Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
Reviews

In Flames - A Sen

By CrpnDeth, Staff Photographer/Writer
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 @ 12:55 AM


Watch for the April release on

- advertisement -
- advertisement -
In Flames often catches flack for having a new album sound like the last one, but this mostly comes from the same people who are waiting for another Whoracle or Jester Race. Move on already! The core of In Flames’ sound doesn’t allow a lot of room to venture, yet at the same time that is what they do with A Sense of Purpose.

The entire disc is very melodic both in vocals and guitar harmonies. Anders Friden’s voice doesn’t sound as strained and forced or maniacal as it did during parts of Come Clarity, and that in itself gives them strength. Even when he is reaching for something more brutal, he does so with control. The guitar structures from Bjorn Gelotte and Jesper Stromblad flow evenly throughout the heavy riffs and the strong melodies. Over the top thrash riffs seemed to be partly replaced by heavy ass grooves (and no, that does not mean slower). The drumming of Daniel Svensson is not all that flashy, but it doesn’t need to be – it keeps things solid and sound even more punishing than usual. Peter Iwers basslines, sometimes indistinguishable, does lay a heavy bottom line when layered between the guitars.

Condemned is an excellent example of the vocal and guitar harmonies blending together to create an instant memorable chorus, while starting off with the typical In Flames signature. Anders may not do a whole lot of “clean” vocals throughout the songs, but he does let loose in The Chosen Pessimist which clocks in as the disc’s longest song at over 8 minutes. This song kind of seems out of place in the flow that the disc created thus far, dropping the built up momentum. The usual song structure is abandoned and the song is free to form a dark and moody vibe. The vocals seem a bit lost at times when they are not backed by thunderous twin riffs, as his previous clean parts have been.

Oddly enough, while listening to this release, I picked up on several instances reminiscent of old school Iron Maiden style riffs.

A Sense of Purpose is easily going to be one of the ten best releases for 2008, as well as a very strong release to add to In Flames existing catalog. Expect them to give Megadeth a run for their money this year on Gigantour.

* * * *

Buy your copy now in the KNAC.COM More Store. Click here.


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
BRITISH LION, CONEY HATCH In Ottawa, Canada
SUNFLOWER DEAD C O M A
SURF CITY BLITZ In California Photo Gallery
TRIVIUM, AVATAR, LIGHT THE TORCH In Portland, OR Photo Gallery
DEVILDRIVER, JINJER In Cleveland, OH With Photos!
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY In Dublin, Ireland
CAULDRON New Gods
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER In Ottawa, Canada
JUDAS PRIEST, KREATOR In Quito, Ecuador
CAL JAM '18 Photo Gallery
BLOODBATH The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn
STRIKER Play To Win
NIGHT RANGER "Dawn Of Madness" Show In Waukegan, IL
BUTCHER BABIES, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, SKARLETT RIOT, IGNEA, MAERTYRIUM, In Siegburg, Germany
HOUSE OF LORDS In New Bedford, MA
GRETA VAN FLEET Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
IMPELLITTERI The Nature Of The Beast
ALICE COOPER In Houston Photo Gallery
ICARUS WITCH Goodbye Cruel World
TARJA, STRATOVARIUS, SERPENTYNE In Cologne, Germany
CLUTCH, SEVENDUST, TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN In Portland, OR With Photos!
ACCEPT In Houston, TX With Photos!
U.D.O. Steelfactory
SKULL FIST Way Of The Road
SOULFLY Ritual
ANTHRAX State of Euphoria 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
FIFTH ANGEL The Third Secret
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER In New Bedford, MA
ANAAL NATHRAKH A New Kind of Horror
PRIMAL FEAR Apocalypse
BEHEMOTH I Loved You At Your Darkest
DORO Forever Warriors, Forever United
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS In Houston, TX Photo Gallery
BILLY MORRIS AND THE SUNSET STRIP Holdin’ All The Aces
VINCE NEIL In Houston, TX Photo Gallery
DEE SNIDER For The Love Of Metal
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, STRIKER, HELION PRIME In Houston, TX W/Photos!
DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again
SCORPIONS, QUEENSRYCHE In Tampa, FL With Photos!
HUMBLE PIE Live At The Ottawa CityFolk Festival
BEHEMOTH Album Listening Party In Los Angeles For I Loved You At Your Darkest
THE DEAD DAISIES, HOOKERS 'N BLOW In Ottawa, Canada With Photos!
DRAGONLORD Dominion
STONE BROKEN Ain't Always Easy
BRANT BJORK Mankind Woman
KORPIKLAANI Kulkija
BRAINSTORM Midnight Ghost
SLEAZY WAY OUT, INSUFFICIENT FUNDS In Ottawa, Canada
DEEP PURPLE, JUDAS PRIEST In Jacksonville, FL W/Photos!
HELLOWEEN In Worcester, MA With Photos!





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News