Company: Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Eric Compton
In Flames 'Battles' hits me in the same way that Avenged Sevenfold's last one did. Maybe today 'Battles' is a 3, tomorrow it's a 5. As we sit now the Hollywood production from Howard Benson is lifeless. Very little spark on the strings and those obnoxious synth sounds don't do anything to make this band sound youthful. Critics can peg me as a non-believer of In Flames but I loved their last album. It isn't the progression and change for me, it's just the lethargic energy levels. I'll bet this stuff is better live.