In Flames - Siren Charms



5.3 | 336 votes |
Release date: 5 September 2014
Style: Alternative metal

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01. In Plain View
02. Everything's Gone
03. Paralyzed
04. Through Oblivion
05. With Eyes Wide Open
06. Siren Charms
07. When The World Explodes
08. Rusted Nail
09. Dead Eyes
10. Monsters In The Ballroom
11. Filtered Truth

The Biggest Letdown Of 2014

Line-up
Anders Fridén - vocals
Niklas Engelin - guitars
Björn Gelotte - guitars
Daniel Svensson - drums
Peter Iwers - bass

Guest review by
Fallen Ghost
Rating:
5.5
In Flames.. In Flames.. Chew a little on that name, taste it, swirl it around. What comes to your mind? Some have their mind set back in time, where the band was one of the big bands in the melodic death metal scene with highly acclaimed albums like Whoracle, Colony and Clayman. Others have accepted (or are bitter over) the new sound the band slowly, but surely adopted. And Siren Charms is not an exception.

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published 11.02.2015 | Comments (9)

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18.09.2014 - 21:29
MHOE
This album is pretty bad even after 3 full-length listens! And that's coming from someone who enjoyed even A Sense of Purpose a lot. I am in no way an oldschooler or elitist... But this album is just mediocre to poor.
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19.09.2014 - 13:59
RedOctober
Account deleted
Wow... even In Flames wouldn't give this album a 10


Written by Oakenson on 09.09.2014 at 05:37

I will note that my previous post was not geared towards the music itself and whether or not someone thinks it's good or bad but, rather, in how people present themselves in regards to the material. How is saying "f--- In Flames" or "such and such album is crap" or "people who like this are idiots" condusive to anything objective, informative, intelligent or even critical? Everyone has their own taste and everyone has a right to love or hate something - of this is there no question - although the way one goes about presenting themselves makes all of the difference in the world. I can wholly respect and appreciate someone that says "I really dislike this album because of this, this and that" but to throw around insults, name-calling and the like to attempt to make a point seems rather counter-productive and simply unfortunate.
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19.09.2014 - 23:36
Rating: 2
Chobo_jokeR
Ugh…just started listening to this. I don't even know if this can pass as workout music. Their last two albums weren't exactly good, but at least they had enough balls to workout to. This is … bad. As soon as the first few notes of "In Plain View" started I said "oh no" out loud.

I'll give it a full listen, but wow. Not impressed.
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20.09.2014 - 13:22
Rating: 7
Salmaneser
After the first listening, I could only agree with the critiques, for the first time since I started listening to In Flames. I like all of their previous albums, 'old school' and 'new school', but this album was one step too far. So I gave it a 5.

After the second listening, I thought the record wasn't that bad after all, so I upgraded to a 6. But the more and more I listen to it, the more I like it. It's different from their previous work, but that's only a good thing. In my opinion, one can only cheer this kind of evolution, making a new sound that's still recognisable and good. That's one of the reasons In Flames is and will be my favourite band.
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21.09.2014 - 07:55
Rating: 7
Gelati
Ahhh another In Flames album for people to argue over. Perhaps the most polarizing band in the metal world. I honestly feel bad because they just can't win.

To old-school fans: Lighten up, the last two albums haven't been that terrible. They're not great but they're still solid releases with some decent writing and better production

To new-school fans: Lighten up on the old timers, they were spoiled early with Whoracle and The Jester Race which are genre defining albums. Unfortunately that expectation never left.

Can't we all just enjoy these for what they are? Solid 7s. Some excellent melodic material, some tasty riffs, and overall better production value than in years past. Just enjoy it and get rid of your predispositions.
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21.09.2014 - 12:24
Rating: 4
metalbrat
Aargh........ I thought they changed their music style to latina pop.....Enrique Iglesias sounds the same
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21.09.2014 - 17:48
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Someone calling this a "solid 7".
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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21.09.2014 - 18:22
Rating: 4
s_t_s
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.09.2014 at 17:48

Someone calling this a "solid 7".


Do not mock people who have ears troubles
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22.09.2014 - 22:42
Rating: 3
Fearmeister
The Tardy Boy
As someone who enjoyed old school In Flames and even a bit of new school In Flames (I liked A Sense Of Purpose). This is a massive turd in almost every sense of the word.
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Thinking outside the box merely places you in another, somewhat larger box.
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23.09.2014 - 15:38
Rating: 4
s_t_s
Written by Fearmeister on 22.09.2014 at 22:42

As someone who enjoyed old school In Flames and even a bit of new school In Flames (I liked A Sense Of Purpose). This is a massive turd in almost every sense of the word.


sorry but I will never understand how someone can enjoy A Sense Of Purpose... I enjoy Sounds Of A Playground Fading tho, except for the unbearable last track.
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23.09.2014 - 17:03
Rating: 4
MHShokuhi
What is this? :|
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-All the Power on Earth Can't Change Destiny
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02.10.2014 - 01:21
Rating: 8
Iron M'Hael
This album surprised me after Sounds of the Playground Fading. I don't hate it, because the more I listen to it the more it grows on me. I would like to see them go back to a Jester Race type album, unfortunately they are going to write what they want. For those who have written off In Flames well that's on you. Everyone seems to complain about bands changing and that is ridiculous to think a band should never alter and evolve their sound. No matter what I will continue to listen to In Flames and see them live as much as possible. Going back to the album, its good for what it is nothing earth shattering but good.
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03.10.2014 - 11:28
Rating: 5
boo-boo
I always try to give an album at least three listens. Not this time, I seriously doubt there could be anything more gained from going through it again. It's just sad what has become of In Flames.
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World won't end today - it's already tomorrow in Australia.
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04.10.2014 - 02:58
Rating: 1
Reaper_Redeamer
Written by BloodJuNkie on 05.09.2014 at 18:58

This album deserves 5-6 ... nothing more ... nothing less!



Hahahaha, is this a seven or am I blind!
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04.10.2014 - 05:38
Rating: 7
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 04.10.2014 at 02:58

Written by BloodJuNkie on 05.09.2014 at 18:58

This album deserves 5-6 ... nothing more ... nothing less!



Hahahaha, is this a seven or am I blind!

yeah i said that before i listened to the bonus tracks which are better than many of the album's songs! .. I commented after i listened to them if you noticed up there!
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04.10.2014 - 21:57
Rating: 3
Akaias
Very bad album. No power no energy. Total fagottness. Where is the all melodic lines and vocal grawl with fast guitar tricks and black symphony lines, now it's pop rock commertial shit!!!!!
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22.10.2014 - 21:30
EntombedRainfall
Written by DavidBurns on 11.09.2014 at 13:21

I have been listening to In Flames for 8 years now. They have been and still are my favorite band. I look forward to every album they have released because there is always something different, they are a band maturing not a band in decline like most people seem to think. They are aging, stored in an oaken cask aging like a fine whisky. Gone is the samey feel you get from their early albums. Each and every song on this album has something different.

To begin with I must admit i was as skeptical as most, when i heard Rusted Nail and Through Oblivion, I did think... This is a big change, i'm not exactly sure it's still In Flames, but as and when more tracks became available and it leaked I was one of the ones to sample the full album before the official release, and I LOVED IT, so since release day I have been actively looking to buy the album and finally I have it! I don't regret it, it's probably my best purchase in recent years of an album because it's so hard to come by good music here that isn't under the subgenre of metalcore or a bunch "metalheads" who think mashing out breakdowns and making half arsed growls down a mic constitutes as decent metal music. There are a few exceptions to this, of which i will not go into here.

All I am going to say is In my opinion. This is in Flames' best album since Come Clarity.


I agree with your sentiments here David. In Flames, to me, are kind of like nomads - they never stay in the same place for too long and, really, this can be found throughout their entire discography arguably from The Jester Race onward. The band has progressed from album-to-album and I think it's audible each and every time. I will note, however, that the progressions are never drastic and jarring though - they are smooth and subtle, always with a hint of the past present along with whatever the new path is they've chosen to wander upon. I remember when Reroute To Remain (yes, I am a long-time fan myself, haha) came out I thought it was silly that so many people were crying "sellout!" when the album didn't really sound that far off from Clayman. Anyway, Siren Charms is a good album and I am happy with it!
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08.11.2014 - 02:38
Rating: 4
svartberger
This is bad period! i mean is not like i prefer their older material (retroute to remanin is pretty awesome tbh) but their sound has been trough so many transformations i cant even recognize this band anymore, doesn't feel like in flames anymore
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03.01.2015 - 23:44
Rating: 1
Reaper_Redeamer
Written by svartberger on 08.11.2014 at 02:38

doesn't feel like in flames


It isn't In Flames
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21.01.2015 - 08:56
Sznc
The most amazing thing about this record (and this band) is it still sparks the "old IF vs new IF" argument.
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21.01.2015 - 11:28
Dima
Written by Sznc on 21.01.2015 at 08:56

The most amazing thing about this record (and this band) is it still sparks the "old IF vs new IF" argument.


Of course it will. The 'old vs new' argument still happens with Nightwish, Opeth and any other band that has gone through drastic changes.
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21.01.2015 - 18:43
Sznc
Written by Dima on 21.01.2015 at 11:28



Of course it will. The 'old vs new' argument still happens with Nightwish, Opeth and any other band that has gone through drastic changes.


the way i see it is if the fans actually complain about the new sound there's something wrong with that sound. I can't speak for Nightwish, but on Opeth, i have the impression that Akerfeldt wants to sate his fetish for prog rock than trying to make music that worths a damn.
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21.02.2015 - 00:58
Rating: 1
iratus
The real score for the album is 0 too bad we dont get to rate it!
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05.03.2015 - 01:36
Rating: 7
Oakdude
To see this album get a bunch of 1s an 2s irritates me, because while some of you may actually think it's not better than a 1 or 2, most of you are just hating on this because they've gone from being a melodic death metal band, which this forum loves, to a not-so-death alternative metal band. We have to accept that In Flames has changed. This album has some bad, some very cool and some seriously epic songs. I'd give this album an 8, or even a 9, because the songs are great, but since Anders fucks some of the vocals up pretty bad I'll give it a 7.


This is a great album, an interesting album, a solid 7.
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Khan is god
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05.03.2015 - 02:46
Rating: 3
Fearmeister
The Tardy Boy
I gave it a 3 cause it sucks. Not because its not melo-death
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Thinking outside the box merely places you in another, somewhat larger box.
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31.08.2015 - 02:24
Rating: 4
Overrwatcher
In Flames hasn't been a melodeath band for over a decade, at this point it doesn't make sense to compare them that way.

The album is pretty bad though. It's less shit if you don't think of it as an In Flames album but as a cheesy alt rock album, but even then it has some serious issues. It feels as if the band has absolutely no idea what they want to do. It goes from uninspired alt rock songs that lack any real catchiness to poor imitations of Come Clarity style metalcore, with no smooth transition in between. The entire thing feels uninspired and rushed, like they were forced to get an album out. It doesn't appeal to any audience. No matter what direction their next album takes, it will definitely be better than this. When The World Explodes is the only real highlight, because at least it's interesting.
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Written by Dr. Strawberry on 12.06.2016 at 19:43

Overwatcher, MS Xena, crumbled him in no time. MS needs you to kill the boredom in here.
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18.09.2015 - 21:49
Rating: 7
Toxik
Don't kill me actually i think it's one of their best after Clayman
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20.10.2015 - 13:04
Rating: 4
Taravilyaion
I think it's time they break-up and quit or get back to their original roots.

If they keep making such (in my opinion) lousy crap music this will be indefinitely the last album that I've bought.
I still liked "Reroute to Remain" a bit, but it went just downhill from there.
The other albums such as Soundtrack to Your Escape, Come Clarity, A Sense of Purpose & Sounds of a Playground Fading...
I just bought them because it has their name on it, just like this one.

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"Ein wahrer Krieger ist immer vorbereitet auf den Tod - ob eigene oder jemand anderes.. "
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08.11.2015 - 17:51
Rating: 4
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Wasn't surprised that 90% of the album was incredibly bland, with "Dead Eyes" being particularly bad. That said, the infrequent highlights of the album are actually pretty decent. "Everything's Gone" was a really enjoyable and "Paralyzed" had a catchy chorus. Not an album I would listen to twice.
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17.11.2016 - 17:43
Mik
Pathetic stuff. Kind of curious how the new one will sound compared to this.
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