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Release date: 15 June 2011
Style: Alternative metal, Melodic heavy metal

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01. Sounds Of A Playground Fading
02. Deliver Us
03. All For Me
04. The Puzzle
05. Fear Is The Weakness
06. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
07. The Attic
08. Darker Times
09. Ropes
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jester's Door
12. A New Dawn
13. Liberation

The best Alternative Metal album of 2011

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Additional info
Release dates:
Sweden: June 15
Germany: June 17
Rest Of Europe: June 20
North America: June 21

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
6.0
In Flames are a massive band, which made A Sense Of Purpose three years ago a massive disappointment to a lot of people. Three years on with a new record label and a new album Sounds Of A Playground Fading, let's see what's going on.

The album title does little for confidence, but album number ten actually isn't as bad as the title would imply. This is the same In Flames as the last albums, but the quality of songs is a level higher. The album has some nice songs on it, especially at the front and back ends with "Deliver Us" and the lively "The Puzzle" from the beginning, and "A New Dawn" near the end. There are some nice hooks and melodies here, last track "Liberation" could easily be a metal cover of a pop song. For the most part of the album, In Flames do what they have been doing quite successfully recently, which is churning out incredibly modern-sounding metal for the masses.

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published 12.06.2011 | Comments (64)

Staff pick by
!J.O.O.E.!

12.06.2011 Let's nip this in the bud: this ain't no Jester Race. But ain't no A Sense of Purpose either.

Take a few deep breaths, maybe think of a nice time you spent with girl/boy/horsefriend and gently let all your preconceptions slide off you, much in the same way those lovely girls who you watch mud wrestle slide all over each other on those lonely Friday nights... I'm sure I had a point, something about the new Morbid Angel? I can't really remember. Oh yeah, the new In Flames. It's really very not bad, plenty of thick leading harmonies harking back as far as Reroute To Remain do a plenty fine job of rekindling a little bit of the love you felt for these guys.

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cancel - 05.10.2010 at 22:53  
Rating: 9 Guys, I am looking forward to this one like on never of their releases before. Just hope, that they will do better job than on "A Sense Of Purpose". I want the next "Clayman", "Colony" or "Come Clarity" !!!
Reza - 05.10.2010 at 23:47  
 
Written by cancel on 05.10.2010 at 22:53

Guys, I am looking forward to this one like on never of their releases before. Just hope, that they will do better job than on "A Sense Of Purpose". I want the next "Clayman", "Colony" or "Come Clarity" !!!

For this reason, the band needs to a big change.
elseif - 06.10.2010 at 03:51  
Rating: 5 It's time to come back!
cancel - 06.10.2010 at 08:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 05.10.2010 at 23:47

Written by cancel on 05.10.2010 at 22:53

Guys, I am looking forward to this one like on never of their releases before. Just hope, that they will do better job than on "A Sense Of Purpose". I want the next "Clayman", "Colony" or "Come Clarity" !!!

For this reason, the band needs to a big change.


Yeah, totally. Fortunately, every their album is different from the others, but still it doesnt mean it has to be listenable...god I hope so:)
Lachy - 06.10.2010 at 11:10  
  As long as it doesn't sound like come clarity or soundtrack to your escape i will be happy
Lovecraft - 06.10.2010 at 14:50  
  I want sth like Clayman, Whoracle, The Jester Race, or anything like that. But, I won't hope, because they probably won't go back to their older style.
fazzeh - 07.10.2010 at 02:56  
 
Written by Guest on 06.10.2010 at 14:50

I want sth like Clayman, Whoracle, The Jester Race, or anything like that. But, I won't hope, because they probably won't go back to their older style.


They will definitely not go back to their old style. I had the honor to talk to them on occasion about their musical direction and how they respond to the gap between their older and newer fans. The answer was quite clear: they play what they like.

I just hope they will make a more creative album than the last pieces.
Lovecraft - 07.10.2010 at 05:45  
  I hope for that too.
metalhead2011 - 01.01.2011 at 14:00  
  Come clarity and soundtrack for your escape were awsome i dont know why you are saying that come clarity is 2nd best albums clayman the best and this years one will be damn better \m/
RavenKing - 01.01.2011 at 17:53  
 
Written by metalhead2011 on 01.01.2011 at 14:00

Come clarity and soundtrack for your escape were awsome i dont know why you are saying that come clarity is 2nd best albums clayman the best and this years one will be damn better \m/


How can you know it will better when you never heard a single note of it?
Long live blind fanboyism.
sabotender - 21.01.2011 at 01:25  
  Don't lie to yourselves, guys and gals, the downward spiral will continue. Unless, of course, someone can explain to me how Jesper leaving the band is a good thing for the songwriting. Old IF is dead and gone. Long live Dimension Zero!
MeloDeathViking - 26.01.2011 at 01:02  
Rating: 8 Not gonna lie, as much as I'm looking forward to this album, the tiltle is TERRIBLE!
wty789 - 26.01.2011 at 07:08  
  Wish it won't be another 04 album,at least a bit better than it...maybe i'm having a dream:-|
FeskarN - 27.01.2011 at 14:42  
Rating: 6 The titile is really terrible but im looking forward to hear it. Intressting to hear how they will sound without Jesper.
MechanisT - 31.01.2011 at 21:41  
  With a title like that, I can't help but be pessimistic...
MechanisT - 31.01.2011 at 21:43  
 
Written by MeloDeathViking on 26.01.2011 at 01:02

Not gonna lie, as much as I'm looking forward to this album, the tiltle is TERRIBLE!


Word.
Vitriolic Hate - 31.01.2011 at 22:59  
 
Written by FeskarN on 27.01.2011 at 14:42

The titile is really terrible but im looking forward to hear it. Intressting to hear how they will sound without Jesper.

I have a bad feeling, that it's gonna be even worse than Come Clarity, In Flames without Jesper is not In Flames for me...
ruffio - 01.02.2011 at 07:28  
Rating: 4 Honestly, I cant pretend I have any hope for this album.
FreddeSwede - 05.02.2011 at 12:06  
Rating: 8 Im pretty sure they'll come up with something different again. They have pretty much changed their style with every album. Not always a bad thing, but I keep my fingers crossed that it's not over the top so they start to drift towards some kind of collapse.
calebSA - 20.02.2011 at 22:33  
  I like their new style and hope new CD will be similar to Come Clarity
elseif - 24.02.2011 at 05:37  
Rating: 5 Let's hope for the best.
Grammy - 07.03.2011 at 22:26  
  "According to Anders, this album will feature increasingly wide vocal registers and reduced screams and growls"...
INÆRIS - 08.03.2011 at 06:24  
  The downfall was when Anders started trying to sing. What it's become is almost gimmicky. Listen to A Sense of Purpose. Every single song has screaming during the verses, and harsh singing during the choruses. If anything, I hope they do away with that on this new album. I'm not too optimistic though because Jesper was my favorite thing about this band.
Björn Gelotte - 11.03.2011 at 16:43  
  Great To See Them On their New Album I hope Their Music Will Be Fantastic.....................................
Björn Gelotte - 11.03.2011 at 16:43  
  Great To See Them On their New Album I hope Their Music Will Be Fantastic.....................................
Void Eater - 11.03.2011 at 17:25  
  And the award for worst album title goes to...
jfAkerfeldt - 20.03.2011 at 23:52  
  Mmmm...I'm not too optimistic, A sense of purpose was a disaster for me...and in this album, without Jesper,...i think this album will be one more...simply one more...
Leviathan - 21.03.2011 at 18:27  
  Are you insane!? A Sense Of Porpuse was an EXCELLENT album, maybe you don't like it because it has NOTHING to do with In Flames' beginnings, but it doesn't mean that it was bad, it has an excellent composition of songs and terrific riffs! I really don't know why most of the people started to rank In Flames really low since they changed their style, personally I like 'em more since that =)
munson - 24.03.2011 at 21:52  
Rating: 6 If it's like Come Clarity I'll be extremely happy, but I thought A Sense of Purpose was pretty boring. What great songs from that session they did have weren't on the album, but instead the Mirror's Truth EP. I will also be very disappointed if this album is anything like Sountrack To Your Escape. Outside of two songs, I thought that album was complete and total rubbish.

I think we can safely rule out this album being like anything pre-STYE though. As much as I'm sure we all want another Clayman-esque album, just isn't gonna happen.
EmeraldSword - 25.03.2011 at 17:19  
 
Written by munson on 24.03.2011 at 21:52
I think we can safely rule out this album being like anything pre-STYE though. As much as I'm sure we all want another Clayman-esque album, just isn't gonna happen.


This.
Sword_Chant - 29.03.2011 at 02:23  
Rating: 5 They couldn't have chosen a worse title. Maybe 'Sounds of a cat being dragged across the kitchen carpet' would fit well, or maybe something like 'The sound of an emo bashing a tablespoon against their forehead'. By the title i'd be surprised if this album had anything heavy at all. We'll see...
Ankh Amen - 30.03.2011 at 19:43  
 
Written by cancel on 05.10.2010 at 22:53

Guys, I am looking forward to this one like on never of their releases before. Just hope, that they will do better job than on "A Sense Of Purpose". I want the next "Clayman", "Colony" or "Come Clarity" !!!


A Sense Of Purpose was the next Clayman (or similar), as they said. Too bad. I could tolerate the next Jester Race this time
universalmind - 08.04.2011 at 08:50  
 
Written by MeloDeathViking on 26.01.2011 at 01:02

Not gonna lie, as much as I'm looking forward to this album, the tiltle is TERRIBLE!


Couldn't agree more!
Aeonfrost - 19.04.2011 at 10:08  
  A very short sample from their new album : http://www.youtube.com/user/schehf#p/u/0/c8hR-4ZE3zg
iMorphball - 22.04.2011 at 04:39  
Rating: 8 Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9NLT0-UY3U&feature=player_embedded

Here's a 30 second preview of their upcoming single, "Deliver Us".

Sounds pretty kick ass IMO. Didn't expect this!
MaiSweettShaadow - 26.04.2011 at 20:45  
Rating: 7
Written by iMorphball on 22.04.2011 at 04:39

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9NLT0-UY3U&feature=player_embedded

Here's a 30 second preview of their upcoming single, "Deliver Us".

Sounds pretty kick ass IMO. Didn't expect this!

OFMG that sounds horrible R.I.P. In Flames
MaiSweettShaadow - 26.04.2011 at 20:47  
Rating: 7 I miss the real old in flames (colony,whoracle, clayman) now they are a fucking bitches
Troy Killjoy - 27.04.2011 at 05:30  
 
Written by MaiSweettShaadow on 26.04.2011 at 20:45

OFMG that sounds horrible R.I.P. In Flames

Because they're so different this time around.

Seriously, they don't play melodic death metal anymore. They won't release anything like they did in the '90s. Just like Anathema. Either you like the new sound or you don't.

People who constantly bitch about "new In Flames vs. old In Flames" are annoying. 2001 called - it wants the legitimacy of your complaints back.
interstellarrace - 27.04.2011 at 13:52  
  Im so looking forward to the album, I dont know why people are against their new style, if you like the old style metal there is plenty of other bands. and their changes from album to album is great, it only makes it unrepeting and more interesting. think their new style is better, its with it they stand apart from others
MaiSweettShaadow - 28.04.2011 at 00:41  
Rating: 7
Written by interstellarrace on 27.04.2011 at 13:52

Im so looking forward to the album, I dont know why people are against their new style, if you like the old style metal there is plenty of other bands. and their changes from album to album is great, it only makes it unrepeting and more interesting. think their new style is better, its with it they stand apart from others

is new style has the sole purpose of trading them, and more in USA, with influences NU.METAL, metalcore and shit That type of AMERCIANS
FreddeSwede - 28.04.2011 at 16:46  
Rating: 8
Written by MaiSweettShaadow on 28.04.2011 at 00:41

Written by interstellarrace on 27.04.2011 at 13:52

Im so looking forward to the album, I dont know why people are against their new style, if you like the old style metal there is plenty of other bands. and their changes from album to album is great, it only makes it unrepeting and more interesting. think their new style is better, its with it they stand apart from others

is new style has the sole purpose of trading them, and more in USA, with influences NU.METAL, metalcore and shit That type of AMERCIANS


I'm pretty sure In Flames write the music they wanna play. In fact, I believe almost all bands (in the metal genre) create the music they wanna play. Simply because it's a genre where the music is written by themselves. If you start talking about pop-music there's a whole different ballgame.
metalicharly - 04.05.2011 at 11:49  
  Currently listening to the album. I think it's their worst effort till now. For those who were expecting the old sound to come back...go and get a gun !! I will just say that is the next step following the path of the last albums....Sorry.
iMorphball - 04.05.2011 at 16:12  
Rating: 8
Written by metalicharly on 04.05.2011 at 11:49

Currently listening to the album. I think it's their worst effort till now. For those who were expecting the old sound to come back...go and get a gun !! I will just say that is the next step following the path of the last albums....Sorry.


You're listening to the album eh? I'd like to see where you got it from...
MaiSweettShaadow - 05.05.2011 at 06:45  
Rating: 7
Written by iMorphball on 04.05.2011 at 16:12

Written by metalicharly on 04.05.2011 at 11:49

Currently listening to the album. I think it's their worst effort till now. For those who were expecting the old sound to come back...go and get a gun !! I will just say that is the next step following the path of the last albums....Sorry.


You're listening to the album eh? I'd like to see where you got it from...

mmm that dude is trolling the band :=
metalicharly - 05.05.2011 at 11:13  
 
Written by MaiSweettShaadow on 05.05.2011 at 06:45

Written by iMorphball on 04.05.2011 at 16:12

Written by metalicharly on 04.05.2011 at 11:49

Currently listening to the album. I think it's their worst effort till now. For those who were expecting the old sound to come back...go and get a gun !! I will just say that is the next step following the path of the last albums....Sorry.


You're listening to the album eh? I'd like to see where you got it from...

mmm that dude is trolling the band :=


I'm really sorry I'm not. Check my profile and make your guess about where I got it from. I just gave my opinion. I REALLY love In Flames, or at least, the band that wrote Clayman and the previous works.
bluegreengod - 06.05.2011 at 19:05  
  I listened to Deliver Us a bunch of times yesterday and It's fucking excellent! I'm looking even more forward to this album now than before. I doubt it's going to be the next Reroute to Remain (one of the best metal releases ever), but judging by the single, SoaPF is going to be great.
Valentin B - 06.05.2011 at 19:12  
  Deliver Us sounds interesting, but nothing special imo. after an album as inconsistent as the last one (3-4 great tracks, the rest is shit) i didn't have high hopes anyway..
Asier_wylde - 07.05.2011 at 14:45  
  Got it and listened to it and I think is fucking awesome! People who liked A Sense Of Purpose are gonna like this one. Surprising and really beautiful.
Uldreth - 13.05.2011 at 17:37  
Rating: 7 I like this song far better than anything on A Sense of Purpose, which, in my opinion was an utterly bad album, however, is it just me or the lyrics seem to be utter garbage? Not just simply bad but to me they don't make any sense at all.
m.s.Paper - 19.05.2011 at 04:45  
  From the sounds of the single "deliver us", im getting a very strong...likness to anders side project passenger. im a big in flames fan, have all their albums, have been my favorite band for the last...7 years now. im not worried bout the album at all. i love all their albums, the difference between them to me just prove how dynamic and musical they are. but i really do want to see some melodic death metal in this one. i know it will be good, im just not sure if it will be "in flames" good :/

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