IN FLAMES

Af­ter los­ing a mem­ber but play­ing are­nas last time out, Gothen­burg’s leg­ends hope to strike lucky with al­bum 13

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: JAMES WEAVER

Will it be lucky 13 for Gothen­burg’s finest? We crash their stu­dio.

in flames’ tonal

shift to­wards al­ter­na­tive metal has been tak­ing place for some time now, with 2016’s Bat­tles demon­strat­ing their most dy­namic leap yet to­wards a cleaner, more stream­lined sound. Af­ter grac­ing the big­gest of stages with Five Fin­ger Death Punch and Avenged Seven­fold on their last cy­cle, mild-man­nered front­man An­ders Fridén tells Ham­mer that we can ex­pect a much more up-tempo ex­pe­ri­ence from al­bum num­ber 13.

so an­ders, how’s the new record sound­ing?

“Great! I don’t re­ally have a grip of it just yet be­cause we’re work­ing on all the tracks. Like with our last record, we came here with noth­ing and cre­ated some­thing so it is dif­fi­cult to sum it up, but so far, it sounds very In Flames, there’s no sur­prises there. I think it sounds great and it has all the es­sen­tials that we want for an In Flames al­bum; there’s melodies, scream­ing on var­i­ous tracks, hooks ev­ery­where. I think if you are into In Flames and what we’ve done for the past 20 years or so, you should be happy. I’m very, very happy!”

bat­tles was ar­guably

Your most melodic record to date, so can we as­sume this new one fol­lows suit?

“Well, we’ve al­ways been a melodic band but it comes out in dif­fer­ent forms: the gui­tars, vo­cals, key­boards or what­ever. This is very melodic, too, but I would say this is more up-tempo than Bat­tles.

I think it has more sim­i­lar­i­ties to Sounds Of A Play­ground Fad­ing but don’t quote me on that… I guess you will, ha ha!”

lyri­cally, what’s in­spired You this time out?

“We’re liv­ing in a tough world. I’m look­ing at my kids and they are grow­ing up in the world we have to­day, all the trou­bles you face and the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate is very tense, it’s al­most go­ing to ex­plode. All of that brings ten­sion, so that is what I’ve been look­ing into, but it is the same with the mu­sic. Then it is deal­ing with past re­la­tion­ships and things that I have gone through – it’s not all based on me or any­thing, I just take ideas or in­spi­ra­tion from cer­tain

times of my life.”

You’re cur­rently with­out a per­ma­nent bassist as peter iw­ers left af­ter the re­lease of bat­tles. how has that im­pacted the record­ing for this new al­bum?

“Peter was a great bass player and he ob­vi­ously brought a sound, but he didn’t write any mu­sic so it hasn’t re­ally made much dif­fer­ence. Live, he had a big im­pact with his play­ing style and he brought a sound that adds some­thing to the mu­sic but when it comes to what we’re look­ing to do, it doesn’t re­ally change any­thing.”

You’ve played some big stages on the last tour with the likes of avenged seven­fold, five fin­ger death punch and the main stage of down­load fes­ti­val. are You feel­ing more in­clined to write more arena-friendly tracks for this new record?

“That’s not even on our minds, I don’t think about that at all. We are try­ing to write as good In Flames songs as we pos­si­bly can, we’re not try­ing to put that in a cer­tain place. If we’re feel­ing good af­ter this next one, then yeah, let’s go with it, but no, I don’t even think about that. That wouldn’t be good for us if we were writ­ing with that in mind, we just want to write as good In Flames songs as pos­si­ble! We have good songs and we can play them all in an arena, but they are not writ­ten for that.”

In Flames’ new al­bum will land later this year via nu­clear blast

“PETER LEAV­ING DOESN’T

CHANGE ANY­THING”

Björn is so en­grossed he’s not even no­ticed the – ahem – van­ish­ing light

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