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Album Review

Frantic metal band In Flames can deliver a good melody around the militaristic, precision drumming of Daniel Svensson and the occasionally guttural yelps of frontman Anders Fridén. Whether it's a tight, polished effort like "The Mirror's Truth" with traces of classic metal à la Iron Maiden or especially Judas Priest, In Flames definitely bring a sense of purpose to this record. From there, the group increase the Metallica-ish franticness with "Disconnected" that relies on heavy guitar riffs but a far lighter, almost airy chorus and bridge. This is improved upon later on the album as "I'm the Highway" takes the record to another level. Probably the heaviest track is "Condemned," that again is driven by Svensson and the guitar tandem of Jesper Strömblad and Björn Gelotte. These less intense moments are rarities, though, as "Sleepless Again" almost contains slight "emo" characteristics throughout. The group truly strike gold with the deliberate but delectable "Alias" that brings to mind classic Led Zeppelin in the various twists and turns it takes. Following a beefy, brawn-saturated "Move Through Me," In Flames save the crowning achievement for the lengthy, winding "The Chosen Pessimist," which opens like a reflective, introspective piece of music by Sigur Rós before finding its way effortlessly. In Flames continue to make their mark by being rooted in a strong metal or hard rock foundation but being musically and creatively inquisitive enough to seek out something more.

Customer Reviews

Afraid of Change?

Everytime a band tries to changed their sound up and grow past their previous works there are gonna be those fans who are just looking for the same old sound. In Flames has grown up, this album takes a giant leap foward and they have finally escaped the box. Having been an In Flames fan for years now I can honestly say the musicianship and song writing that they put into this album is as quality as it gets. Dont listen to those people who cant deal with a changing sound, instead, listen to this album. You wont be dissapointed.

It's good =)

Here's my review on In Flames album A Sense of Purpose. Simple: This CD is addicting. Long: A Sense of Purpose is a great album. This isn't the opinion of a new fan that doesn't know the old stuff. I have all their CDs, therefore, don't criticize this with the usual. Moreoever, the songs that I believe everybody should get (that is to say, if they don't purchase the album right away) are Delight and Angers, Move Through Me, Sober and Irrelevant, Condemned, and March to the Shore. Needless to say, all of the songs on this album are wonderful and thrilling to listen to. I hope everyone can enjoy this album as much as I have. I give it a 5/5

Best Album

In Flames has just released their 10th best album. Jesper and Bjorn are amazing guitarists. Thank you Anders for the awesome vocals!


Formed: 1990 in Göthenburg, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After leaving Ceremonial Oath to form In Flames, founding member and guitarist Jesper Strömblad saw this project as a way of expressing his songwriting creativity rather than being stuck in the background. With the added influences of Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, along with his own touch of aggressive metal that overwhelmed his home country of Sweden, Wrong Again Records took notice and released In Flames' 1993 debut, Lunar Strain. In the tradition of many other Swedish metal acts, In Flames also...
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