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In Flames-Soundtrack to Your Escape-Nuclear Blast Records Reviewed by Chaoslord

Track Listing
1. F(r)iend
2. Quiet Place
3. Dead Alone
4. Touch of Red
5. Like You Better Dead
6. My Sweet Shadow
7. Evil in a Closet
8. In Search for 1
9. Borders and Shading
10. Superhero of the Computer Rage
11. Dial 595-Escape
12. Bottled
Well, the Gothenberg boys are back with their latest album. For those of you not familiar with the bands previous album "Reroute to Remain", this was a departure from what most listeners were used to. This album is much like that with an occasional twist thrown in there.

The first track "F(r)iend" is a throwback to old In Flames and leaves the listener's mouth agape with the heaviness and melody that this song contains. The following track "The Quiet Place" is something you would have heard on "Reroute to Remain". The album follows this pattern somewhat throughout the rest of the disc. While In Flames is experimenting with some things, one thing that has stayed in their formula is the melody that made them a success.

The trademark Swedish guitars are executed flawlessly by Jesper Stromblad and Bjorn Gelotte. Anders Friden gets downright guttural on the opening track and then throws in clean vocals at certain points in the album. This album is somewhat of an anomaly for the simple fact that it is hard to determine where the band is headed. I enjoyed the album but am still somewhat undecided as to what I think of this album overall. It is not something that you can compare to pre-Reroute to Remain In Flames because they have evolved and matured with each album they released. So go pick up "Soundtrack to Your Escape" and experience the phenomenon that are In Flames.

--Chaoslord 04.30.04
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

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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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: IN FLAMES
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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
A Sense of PurposeIn Flames
2008
Frank Hill6/12/2008
Come ClarityIn Flames
2006
Frank Hill3/8/2006
Lunar Strain/Subterranean (Reissues)In Flames
2005
Eric Compton6/17/2005
Reroute to RemainIn Flames
2002
Guest1/21/2003
Siren CharmsIn Flames
2014
Frank Hill10/20/2014
Sounds of a Playground FadingIn Flames
2011
Eric Compton8/5/2011
Soundtrack to Your EscapeIn Flames
2004
Greg Watson4/30/2004
The Mirror's TruthIn Flames
2008
Frank Hill3/14/2008
Trigger EPIn Flames
2003
Frank Hill2/20/2004


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: IN FLAMES
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
BattlesIn Flames
2016
Eric Compton1/19/2017


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: IN FLAMES
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
Anders FridenIn FlamesGreg Watson7/9/2004


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