Released: 2016, Nuclear Blast Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
It's been two years since Sweden's In Flames released a studio album. This year they are back with Battles. Since their last album, Siren Charms, they have a roster change, a new drummer, Joe Rickard. They announced that this would be something different from their last album and it is.
The album features 12 songs which different tempos, different heaviness different vocal style. That way you don't know what to expect from the next track coming on your playlist. It features, great solos, heavy riffs, slow steady parts of instrumentals making you just enjoy this peace of music.
The changing vocals of well-known Anders give you an element of surprise on every next part of the song. Once he is screaming, the next moment he is whispering in the microphone, the next time there is a growl. The guitars with sometimes clean, sometimes distorted tones, mix with the headbanging drum rhythm and bass lines. The occasional solos that appear are just a proof of what In Flames can actually do.
The awesome thing about the mixing of the album is the fact that one song might make you punch down the wall next to you, and the next can calm you down in a split second, but then the upcoming song raises you up again. There is a very good balance between the aggression and the little calmness in the album.
All in all, In Flames kept their promise of a something new, something different from the last album, but still keeping their tone and their sound, like the famous In Flames sounds!
Review by Kire Jovanovski