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New album / music 2021-22

Discussion in 'In Flames' started by TheJestersDoor, Oct 22, 2021.

  1. Xpyro125

    Xpyro125 Member

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    Fair enough, I can completely agree there. It is a more aggressive song (By IF's standards) anyways, so I guess it makes sense to do it this way. It's not really enough to change my mind, as I think there is some way out there to add another bar of it without losing that energy, but it doesn't ruin the song or anything close to that for me. It's definitely my favorite of the three singles so far.
     
  2. ThePhobiac

    ThePhobiac be at ease

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    Yeah, maybe if they had extended it to four measures and added some drums to lead into the verse, that could've worked, too. I wish there were studio diaries so we could get a sense of how they approached arrangements (I know for SOAPF there were a lot of arguments).
     
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  3. TheJestersDoor

    TheJestersDoor Keep calm and bash Anders

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    I'd be really interested to see a studio diary for this album. It'd be interesting to get a look into the songwriting process nowadays and working with Howard Benson.
     
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    Completely agree with both of those.
     
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    I just listened to A Sense of Purpose for the first time in years. I wanted to see if my opinion of it had changed after the last decade of In Flames. I feel like since Siren Charms and Battles, some people have re-evaluated their post-2000 catalogue, and albums that were initially controversial or unpopular have seen their overall standing among the fanbase improve (particularly Reroute to Remain and Come Clarity).

    I think I'm still struck by how anaemic it sounds in comparison to both Come Clarity and SOAPF, the two albums either side of it. Although at the time Come Clarity was seen as a 'modern' IF album that continued their departure from their signature sound (largely due to the clean-sung choruses and Anders' higher screams), there was a lot of blood and thunder - it was really aggressive, the guitars and drums sounded massive and there was no let-up apart from the title track (which worked really well). I know people have said that they feel like CC is more of a metalcore record, but I hear a lot of classic In Flames in its DNA.

    That In Flames DNA feels much more diluted on ASOP, and I'm still trying to work out if it's production, instrumentation or songwriting that's the main reason. A lot of it might just be the increased presence of clean vocals, but then SOAPF had a lot of clean vocals too, and when it came out, I regarded it as a real return to form (although what form is debatable - the best of their post-Clayman material, or part of their all-time best). I think I'd comfortably say that the songwriting and production were much better on SOAPF, and there was maybe a bit more classic IF in the mix, particularly in the quality of the guitar melodies.

    Basically, revisiting A Sense of Purpose hasn't made me think that I misunderstood a gem, but it has made me appreciate Come Clarity and Sounds of a Playground Fading more. I think, actually, that it's also increased my appreciation for the three singles from Foregone, because they sound much more like the IF I love than an album released 14 years ago, which is quite encouraging.
     
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  6. DE4life

    DE4life 'ello treacle

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    I did a relisten of ASOP a while back... yeah, there's a lot of good ideas there, but as a package it doesn't really click. Production and vocals are massive handicaps which cannot be overcome in my view. Thankfully they got it right on SOAPF, but ASOP was a misstep in terms of production. To this day Jesper claims he can't understand why fans had a problem with ASOP, suggesting he's been smoking too much of the wacky baccy or never actually listened to the album after it was released.
     
  7. eochaid

    eochaid Judge Dredd of In Flames

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    I don't think that there's an IF sound anymore.the closer to that is the first era and that went too fast. After that, every album sounds different.

    This aside, I don't remember them sounding like a bunch of angry toddlers before.
     
  8. ciko_gfb

    ciko_gfb Anders Fanboy

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    I know all of us have the same question in mind for the longest time. Is this really an IF song??

     
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    Pallbearer Passive Member

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    From this perspective it looks kind of silly
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    You pretty much summed up my feelings about the album as well as Come Clarity and SoaPF. I really can't understand just why critics and even some sites love ASoP so much.
     
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    CC is probably my least favourite of the modern IF albums. Just feels really generic to me and not like IF. ASOP on the other hand has crappy guitar production and Anders is at his whiniest but the actual composition is very IF - it is the most guitar melody driven album since Clayman.
     
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    ThePhobiac be at ease

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    Yeah, I relistened to the IF discography a while back and was surprised how much I enjoyed ASOP. It shot up high in my rankings. Lots of variety, harmonies packed in everywhere and effortlessly, and retains the catchiness that only IF in their prime could deliver. It's all unfortunately weighed down by Anders' bad performance and the flimsy production. I agree with "the most guitar melody driven album since Clayman" for sure.
     

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