Review: In Flames – Sounds of a Playground Fading



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

Check out “Deliver Us” from Sounds of a Playground Fading below:

  • Imnotanartistimapieceofart

    I am actually looking forward to this record. The last album I picked up by them was Soundtrack To your Escape. I enjoyed it, but I also enjoy when a band can evolve and still retain their roots, as where alot of bands do a complete 180 and something opposite. I look at this as maturity juxtaposed to changing their sound to please the masses.

  • Kevin Bigda

    This song is infectious as fuck and there’s some good shit on this album, but overall this is another unspectacular album in the shitty direction they’ve gone since Soundtrack to Your Escape. I wish they’d start being good again.

  • wtf

    since when did Johnny Craig start doing vocals for In Flames?

  • Fitry_kmp

    no metal nol life..yeahhh!!!