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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Album Review: Solium Fatalis – “The Undying Season”

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Formed in 2012, New Hampshire-based Solium Fatalis quickly entered the scene with a self-titled debut the following year. Best categorized as a blackened death metal outfit, the band—whose name translates to “Deadly Throne”—have been hard at work, cranking out a second full-length release not even two years later. For a project that showed plenty of potential in 2013, The Undying Season does not disappoint. It’s a significant stride forward for Solium Fatalis and one that shows they know how to communicate their take on death metal to the world.

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