come Clarity. I do think the the first two singles and In the Dark are by far the best here though (or at least on first listen).

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2023


1562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It’s….good? That seems unlikely



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