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In Flames - Reroute to Remain - reviewed by: Alcohollica

Track Listing
1. Reroute to Remain
2. System
3. Drifter
4. Trigger
5. Cloud Connected
6. Transparent
7. Dawn of a New Day
8. Egonomic
9. Minus
10. Dismiss the Cynics
11. Free Fall
12. Dark Signs
13. Metaphor
14. Black & White
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. --Alcohollica 1.21.03



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I know they've named the style that In Flames plays, but if you aren't familiar with it, "Gothenburg death metal" won't mean dick to you. Basically, it's a blend of total brutality with beautiful melodies and In Flames does it well on this disc.

The lead singer usually sounds like he has laryngitis on his smoker's voice, so you have to be willing accept some fairly harsh singing. Heavily distorted guitars are way up in the mix beating you in the face like Mike Tyson on crank, but within most songs is a soothing melody chorus played by lead guitar and usually keyboard that is anesthetic to the beating you take from the verses. It's a bit hard to notice when your being pummeled by the initial riffs, but it's there and I think that's why I found the disc to be highly enjoyable.

The songs seem to be only about two subjects--being stuck in life's rut or about being original and making your own path in life. Thankfully, the lyrics were included in the cd booklet. Some of the songs are a bit indistinguishable, but with 14 solid tracks provided, Reroute to Remain paradoxically leaves you satisfied with the beating it dishes out. --Nailer 2.4.03

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
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REVIEWER DATE
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2016
Eric Compton1/19/2017


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: IN FLAMES
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
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