In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading


7.1 | 619 votes |
Release date: 15 June 2011
Style: Gothenburg metal, Alternative 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

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 (60)

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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05.10.2010 - 22:53
Rating: 9
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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" !!!
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05.10.2010 - 23:47
Reza
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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.
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06.10.2010 - 03:51
Rating: 5
elseif
It's time to come back!
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06.10.2010 - 08:38
Rating: 9
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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:)
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06.10.2010 - 11:10
Lachy
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As long as it doesn't sound like come clarity or soundtrack to your escape i will be happy
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06.10.2010 - 14:50
Lovecraft
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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.
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07.10.2010 - 02:56
fazzeh
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.
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07.10.2010 - 05:45
Lovecraft
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I hope for that too.
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01.01.2011 - 14:00
metalhead2011
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/
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01.01.2011 - 17:53
RavenKing
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.
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21.01.2011 - 01:25
sabotender
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!
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26.01.2011 - 01:02
Rating: 8
MeloDeathViking
Not gonna lie, as much as I'm looking forward to this album, the tiltle is TERRIBLE!
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26.01.2011 - 07:08
wty789
Wish it won't be another 04 album,at least a bit better than it...maybe i'm having a dream:-|
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27.01.2011 - 14:42
Rating: 5
FeskarN
The titile is really terrible but im looking forward to hear it. Intressting to hear how they will sound without Jesper.
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The Land Is Silent... Before The Storm!
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31.01.2011 - 21:41
Mechanist
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With a title like that, I can't help but be pessimistic...
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31.01.2011 - 21:43
Mechanist
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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.
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31.01.2011 - 22:59
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Chaos Reaper
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...
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01.02.2011 - 07:28
Rating: 4
ruffio
Honestly, I cant pretend I have any hope for this album.
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05.02.2011 - 12:06
Rating: 7
FreddeSwede
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.
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20.02.2011 - 22:33
calebSA
I like their new style and hope new CD will be similar to Come Clarity
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24.02.2011 - 05:37
Rating: 5
elseif
Let's hope for the best.
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07.03.2011 - 22:26
Grammy
"According to Anders, this album will feature increasingly wide vocal registers and reduced screams and growls"...
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08.03.2011 - 06:24
INÆRIS
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.
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11.03.2011 - 16:43
Björn Gelotte
Great To See Them On their New Album I hope Their Music Will Be Fantastic.....................................
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11.03.2011 - 16:43
Björn Gelotte
Great To See Them On their New Album I hope Their Music Will Be Fantastic.....................................
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11.03.2011 - 17:25
Void Eater
Crunkcore Fan
And the award for worst album title goes to...
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20.03.2011 - 23:52
jfAkerfeldt
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...
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21.03.2011 - 18:27
Leviathan
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 =)
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24.03.2011 - 21:52
Rating: 6
munson
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.
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25.03.2011 - 17:19
Rating: 8
EmeraldSword
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.
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