For the past decade or so, melodeath heavyweights In Flames have divided the worldwide metal community. After beginning humbly as a melodic side-project to Jesper Strömblad’s traditional death metal band Ceremonial Oath, the Gothenburg group went on to release a string of innovative albums throughout the mid to late 90s that earned them unanimous acclaim for pioneering a much cleaner, more NWOBHM inspired style of death metal. Alongside the likes of bands such as Dark Tranquility and At the Gates, this fresh approach took the metal world by absolute storm. However, the turn of the decade has seen the Swedes popularity tower to heights not often reached without musical compromise, a notion that most bands of their genre would never dare to entertain. In the case of Anders Fridén and co, they boldly made the decision to incorporate friendly grooves and alternative metal riffs into a core sound that was always considered to be its best when abrasive, off-putting and relentless.
Ghost Cult’s crew was lucky to catch up with Anders Friden of In Flames at their label, Eleven Seven Music Group in New York City to discuss their new album, I, The Mask. We chatted about the making of the album, changes of their music over time, his opinion on fan criticism, production, social media, climate change, touring, beer, their second annual curated festival, Borgholm Brinner! Thanks to Anders for hanging out. Interview by Keefy and photos and videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography.Continue reading
In Flames is fast approaching their new album, I, The Mask, due out on March 1st via Eleven Seven Music Group/Nuclear Blast. Check out their new lyric video for their track ‘Burn’ on YouTube channel. The track is definitely heavier than the other four songs already released on the album. Going hard from start to finish, this sounds like a partial throwback to the bands no-nonsense melo-death influenced groove metal tracks of the early 2000s. Check it out! Continue reading