In Flames - The Tokyo Showdown [Live]
4 September 2001

01. Bullet Ride
02. Embody The Invisible
03. Jotun
04. Food For The Gods
05. Moonshield
06. Clayman
07. Swim
08. Behind Space
09. Only For The Weak
10. Gyroscope
11. Scorn
12. Ordinary Story
13. Pinball Map
14. Colony
15. Episode 666

For me this album was the biggest musical letdown of 2001. I mean, this IS In Flames, isn's it? How can an album that has Episode 666, Ordinary Story, Moonshield, Only For The Weak, Pinball Map, Colony and other great classics all on the same cd, be anything but one of the greatest albums of all time?

Well, it seems In Flames found a way. No, I'm not complaining about the overwhelming amount of material from Clayman, which is given one-third of the album. No, in fact, while a bit more of their older material would have been appreciated, I was quite pleased with their song selection. The problem here is that the sound is TERRIBLE for an In Flames album. The guitars are as thin as can be, Anders seems to have lost almost all vocal ability, and half the time, I'm left wondering whether Daniel is playing drums or pots and pans. Now, in fairness, it's not always like that, but it is far too often.

Now, if you're like me, you're going to buy this anyways because, hey, it's In Flames, and when you see an In Flames album you don's have, you buy it, pure and simple. But chances are that after you listen to this once or twice, you're going to put it on the shelf and go back to listening to their studio albums. If you're new to In Flames, do not make this your introduction. Buy any other album first. Oh well, at least I can have the satisfaction of knowing I helped support them by buying this.

Band profile: In Flames
Album: The Tokyo Showdown


written by Rupophobic | 02.09.2003

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BlankFile - 05.07.2007 at 21:58  
Bad Live... Weak Audience, Weak sound... Well Disapoiting and worthless live release.
In Chaos - 29.11.2007 at 13:58  
hey this album isn't so bad, ok it's a little weak sound. but it's still good enough too me.
Zangah - 30.04.2008 at 05:31  
I highly recomend that if this is your first In Flames album that you try something else, Clayman or Whoracle for example. This is a poor representation of In Flames and it is overall a weak sounding performance by an extremely good band.
Lokaeda - 26.12.2011 at 03:28  
Can you specify some songs with a "horrible" sound? I mean, it's a live recording... Right now I wonder (no offense ) if you've ever been to a show the quality of the sound mainly depends on the material they had to record (and how much material)...
!J.O.O.E.! - 26.12.2011 at 03:43  
This is an 8 year old review. I don't think he'll be specifying anything
Troy Killjoy - 26.12.2011 at 05:21  
Written by Guest on 26.12.2011 at 03:28
Can you specify some songs with a "horrible" sound?

All of them?

Lokaeda - 26.12.2011 at 13:44  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.12.2011 at 05:21

All of them?

haha well what I meant there is that the sound, to me, is not good but still decent. Like, it's not Mayhem's Live In Leipzig

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