Concert Review: The Metal Tour of the Year, 5.12.2022

While The Metal Tour of the Year may have technically reached its conclusion a couple of weeks ago, and festival season is now upon us, there is no doubt that the dust is still settling in the aftermath of this massive event. Featuring the legendary Megadeth as headliners, this run of shows also included household names in Lamb of God, Trivium, and In Flames. Four of the most recognizable names in the metal world each bringing a different corner of the genre’s spectrum to this tour. Considering all we had missed since early 2020, this experience went a long way to welcoming back larger scale live music, and as a result will resonate many years into the future.

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CANTO: Swallow the Sun, Behemoth, Mystic Circle, and More

So out of the all the epic new material that dropped today, what has everyone been listening to?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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In Flames live at Aura, 12.5.2019

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Band: In Flames

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Aura, Portland, Maine

Date: December 5, 2019

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In Flames live at the House of Blues, 3.3.2019

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Band: In Flames

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: House of Blue, Boston, MA

Date: March 3, 2019

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Throwback Thursday: In Flames’ “Clayman” turns 18

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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.

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