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In Flames Reveals New Album Release Dates And Signs To Century Media

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Swedish melodic death metallers In Flames have announced that they have signed a new record deal with Century Media for their forthcoming new studio album, "Sounds Of A Playground Fading," which will be released on June 20th in Europe and June 21st in North America. Speaking on the signing, Antje Lange of Century Media stated:

"We are very happy to make In Flames part of the Century Media Family. The band has a very loyal international fan base and has found a partner with an international set up."

Anders Fridén of In Flames also added:

"This is number 10... Album number 10! That we even made it this far, that is amazing. Then, to deliver the album of our career that is something else... It's fast, slow, heavy and mellow. It's happy, sad, angry and calm. Sounds Of A Playground Fading is everything we ever done on crack (it’s a metaphor boys and girls), it's cask strength whiskey when it's THAT perfect moment. Use and abuse! By the way, we are happy to be in bed with Century Media. They know the business, we know the music, a perfect match. What can possibly go wrong... ha, ha, ha!!!!!!"

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n0thinghead's avatar

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1. n0thinghead writes:

-____-'

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Deathblooms writes:

they were too metal for nuclear blast anyway

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 7:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. xFiruath writes:

"What can possibly go wrong?"

Well, for starters, you named your album "Sounds of a Playground Fading."

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. R Tenney writes:

I am hopeful its closer to their older classic material. I'm less than optimistic. NP: In Flames. :Food For The Gods

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 7:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ZMA writes:

They've always been great though. I'm sure this album will be just as good as their past work.

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 7:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Roiste writes:

I think the album's name might have something to do with the movie "Children of Men". Regardless I have no issue with the name. Wait for the music before you judge the album. Besides, more than half the people calling it "emo" don't even know what it really means to begin with.

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 8:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. macky3214 writes:

Inflames are beast

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 9:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. n0thinghead writes:

lmfao @ xF

great song R10

i'm with u #6, but the fact is that the album title doesn't sound like something in flames would put out. it'll actually be more understandable from korn.

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. ssdd_13 writes:

The problem with Korn is they suck #8
In Fames actually have talent, let the music do the talking.
This band has been real consistant with their material.

\m/ \m/

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Deathblooms writes:

Real consistent? Are you high?

In Flames hasn't released a good album in years

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 7:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. n0thinghead writes:

deathblooms: that's ur opinion dude but ssdd is incorrect about in flames material being consistant tho. the jester face, whoracle, colony, and clayman were all amazing, pure gothenburg-style melodic death metal. reroute to remain, come clarity and soundtrack to your escape were all almost emo/experimental alternative melodic metal that just had melodic death metal influences. and a sense of purpose, well continued that tread but with more almost-jonathan davis-type of whiny vox. all solids record imo, but just the quality of the music has not been the same since clayman (my fav).

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 10:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. R Tenney writes:

My thoughts exactly NH. They've been consistantly average their last 4 releases or so. Wondering what kind of effect Stromblad leaving will have. Whoracle was IF at their most perfect imo.

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 10:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. MetalFan420 writes:

YAWN.....this album will be trash just like the last few. no Jesper means this is 100% fail. IF died many years ago with the release of soundtrack to your escape. IF continually slaps its fans of their old style in the face and has made me embarrassed to even mention their name without saying "the old stuff" in the same sentence. I want my money and time back that i wasted on the last two shows i attended..they played NOTHING from the old albums.

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 10:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. R Tenney writes:

I find your gripes to be true to a point above. They do seem to neglect their older classic material live. But they've also broadened their fan base with the Come Claritys. In 2000 they'd play to 400;while now they headline and play to 15 or 16 hundred. A lot of newer fans prefer the last 2 albums unfortunately. Just wish they'd be fair and mix in some of the older material

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 10:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. n0thinghead writes:

when i saw them about less than 2 yr's ago, a sense of purpose was just fresh outta the box, they did about an 1+ hr set and obviously included some old stuff, but, to me at least, it was quite a number of old stuff. satelites and astronauts, lord hypnos (i think), pinball map, dead god in me, food for the gods, the hive, and i'm not sure what else, but i wouldda loved to have heard episode 666, goliaths disarm their davids, bullet ride (i think they might've done it tho), swim, and my 2 fav's only for the weak and suburban me.

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 11:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Blindgreed1 writes:

Clearly ssdd_13 needs to put the crack pipe down.

xFiruath: I often wonder if something gets missed in translation with foreign bands and their album titles. They should have Wilco proof their titles before they send off the liners for printing. :D

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Guttersniper writes:

While I think each of their albums have differences from one another, I think that they generally have 2 similar albums before drastically changing the sound. This is generally how I group them together:

Lunar Strain and Subterranean
The Jester Race and Whoracle
Colony and Clayman
Reroute to Remain and STYE
Come Clarity and ASOP

This means that by my math, the new album should have a newer sound we haven't heard from them yet... Based on how they've progressed, this means they will probably move a little farther away from their melodic death roots. While I have enjoyed all of their albums I really hope they mix a little Clayman and Colony type sound into this but I can't help but be doubtful... We shall see, I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure I'll enjoy it even with Anders vocals being more "whiny" as ppl seem to describe it.

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 1:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. ZMA writes:

I just got into In Flames with A Sense Of Purpose so I don't have to much say over this, but I thought A Sense Of Purpose was really good. The band is really tight, I mean they've been playing for years together, and the music was pretty heavy.
Obviously not as heavy as their past efforts as it's been pointed out, but I really enjoyed that album.
Apparently this new album will stray even further from their original sound, with less screaming and more hard rock playing. That's just what I've read though, I'll wait till the album drops and see for myself.

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 2:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Ryanopuffs writes:

I love In Flames older stuff >; Newer stuff. My favorite album was Colony, it got me into them. But, they DIDNT sign a contract saying they have to play one strict type of my music and have ONE sound. You'll find that 80% of metal bands experiment at some point, with either positive or negative feedback. Either way, their entitled to do what they want, the way they want to sound, and if your a true fan you'll support them, and not bash their previous releases.

And calling them "inconsistent" is very amusing to me, considering they've released albums "consistently" throughout 2 decades for us. Consistence should not be based upon the way they sound, because everyone has opinions, and if you dont like the music, dont bother. Bickering and whining wont get you what you want.

No matter what anybody says, ill pick up and album they produce, because they were that important to my music taste now, and I actually enjoy all their different sounds for different reasons.

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. n0thinghead writes:

^^^ ftw

# Mar 29, 2011 @ 8:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Hipsterxf writes:

I agree post 19,even though they change their sound all the time there good at it,I bet most bands wish they can have that much success when they want to change their sound but truth is their r only so many bands that can do it.old in flames is boss, but they do enough on the newer stuff to keep people listening to their albums.They may be getting softer and may never go back to form.but their still the best.one of the greatest influences in metal and that speaks volumes.u kids that love djent hipster stuff that will die in due time but in flames will keep influencing and putting out good records.

# Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Deathblooms writes:

Of course consistency is based on how they sound. The sound being good or not is of course opinion, but there is no denying that the sound over the last few years has been very different (inconsistent). That is fact, not opinion.

# Mar 31, 2011 @ 10:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Deathblooms writes:

I will always love In Flames because they have a lot of great material and I plan on seeing them when they come around in a few months, but that doesn't mean I love all their material.

# Mar 31, 2011 @ 10:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Ryanopuffs writes:

@Deathblooms, Yes, i know it has been very different over the years. If you arent deaf, its obvious. But it goes back to my original point, they DIDNT sign a contract saying they have to have one sound and stick to it. Also, it SHOULDNT be based on "genre" because fans often cant make up their mind. If they dont change their style and keep putting out similar sounding music, they get bored. If they change, they bicker and whine. You cant satisfy everyone, but if you keep putting out records and trying to improve and experiment upon your sound, it means consistency.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 12:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. n0thinghead writes:

i completely agree with ryan BUT that doesn't excuse that fact that they've lost their roots tho. u listen to "the mirror's truth" and then "goliaths disarm their davids", forget about different sound, it doesn't even sound like the same band. experimenting and progressing is great for a band to not stay the same and get boring, but mature the sound, don't simplify more to the point that ur sound seems to be going backwards in progression.

again, i'm not bashing, for i've loved all of IF's albums. i just know and understand the ever simplification and steps down of each album since reroute. i rlly hope this doesn't continue, for i will then be embarassed to walk around my university with my book bag baring the in flames patch i've had for while now.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 10:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Guttersniper writes:

Deathblooms and Ryanopuffs: You guys are arguing about two different things just using the same word "consistent" as the focal point. Consistent can mean different things based on how your using it... Have they been consistent based on their sound? No, they have changed a lot over time. Have they consistently put out good albums? well that depends on who you ask, IMO they have but others would disagree.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 8:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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