In Flames: “Liberation” from Sounds of Playground Fading

In Flames’ latest is yet another gem in their long history, chock full of crazy good and meaningful songs.  But ballads are traditionally not what they do best — the slower experiments on this album aren’t exceptions, unfortunately, as they are awkward mess. Not this song.  The closing track is …

In Flames: Sounds of a Playground Fading

I was slightly concerned about In Flames’ new album because of their founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad’s departure.  He was one of the 3 songwriters, and as the only founding member remaining — surely he had a strong influence over the band’s sound? When I heard it, though, my worries dissipated. …

In Flames “The Mirror’s Truth” from A Sense of Purpose

Our modern society can be dehumanizing. Schools and work, these external structures, they enforce their rules, their priorities onto us, so that we are easier to assess, organize and categorize in their eyes. Think about it: standards like grades and salaries are completely arbitrary — they are social agreements, you …