idk, I guess your mileage may vary on that one. I’ve been playing guitar for fourteen years and he’s sure as hell a lot better than I am. I always thought he was good live. He’s not a legendary virtuoso but I would easily rate him well above average. Jesper, too. I think it’s a fair chance that he put out four albums because he wanted to...? I don’t think he’s being forced by some Sith council or anything, lmao And again, copy-pasted riffs, lazy solos, etc, is all subjective. Aside from the lifted riffs on SC — which I discussed pages back — I don’t hear laziness in the last four albums at all. I didn’t like Battles but there was still legit work put into that. If the solos sound similar, well, that’s Bjorn’s soloing style. And the riffs on average haven’t seen massive variation since Reroute. So I guess I don’t really see this “this is objectively lazy, it’s provable that they have no work ethic on their latest albums” thing. I dislike when fans of anything resort to saying “it’s fact that this sucks” rather than “it’s my opinion that this sucks.” It seems to be a common opinion these days but it comes across as confirmation bias. If you go into an In Flames album with the pre-conceived notion that the band is lazy and uninspired, and that it’s going to suck, then no matter what it sounds like, good or bad, that’s probably what you’re going to hear. It’s possible to still be impressed if you’re expecting the worst, but it’s not very probable.