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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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29.03.2011 - 02:23
Rating: 5
Sword_Chant
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...
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30.03.2011 - 19:43
Ankh Amen
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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" !!!


A Sense Of Purpose was the next Clayman (or similar), as they said. Too bad. I could tolerate the next Jester Race this time
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08.04.2011 - 08:50
universalmind
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!
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19.04.2011 - 10:08
Aeonfrost
A very short sample from their new album : http://www.youtube.com/user/schehf#p/u/0/c8hR-4ZE3zg
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22.04.2011 - 04:39
Rating: 7
iMorphball
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!
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26.04.2011 - 20:45
Rating: 7
MaiSweettShaadow
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
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26.04.2011 - 20:47
Rating: 7
MaiSweettShaadow
I miss the real old in flames (colony,whoracle, clayman) now they are a fucking bitches
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27.04.2011 - 05:30
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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27.04.2011 - 13:52
interstellarrace
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
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28.04.2011 - 00:41
Rating: 7
MaiSweettShaadow
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
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28.04.2011 - 16:46
Rating: 7
FreddeSwede
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.
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04.05.2011 - 11:49
metalicharly
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.
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04.05.2011 - 16:12
Rating: 7
iMorphball
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...
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05.05.2011 - 06:45
Rating: 7
MaiSweettShaadow
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 :=
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05.05.2011 - 11:13
metalicharly
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.
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06.05.2011 - 19:05
bluegreengod
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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.
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06.05.2011 - 19:12
Valentin B
Iconoclast
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..
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Sing me a song, you're a singer
Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil.
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07.05.2011 - 14:45
Asier_wylde
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.
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13.05.2011 - 17:37
Rating: 7
Uldreth
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.
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19.05.2011 - 04:45
m.s.Paper
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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20.05.2011 - 17:53
Rating: 7
iMorphball
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb4-7HmoQbk

What a breath of fresh air.
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24.05.2011 - 09:39
Rating: 7
FreddeSwede
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTO20AuK14U

A New Dawn, in good quality.
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24.05.2011 - 14:14
Aeonfrost
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.
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27.05.2011 - 09:02
Rating: 7
In Bone Factory
I wish not another "A Sense Of Purpose"
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a hammerhead goobrian
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05.06.2011 - 22:37
Rating: 6
Spanishkiller
Holy crap A New Dawn could have been a song from Colony! The first In Flames' listenable song in... 10 years? lol
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05.06.2011 - 23:07
Darkside Momo
Retired
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
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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07.06.2011 - 09:56
Megi
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!!!
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07.06.2011 - 22:41
Rating: 8
EmeraldSword
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.
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Progress to not digress.
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08.06.2011 - 00:23
!J.O.O.E.!
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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.
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08.06.2011 - 01:50
Rating: 7
Chobo_jokeR
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.
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