Battles - Digipak CD

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Release: 11.11.2016
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VÖ Datum 11.11.2016
Genre Groove Metal
Verpackung Digipak


Limited Digi incl. 2 Bonus Tracks

In a music scene full of seemingly endless subgenres and transient trends, IN FLAMES are an
example of what it means to steadfastly stay true to your vision. Since forming in Gothenburg,
Sweden in 1990, the legendary melodic metal act has had six albums debut in the top ten in
Sweden (including two #1 debuts), toured alongside everyone from METALLICA to JUDAS PRIEST
and influenced many of today’s biggest metal acts without ever ceasing to push their own signature
sound forward. In that spirit, the band’s twelfth full-length »Battles« sees IN FLAMES eschewing
proven formulas in favor of trying new things, most notably finding a new collaborator in
Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, THE USED), who was
brought into the band’s coveted inner circle in order make »Battles« an album that will appeal to
every type of IN FLAMES fan.
“This album came together much sooner than we thought it would,” guitarist Björn Gelotte explains
when asked about the writing process. “I was very reluctant in the beginning but I had a bunch of
riffs so I just sat down with [vocalist] Anders [Fridén] and started working on stuff and it began to
come together really quickly.”
Before bringing things to bassist Peter Iwers and guitarist Niclas Engelin, the duo decided to leave
the comforts of Sweden for Los Angeles where they would write all day and then BBQ and drink
beer until the early hours of the morning. “I think being in California really affected this album in
the sense that we had a studio in the house that we were staying at and the vibe was really relaxed
which lent itself to productivity,” Fridén adds.
In fact, although the band were only planning on recording 11 songs, they actually came away
with 15 of them and this inspiration was partially due to Benson’s influence on the overall process.
“I think it really helped having a producer who could make us focus on what we needed to accomplish
and keep us on track,” Fridén continues.
“This was a very new approach for us because we’ve never let anyone else in the way we did
with Howard,” Gelotte adds. “We met with a lot of producers prior to starting this album and he
seemed like the only guy who didn’t want to change anything; he just wanted to make sure we
were making the best IN FLAMES record that we could and it just felt right,” he continues. “It’s not
that we aren’t happy doing things ourselves. We just thought we would try something different
because that’s what this band has always been about.”
That confidence and palpable excitement is dripping all over Battles from the instantly infectious
“take the power back”-anthem ‘The Truth’ to the jaw-dropping technical brutality of ‘Through My
Eyes’ and distinctive groove and climactic chorus of the album’s title track. In other words, the
album sees the band making the hooks sharper, the riffs tighter and honing the overall attack in a
way that parallels their legendary live shows in an unparalleled fashion.
“When people hear this album I think they’re going to instantly know that it’s the new IN FLAMES
without us repeating the same song over and over, and that’s something I’m incredibly proud of,”
Fridén says. “There’s something in the fingers of the guys and my voice that’s undeniable, but I
really hope that our songwriting is something that can continue to evolve the way it did here in
the future.”
That relentless drive to innovate in light of their success is something that’s been inherent in IN
FLAMES’ approach from day one and it’s something they’ve never lost sight of despite their countless
accolades and constant reinventions.
”We decided early on we are going to do this band our way and aren’t going to think about what
the flavor of the month is,” explains Gelotte. “In the end we are the ones who are going to have
to play these songs and stand behind them and, as long as we love what we do and make the
listener feel it, then that’s what makes it an IN FLAMES song. That may sound like a cliché, but it’s
true. We need the music to be as interesting to us as it is to our fans because this has never just
been a job for us, it’s a way of life.”
This mission statement proves to be working as evidenced by the fact that IN FLAMES’ audience
is a wide range of ages, genders and music fans, which is ultimately due to the fact that the band
have never tried to be something they’re not:
“The beautiful thing about this band
is that you can do whatever the
fuck you want and that’s the whole
point of the music because all of the
restrictions and labeling kills it in a
way,” Gelotte summarizes. “This
time around we had the Howard filter
to come in and give us a new perspective
on how we could approach
these songs, but ultimately what it
comes down to is very simple: Is it
good or is it bad? If it’s something
that all of us can stand behind and
be proud of then we know that it’s an
IN FLAMES song.”


01. Drained
02. The End
03. Like Sand
04. The Truth
05. In My Room
06. Before I Fall
07. Through My Eyes
08. Battles
09. Here Until Forever
10. Underneath My Skin
11. Wallflower
12. Save Me
13. Greatest Greed (Bonus Track)
14. Us Against The World (Bonus Track)