Break out the balloons – it’s birthday time! No, not just mine (although thank you very much), but Hellfest’s big 1-0, the crossing point into double figures, the decade marker. It’s practically an institution now, not just in France, not just in Europe but across the world with folks coming from every which place to rock n revel. Hellfest is just about the best damn festival out there, so you KNOW this is going to be special.
Century Media Records has licensed the classic back catalogue of the legendary IN FLAMES. All albums come in a luxurious Special Edition Digipak for a special price, all but “Lunar Strain” and “Subterranean” are available on 180gr black vinyl and you can also complete your digital collection.
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
Here comes a review of this years edition of Getaway Rock Festival in Gavle Sweden. The festival was jammed with good music like In Flames, Nashville Pussy, Deep Purple, Behemoth, Testament, System Of A Down, Lamb Of God and Iced Earth. The festival was packed with good people that didn’t seem to mind the constant rain during the first day of the festival. Unfortunately, couldn’t we be there all three days because of a broken camera caused by too much rain and moisture but read about Friday at the festival down below.Read the rest of this entry »
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
For the fourth year in a row, it is once again time for this years edition of Copenhell Festival. The festival is the largest metal/hardrock festival in Denmark and located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. The organizers, Live Nation Denmark, had outdone themselves this year and booked more bands than ever. They had also branched out music-wise and this year was not only dedicated to the more extreme forms of metal but also to traditional metal. The bands that performed included: In Flames, Ghost, Accept, Sabaton, Testament, and the Danish metal legend King Diamond who’s show closed the festival at Saturday night. Read about the great festival below. Read the rest of this entry »
CEREMONIAL OATH, the late ’80s/early ’90s Swedish extreme metal band whose members went on to create or join such acclaimed acts as IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL and TIAMAT, has inked a deal with Century Media Records for the re-release of the majority of its catalog, up to and including the 1993 CD “The Book Of Truth”. A tentative late December release date is expected.
As previously reported, CEREMONIAL OATH will reunite for an appearance at the inaugural edition of The Gothenburg Sound festival, set to take place January 5-6, 2013 at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Formed in 1988 under the name DESECRATOR, CEREMONIAL OATH released three demos, one EP and two full-length albums before calling it quits in 1995. The band’s former members include such internationally recognized names as Anders Fridén (IN FLAMES), Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL), Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES) and Anders Iwers (TIAMAT).
IN FLAMES has been added to Canadian music festivals Heavy TO and Heavy MTL. The shows will be taking place on August 11 and 12, and links with more information on each festival are listed below. The band exclaims, “We are super excited be able to play Heavy MTL and Heavy TO, our only North American shows this summer! Come check out the amazing line up at these great festivals.”
The band has sold over 2.5 million records over the past few years, with their latest, Sounds Of A Playground Fading, debuting at #27 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts in the US and #1 on the German album charts. The music video for “Where The Dead Ships Dwell” off of that album, can be seen here: http://youtu.be/ylfn0o66jwM
Things keep getting more exciting for IN FLAMES. The band’s newest release Sounds Of A Playground Fading was just certified Gold in their native home of Sweden, the band is currently on a highly successful tour with Trivium, Ghost, Rise To Remain and Insense, and now IN FLAMES has been confirmed for Germany’s prestigious Wacken Open Air 2012!
“We are happy to announce that we will headline the Friday night at Wacken 2012. It’s gonna be great. Expect loads of pyros, loads of good music and five beer drinking heavy metal guys on stage.”
Before playing a massive show in Gothenburg’s Scandinavium IN FLAMES invited Trivium’s Matt Heafy for a dinner at 2112, the restaurant of bassist Peter Iwers and guitarist Björn Gelotte. Check out an entertaining clip here and see what Matt Heafy (vocals/guitar) from Trivium and Anders Fridén (vocals) from IN FLAMES thought about the food and drinks – apart from some other fun stories.
Next on their agenda will be the UK (with Trivium taking over headlining duties) on the Metal Hammer Defenders Of The Faith-tour.
After a short break around Christmas IN FLAMES will tour North America with Trivium, Veil Of Maya and Kyng in early 2012 before heading for Australia’s prestigious Soundwave Festival tour. For April/May 2012 they have announced a very exclusive Scandinavian club tour as a special treat for their supportive Scandinavian fans.
Today, Sweden’s own IN FLAMES unleashes the digital single for their track “Where The Dead Ships Dwell”. The digital single includes not only the original song from the most recent album, Sounds Of A Playground Fading – which debuted at #27 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts and topped international charts – but also features three extremely diverse remixes of the song.
With versions by German rapper CASPER, drum and bass act THE QEMISTS and KRISTOF BATHORY, vocalist of the black metal band DAWN OF ASHES, there should be something everyone can enjoy. “The songs have already been made and the originals are as good as they can be, but what if I give them to an artist from a whole different genre, what would be there take on it?” Says IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén. “I love collaborations like this and all the artists we worked with have done an awesome job. It’s not meant to be taken dead serious and it’s not how In Flames is gonna sound next, but I love it and I hope you’ll enjoy a twist to the formula.”
A preview including snippets from all of the remixes can be heard here.
The music video for “Where The Dead Ships Dwell” was recently released and can be seen here. IN FLAMES also just announced a North American tour with TRIVIUM, VEIL OF MAYA and KYNG. A full list of dates can be seen below.
Highly praised metal act IN FLAMES will kick off the New Year with a headlining North American tour. Presented by Full Metal Jackie, IN FLAMES will be joined by notable metal acts TRIVIUM, VEIL OF MAYA and KYNG. Lasting for a little over a month, the tour kicks off January 12th in Milwaukee, WI and will wrap back around to complete on February 21st in Chicago, IL. A full list of dates can be seen below.
IN FLAMES comments, “In Flames strikes back!!! After a nice but curtailed summer mayhem, we will return to American soil with full force. Expect riffs, sweat and beers so tasty that you’re ready to give up everything and move to Gothenburg. Just to have another fix…”
Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM adds, “Trivium can’t wait to get out again on the road with In Flames. They are one of our all time favorite bands and together we plan on giving our best shows to the fans.”
IN FLAMES ‘ new album Sounds Of A Playground Fading was released on June 15th via Century Media Records and debuted at an impressive #27 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts selling 13,842 copies in its first week. As said by Music Connection Magazine, “Infusing metal harmonies with melodic breakdowns has never sounded sweeter.” The music video for “Where The Dead Ships Dwell” from the album Sounds Of A Playground Fading can be seen here.
It is with huge regret that today with immediate effect In Flames must cancel their current US shows as part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and their own US Headline shows. But due to a serious terminal illness of one the band’s immediate family members they feel they have no option.
We have had the most amazing and fun times as part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and we are truly grateful for all the support the whole festival has shown
We will be back at the start of 2012.
Once again our apologies
See below for all remaining tour dates featuring Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, Trivium, Suicide Silence, Unearth, All Shall Perish, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Straight Line Stitch, and Red Fang
LoudTrax.com recently interviewed In Flames guitarist, songwriter Björn Gelotte from his home in Gothenburg, Sweden. Check out the interview HERE.
Below are some quotes from the interview:
On Jesper leaving:
“The band wrote all the music together before, so with Jesper out of the picture, we had to rethink a little bit what we were doing. I was never worried though as the band has been writing the music together for 15 years.”
“Jesper never considered himself a great live guitar player. He was more a great songwriter. Niclas is a really great guitar player, so in that sense, it’s a sort of an upgrade.”
On Century Media and the band’s rules:
“We’ve always been very strict with the labels that when it comes to the music, it’s only the band that decides what we want to do. We play those songs 1000 times and we want songs that we like so we can play them with excitement each time! Century Media was very cool with that and they have been very flexible and looking into new ways to getting the music out there.”
On growing up and influences:
“My dad is a metal head and introduced me to some cool bands. Somewhere in Time was such an important album with the use of keyboards that not many metal bands had used before then. It was a huge influence on us and our sound
On interacting with the fans:
“…today you need to have more, you need to be in touch with your fans and have partners that are willing to try new ideas and Century Media is cool that way.”
Here’s some additional info about IN FLAMES’ upcoming album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” including behind the scene impression and first international media feedback from a listening session in their own IF Studios.
“Sounds Of A Playground Fading” is due on the following dates:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / NORWAY: Friday, June 17, 2011.
UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, June 20, 2011.
SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, June 21, 2011.
NORTH AMERICA: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, June 24, 2011.
“Sounds Of A Playground Fading” was recorded in the band’s own IF Studios together with producer Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo. Around the time of its release IN FLAMES will play some of the most important European summer festivals (Sonisphere, Nova Rock, Hellfest and many more), followed by the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour throughout North America in July and a European tour in the fall/winter 2011.
With little more than a month away from the release of ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’ on June 21st, IN FLAMES have released their 3rd webisode showing the band hard at work inside IF Studios with producer Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Orjan Ornkloo. Click the following link to see what it’s like to be inside the studio with IN FLAMES.
IN FLAMES and Century Media Records have put together the following packages for ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading':
Standard CD Jewelcase
Deluxe Package including a digipack with bonus DVD and a t-shirt rebate.
2 LP Gatefold, 180gr Vinyl
IN FLAMES "Sounds Of A Playground Fading"
Also, available exclusively at CMDistro.com, IN FLAMES have created a limited edition CD+DVD set that includes a pop-up feature and 32-page deluxe booklet.
IN FLAMES released their 1st digital single, “Deliver Us”, on Tuesday to a huge demand from fans who were excited to get their first taste of ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’. The song is now available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 and everywhere MP3s are sold. After purchasing the song, fans are encouraged to show their support by adding an IN FLAMES badge to their facebook profile picture.