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Soundtrack to Your Escape

In Flames

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Album Review

In Flames was certainly under the extreme-metal microscope upon the release of Soundtrack to Your Escape and its predecessor, Reroute to Remain. The band had the potential to crack the metal underground wide to the mainstream, existing on the cusp of international stardom with its progressive extrapolations upon the Swedish metal genre they helped create. Fact is, Soundtrack to Your Escape exists to further polarize In Flames' fan base — "Touch of Red" and opening cut "F(r)iend" are their heaviest riff monsters since Colony, which blatantly contrast "The Quiet Place," which is jammed with cascading guitar melodies and a thick, sticky chorus which, in a just world, would make for a rock-radio smash. Anders Fridén is again using a myriad of vocal styles, including his mid-range death rasp (see "Dead Alone," with its old-school Swedish riffs seamlessly morphing into melodic passages), an awkward clean croon ("Like You Better Dead," "My Sweet Shadow"), and an electronically enhanced warble, all of which are multi-tracked for many choruses — proving that Fridén may be In Flames' most powerful weapon now that the band's trademark ornate guitar flights are used somewhat sparingly. Some may cry foul when confronted by a lush ballad like "Evil in a Closet" or the relatively straightforward riffing of "Dial 595-Escape," but old-school whiners will be equally appeased with a barnburner like "In Search for I." Bottom line, In Flames are growing as songwriters with every passing release, and the debate over the style in which the tunes are conveyed really seems secondary when confronted with such a strong and cohesive album. Soundtrack to Your Escape will disappoint those looking to find fault with the leaders of the Swedish pack, while open-minded purveyors of metal will revel in the album's careful balance of credibility and accessibility. [The import digipack version includes a bonus track, "Discover Me Like Emptiness."]

Customer Reviews

FYI

All the other reviews don't really explain why this album is amazing.

Quite simply: progression.

In Flames is a band who's distinct sound is ever changing and over the course of each album you can hear the slight difference in their music whether it being from the instrumental aspect, to the vocals/lyrics of Anders. STYE is my favorite In Flames album not only because it was my first, but because there is bound to be a song on the album that can appeal to all In Flames fans.

Unfortunately some are too biased to give this album a listen and they all claim that most of their new stuff is too reliant on synth/pop.

False. The addition of certain synth sounds (see The Quiet Place, Dead Alone, My Sweet Shadow, etc.) only exemplify the songs into something much greater than simply good. My personal recommendations to you would be

If you're a new listener:

The Quiet Place
Dead Alone
My Sweet Shadow
Evil In A Closet

If you are curious about STYE:

Touch Of Red
F(r)iend
Borders and Shadings
Superhero of the Computer Rage

this album is truly fantastic. IN FLAMES WE TRUST.

Truly great.

This record is a true gem. I find In Flames to be a generally enjoyable band, but when I listened to the first track I knew this was something special. From it kicks off with an amazing ferocity that is so well organized that it puts many other bands out there to shame. With this record you the music that many other bands can't produce, because they become so caught up in delivering raging metal/rock that they turn their songs into unsinspired chaotic messes. In Flames does the exact opposite on this album, from to fierce to the 'calmer' tracks, they are all executed masterfully. The drumming is amazing, the guitars deliver powerful riffs that sing to all apects of rock and the vocals are spot all, from slow erie singing to howling shouts, In Flames does a phenomenal job. I definitely recomend this album to anyone who is a fan of metal/progressive/thrash/hard rock/etc....

Well

I think it's awesome, personally. And you guys who think I'm just another guy who likes the same old generic stuff: you're wrong... I normally listen to straight-up death metal, black metal, doom metal... Any of the real metal genres, and I find this album amazing.

Biography

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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