The more things change, the more In Flames don’t

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that In Flames were one of the most important bands in metal. How times have changes. And In Flames have not.

The band just put out its 10th record “Sounds of a Playground Fading,” their first for Century Media and the follow-up to 2008’s very blah “A Sense of Purpose.” There was a time that I was really excited about In Flames, but that was more than half a decade ago, and since that time, they’ve put out mundane album after mundane album, and my tastes have completely changed. They have sounded uninspired and just kind of there, like they’re putting out albums for an excuse to tour, not because they have anything special or new to say. I keep reading about the new Opeth and how it’s a huge departure from their normal sound because they just didn’t feel the spark in going back and doing the same thing. I wonder if In Flames have that switch.

Anyhow, “Sounds of a Playground Fading” is more of the same, but one positive is the band sounds inspired. The music at least has a spark to it, and it’s probably the best thing they’ve put out since 2002’s “Reroute to Remain,” an album that was maligned by some, but I always liked it. It’s up to you to decide if that means this record is worth your time and money. Below, find my review that went live at today. And make sure you leave a snide remark below the review. Haha.

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