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Review: In Flames - Sounds of a Playground Fading

Review: In Flames - Sounds of a Playground Fading
Rated:3.5/5

Founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad quit this hugely influential Swedish band last year, but his absence doesn’t keep his bandmates from going about their business on In Flames’ 10th studio album. Sounds of a Playground Fading hews closely to the melodic-death-metal-meets-alt-rock style these guys have spearheaded since 2002’s Reroute to Remain, with crunchy riffs regularly giving way to soaring choruses that could seduce a Muse fan. On “Deliver Us,” they mix it up even more, throwing in some blippy post-rave synths for extra European élan. It’s all characteristically solid, but the real keeper is “The Attic,” In Flames’ prettiest ballad in years. MIKAEL WOOD

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