I don't know if it's something in the water, but Sweden seems to have a knack for producing some incredibley talented metal bands. One of these is bands is In Flames, a five piece that started in 1990 and has since gone through several lineup changes. Today, In Flames is currently riding a huge wave of popularity among metal fans in the US and across the world. Their latest release is "Reroute to Remain," a bludgeoning disc filled with 14 tracks of amazing riffs, thundering drums and interesting lyrics and vocals.
The guys in this band make no qualms about utilizing their talent and showing it off on their CD's. It's not just your normal power chords hidden behind a wall of effects, it's intelligent, different, unique and original. It's all backed up by some insane speed-demon drumming and a bassline that perfectly fits each and every song. The vocals oftentimes sound like the guy has a frog in his throat but I've heard worse. The vocalist (Anders Friden) proves he can sing on slowed down acoustic tracks like "Dawn of a New Day" and "Metaphor."
It's easy to tell that the band has old school metal influences with their progressive sound. However they haven't completely abandoned all the new technology and sounds that often appear on today's current metal discs. The band incorporates some keyboards and some other effects to give it their own flavor. They even use a cello on "Metaphor."
All in all there's hardly any bad things I can say about this CD. It's a nice change of pace for metalheads and the only thing I regret is not getting into this band sooner. Definitely give this band and this CD a shot.
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