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In Flames
Siren Charms

Company: Sony Music
Release: 2014
Genre: Progressive
Reviewer: Frank Hill

  • Doesn't sit alongside the best of their catalog



  • Anders Fridén's voice, whether soft or abrasive, has always appealed to me. The debate over early melodic death versus latter synth-soaked (or even Americanized -core) sounding In Flames was never an argument I'd join in since he has been a part of all eras of their output. He is the center of which all else revolves. Really, I just like the guy.

    What's missing from Siren Charms is a substantive instrumental compliment to the strong pathos of his vocals and the often obtuse lyrics. For the better half of the album, the lead melodies don't wring my emotions nor do the underlying riffs go along any paths that haven't already been worn down by their prior output. I like to have that with an In Flames record since they've already shown, multiple times, the capabilities of being a trend-setting band. Since Anders is more in focus, the overall result is a tamer release that's more introverted than aggressive; more progressive than thrashy.

    Siren Charms isn't a bad In Flames record, but it also doesn't sit alongside the best of their catalog.


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    Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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