Though they’re little more than a punchline these days, it’s hard to overstate just how important In Flames were in my journey into metal fandom. As I began my crossover from nu-metal kid into “the real shit” — sometime around eighth grade — the Swedes were one of the first contemporary bands to really hook me. At their peak, they hit every note I wanted to hear: the sense of melody I’d come to appreciate from classic artists like Maiden and Priest; a heaviness that, unlike nu-metal, didn’t feel clownish; and most importantly, an almost unfairly catchy presentation of both those component parts.
And it’s thanks to that last point in particular that Clayman was the first In Flames album to hook me in. So in honor of its 18th birthday this past Tuesday, let’s take a look back at it.
In Flames needs no introduction. Love them or hate them, they have been a household name in the metal scene for years now. A key player in the Gothenburg death metal movement of the early 1990s, In Flames have released 11 studio albums over the last two decades. While their style has evolved dramatically over the years (and has seen many fans come and go), the reality is the same: In Flames is a band we all recognize.
Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve discussed the Swedes in list format. Many of you may remember back in February (we were still Horns Up back then) I shared my 10 favorite In Flames tracks of all time. This time around, I’ll be looking at the music videos In Flames have released over the years. And let me assure you, there are plenty to pick from. Continue reading
Well, this is certainly an ambitious decision, isn’t it? Forming in 1990 and remaining active ever since, In Flames have released 11 full length albums, most recently last year’s Siren Charms. There’s no shortage of material to work with for a Top 10 list. They were one of the pioneers of the Gothenburg death metal scene and have become one of the most recognizable bands both inside the metal community and out.