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.
Greetings, everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the extended weekend (at least those that of you that could). Personally, I’m JUST rolling in the door late on Monday night following a long trip through New York. I’m still fighting the upcoming sobriety and the inevitable hangover that will come with it, and while I do so I figured I would throw together our latest playlist. This week’s edition features some hits from the last couple years as well as some names you may be hearing more from in the near future. I won’t spoil anymore than that. ANYWAY. You know where to find our other playlists, so let’s roll into it…
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:
Leading off, Wolves in the Throne Room have announced a new album, titled Thrice Woven. The album will drop September 22 via the band’s own label, Artemisia Records, and features a guest spot from Neurosis’ Steve Von Till. Sounds better than Celestite already!
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off, Agoraphobic Nosebleed will be replacingWormrot at this year’s Maryland Deathfest. As one of the maybe five jackasses to have missed them last time out, I’m quite pumped about this. Noothgrush have been tapped to replace English Dogs, who also had to pull out of their appearance.