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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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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)

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!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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iMorphball - 20.05.2011 at 17:53  
Rating: 8 Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb4-7HmoQbk

What a breath of fresh air.
FreddeSwede - 24.05.2011 at 09:39  
Rating: 8 Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTO20AuK14U

A New Dawn, in good quality.
Aeonfrost - 24.05.2011 at 14:14  
  Omg A new dawn is just too good, never expected the new in flames, to make a song like this, the title track is very good as well.
In Bone Factory - 27.05.2011 at 09:02  
Rating: 7 I wish not another "A Sense Of Purpose"
Spanishkiller - 05.06.2011 at 22:37  
Rating: 6 Holy crap A New Dawn could have been a song from Colony! The first In Flames' listenable song in... 10 years? lol
Darkside Momo - 05.06.2011 at 23:07  
  I had no hope for this one, but A New Dawn is surprisingly decent. No Colony material, but still way better than the whole A Loss Of Purpose. And Deliver Us sounds nice too. Indeed we're witnessing a Return To Remain, so to speak
Megi - 07.06.2011 at 09:56  
  I've listened to all the possible teasers and samples I can, and I gotta say this is gonna be a solid album. Unlike most IF fanboys, I enjoyed ASOP to and extent, however where were the melodies?!?!???!?!
The title track just gives me chills, those melodies are back!!!
EmeraldSword - 07.06.2011 at 22:41  
  Fear (of change) is the Weakness my friends in Darker Times. The Puzzle will be solved as the New Dawn approaches that much I can tell. Sounds of a Playground Fading will Deliver Us from The Chosen Pessimist and Tilt the Liberation at Jester's Door Where the Dead Ships Dwell.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.06.2011 at 00:23  
Rating: 6 On first impressions it's certainly a decent album but almost all the songs become nullified by the great Reroute-y melodic leads and solo's frequently coming smack-band into contact with terrible chuggery-bits and Ander's dreary average vocals which are the equivalent of musical dust at times. 'Deliver Us' and 'A New Dawn' are currently the only standout tracks for me, the other tracks have some nice bits in but nothing to get too excited about. Might be worth revisiting a few times though because there are some nice moments to be had.

And don't ask me what The Jester's Door was about coz I ain't got a clue.

Third listen and it's not a bad album at all with a lot of growing potential. Well done In Flames. You aren't total failures.
Chobo_jokeR - 08.06.2011 at 01:50  
Rating: 7 Ropes, The Jester's Door and Liberation should have been left off the album. Liberation was a terrible song to finish off with. Anders trying to sing is rather embarrassing. I enjoyed it for the most part other than the 3 above songs.
Mr. Doctor - 08.06.2011 at 02:21  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 08.06.2011 at 00:23

Third listen and it's not a bad album at all with a lot of growing potential. Well done In Flames. You aren't total failures.


So I take it it's better than the previous two at least?
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.06.2011 at 02:53  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 08.06.2011 at 02:21

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 08.06.2011 at 00:23

Third listen and it's not a bad album at all with a lot of growing potential. Well done In Flames. You aren't total failures.


So I take it it's better than the previous two at least?

To be honest I don't think I ever listened to the last one as I heard too much crap about it. As for Come Clarity... I don't really remember. I recall thinking I didn't like it very much. Let's just say "yes" it's better =P
enumaelis - 08.06.2011 at 03:11  
Rating: 2 I prefer the "A Sense of Purpose" among all their albums since Clayman... not being a great one, it's better than this for me.
Kuroboshi - 08.06.2011 at 10:49  
Rating: 6 After all, Deliver Us was the best song... The title track had some grooves going in it, and there were a lot of promising moments, but I agree with JOOE, Anders has a talent for destroying songs with his wonderful vocals.

But what the hell is up with the last songs? In Flames gone boyband?
S.K.Ø.M - 08.06.2011 at 13:02  
Rating: 7 Its really good, better than ASOP, love the melodies, and the clean vocals of Anders. A solid Modern Metal album.
BaneConall - 09.06.2011 at 00:00  
  The vocals in All for Me already ruined this album for me. I guess I will have to give the whole thing a listen before I make up my mind.
JPR - 09.06.2011 at 03:18  
  This album is better than the last two, i kindda dislike the vocals. Anyway this is no longer melodic death, but its enjoyable.
xdissectionx - 10.06.2011 at 08:29  
  I really want to like this band again. But, I just... can't. Anders is nearly 40 yrs old. His lyrics sound so cliche, whiney & childish, nobody told him his 'clean' vocals are terrible, all the solos are too short and tacked on, the choruses are boring, on & on & on... I feel like an idiot being strung along for even giving this a chance. JMO
Mikyz - 10.06.2011 at 14:08  
Rating: 8 This was surprisingly good, better than the last two albums anyway. I'll be giving this a couple of more listens before deciding on a rating. It sounds like something between 7-8/10, it definitely has the same vibe as Reroute to Remain.
Sepulchre - 10.06.2011 at 15:14  
Rating: 8 All in all this album is really quite good... well surpassed my expectations. Didn't really care for The Puzzle, The Attic, or Liberation, but apart from those songs the album is really quite enjoyable. Vocals sound a bit like Passenger at times which is a little annoying, but the album is still better than I expected.
limmik - 11.06.2011 at 04:24  
  In flames keep changing all the time..Don't expect another Clayman or any of the oldies.Just take it or leave it.I liked this album and all those after clayman.And i loved liberation!
Justicelust - 11.06.2011 at 13:24  
Rating: 8 A New Dawn, and Fear Is The Weakness are fucking amazing! the other songs are not bad.
Absolutely better than the last two albums.
Cynic Metalhead - 12.06.2011 at 05:04  
 
Written by FreddeSwede on 24.05.2011 at 09:39

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTO20AuK14U

A New Dawn, in good quality.


Its blocked now!!! :X
SODOM666 - 12.06.2011 at 21:20  
Rating: 7 From what I have heard so far, this seems like a turn in the right direction. More melodic than the last album!
malaikat - 13.06.2011 at 15:25  
Rating: 6 Man, I love this album. Why? Because, compared to this, ASoP and "Soundtrack to Your Escape" sound great. Now I can really enjoy in those albums, which I though were lame.
"Sounds of a Playground..." just sounds bland and unoriginal, like I've heard these songs a thousand times before. Songs on ASoP at least had an ocassional good moments here and there - songs on this album, however, are just pure crap and random nu-guitar noise from beggining till the end (except "Deliver Us" and "New Dawn", those are pretty cool).
Jesper apparently means MUCH, MUCH more to the band's sound than I previously thought.
FreddeSwede - 15.06.2011 at 03:27  
Rating: 8
Written by malaikat on 13.06.2011 at 15:25

Man, I love this album. Why? Because, compared to this, ASoP and "Soundtrack to Your Escape" sound great. Now I can really enjoy in those albums, which I though were lame.
"Sounds of a Playground..." just sounds bland and unoriginal, like I've heard these songs a thousand times before. Songs on ASoP at least had an ocassional good moments here and there - songs on this album, however, are just pure crap and random nu-guitar noise from beggining till the end (except "Deliver Us" and "New Dawn", those are pretty cool).
Jesper apparently means MUCH, MUCH more to the band's sound than I previously thought.


May I remind you that Björn and Anders has written most of the music in the past 10 years?
Întunecatul - 15.06.2011 at 08:25  
Rating: 8 This album is kinda of the same value with ASoP, but if I take Alias which is one of my all time favorite tracks by In Flames I would say I prefer ASoP to SoaPF. Still SoaPF is ok.
malaikat - 15.06.2011 at 16:26  
Rating: 6
Written by FreddeSwede on 15.06.2011 at 03:27

Written by malaikat on 13.06.2011 at 15:25

Man, I love this album. Why? Because, compared to this, ASoP and "Soundtrack to Your Escape" sound great. Now I can really enjoy in those albums, which I though were lame.
"Sounds of a Playground..." just sounds bland and unoriginal, like I've heard these songs a thousand times before. Songs on ASoP at least had an ocassional good moments here and there - songs on this album, however, are just pure crap and random nu-guitar noise from beggining till the end (except "Deliver Us" and "New Dawn", those are pretty cool).
Jesper apparently means MUCH, MUCH more to the band's sound than I previously thought.


May I remind you that Björn and Anders has written most of the music in the past 10 years?


Really? I don't know, man, this really sounds uninspired and generic to me.
Maybe I just want to believe it's because of Jasper's departure, and not just because they... well, suck.
Reaper_Redeamer - 15.06.2011 at 18:53  
Rating: 4 Worst album of this band. No Stromblad=no inspired riffs
Therapy? - 15.06.2011 at 22:48  
Rating: 8 I listened to it once so far. First impression is that it is less awesomeness than I expected. However, I feel that this is a real grower. Meaning I'll have to listen to it at least a dozen times more to discover the deep recesses of this record. You simply don't listen to an In Flames CD just once and then form an opinion about it. Doing that doesn't do justice to the band. In my experience, most of their songs get better with every consecutive listening. I had that with their single as well.
Enemy of Reality - 15.06.2011 at 23:20  
Rating: 4 What a pile of shit...sorry, it is.
Lachy - 16.06.2011 at 10:39  
  This album truly delt the final blow to killing in flames, A sence of purpose was still ok IMO but this just finished off in flames for good
beyondtehdarksun - 17.06.2011 at 01:18  
Rating: 6 So far, the only track that stands out for me is "Ropes"... which is still far from any "Reroute To Remain"-comparisons.
Though, I got the feeling this far less bad than ASOP.
Therapy? - 17.06.2011 at 16:09  
Rating: 8
Written by Therapy? on 15.06.2011 at 22:48

I listened to it once so far. First impression is that it is less awesomeness than I expected. However, I feel that this is a real grower. Meaning I'll have to listen to it at least a dozen times more to discover the deep recesses of this record. You simply don't listen to an In Flames CD just once and then form an opinion about it. Doing that doesn't do justice to the band. In my experience, most of their songs get better with every consecutive listening. I had that with their single as well.


Ok now that I've listened to this non stop since the quote above, I must say I was correct. This album is really quality if you get into it. Even after listening it so many times I still haven't grasped every song to the fullest yet. Somehow they don't stick in my head like I had with other songs but that is not a bad thing at all.

Highlights are definitely "A New Dawn" like many will agree with me, but also "Enter Tragedy". I haven't heard anyone about this song but I can really feel the emotional vibe in this song. It's hard to describe but I'm really into music for the certain feeling or vibe it gives me.

"Deliver Us" took me alot of getting used to since it was the first song I heard and it was kind of different from earlier work. But is a great song in the end.

"The Jester's Door" is musically useless but somehow I think the band wanted this to be on there to show their gratitude to either the fans and/or to Jesper for his input into the band (or both). It feels like that anyway telling from the lyrics.

"Liberation" is surprising and kind of poppy but by no means a bad song. It's actually funny because sometimes when I'm teaching sports, I put up music. I can now probably set up an In Flames song without people shouting at me "to turn down that awful metal noise". This doesn't seem like a good thing to alot of metalfans out there but I think it's ok. In any way it's a nice experiment.

I'm too uninspired to write a comment about every single song, so I'll leave it at this. But all with all, having given this album the time it needs to settle I can give it a solid 8
Stormized - 19.06.2011 at 14:23  
  I really hate Friden's way of singing, embarrassing most of time
Therapy? - 19.06.2011 at 15:34  
Rating: 8
Written by Stormized on 19.06.2011 at 14:23

I really hate Friden's way of singing, embarrassing most of time


That's funny because I absolutely love it. It's also unique because so far I have not found a vocalist who can match his style.
Troy Killjoy - 19.06.2011 at 16:18  
 
Written by Therapy? on 19.06.2011 at 15:34

Written by Stormized on 19.06.2011 at 14:23

I really hate Friden's way of singing, embarrassing most of time


That's funny because I absolutely love it. It's also unique because so far I have not found a vocalist who can match his style.

That's probably because no vocalist wants to match his style.
Slayer666 - 19.06.2011 at 22:55  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.06.2011 at 16:18

Written by Therapy? on 19.06.2011 at 15:34

Written by Stormized on 19.06.2011 at 14:23

I really hate Friden's way of singing, embarrassing most of time


That's funny because I absolutely love it. It's also unique because so far I have not found a vocalist who can match his style.

That's probably because no vocalist wants to match his style.

Oooh, snap!

But seriously, though, the guy sounds as if he came from some emo-meets-metalcore band. Then again, it does kinda suit the new In Flames.
RottingDeathHead - 20.06.2011 at 02:46  
Rating: 6 This album is amazing as is the rest of their work.
BoxCar Willy - 23.06.2011 at 23:18  
  ^HAHAHA not even going to listen to it, just dont even care anymore.
JD - 23.06.2011 at 23:21  
 
Written by BoxCar Willy on 23.06.2011 at 23:18

^HAHAHA not even going to listen to it, just dont even care anymore.

Same here
Destructo - 24.06.2011 at 04:48  
Rating: 7 This album may not be excellent but it does have its moments. The middle tracks especially are pretty good. The rest are just uninspiring filler. But, for the middle tracks this would have got a lower rating.
Ag Fox - 25.06.2011 at 01:29  
Rating: 6 I really enjoyed the song "Ropes". But these nice moments are not enough through out the album...
sandra2 - 30.06.2011 at 19:51  
  This is great album!
laucian - 04.07.2011 at 18:26  
Rating: 6 I would't say it is a bad album but it has nothing special..if you are still expecting the older taste of IF then this one is a huge breakdown but i guess no one is expecting another whoracle or colony..so i would say like 6.5-7/10..a few nice tracks & moments..but that's all..
Wes - 04.07.2011 at 21:44  
Rating: 8 I like this a lot.. Just remove "The Puzzle" from the playlist (sorry we don't feel like listening to Linkin Park Anders..) and this album is amazing (given you like this genre of music).

The best Tracks are

Sounds of a play ground fading
Fear is the weakness
Where the dead ships dwell
A New Dawn

The other songs have some emotional value as well and some great instrumental work.
koob - 07.07.2011 at 12:14  
Rating: 5 This album has absolutely nothing to offer.
Night Sight - 11.07.2011 at 10:54  
  The band is get worse every day
this album is the way to worse than the previous
Megi - 12.07.2011 at 06:13  
  I guess it's just me but as somebody who has all of In Flame's discography, I still like this release. To me it was better than ASOP, STYE and maybe even Come Clarity. I seem to be part of a huge minority though :X
Destructo - 16.07.2011 at 19:28  
Rating: 7 It really is strange how many albums released this year which got a 9 from me were never heard by me after 2-3 listens but this album having recieved just a 7, is heard by me atleast once or twice every week since its release !! Really strange.

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