Angry Metal Primer – In Flames

Over 40 years of metal’s biological urge (and a hefty lack of restraint) has resulted in some incomprehensibly large catalogs. No one should have to listen to anywhere from 13 to 15 [Luca Turilli’s] Rhapsody [of Fire] albums just to get caught up for a new release. So each week (as required and/or able), we’re offering a selection of prime(r)(er) cuts to get you up to speed. Without further ado, welcome to…

“Friends. (Wa)romans. Kvltrymen. I’ve come to bury In Flames, not to praise them. It’s very likely (if we’re lucky) that we’ve seen the last review of the melodeath giants between these hallowed sidebars. It’s for the best. Metaldom’s current views of the once-paragons aren’t as accepting as they are simply trying to ignore the moldy food sprouting dreadlocks in the back of the fridge. But once upon a time, In Flames deserved the Gothenburg crown. They still reign as one of the all-time great gateway bands. The iterative releases of their initial ascendancy before a stunning heel turn is suspiciously reminiscent of the on-going foibles of perhaps the most popular metal band to ever live. Though we’re still waiting on that 11th hour redemption arc, the embers of In Flames simmer on. For those who remember them, for those just discovering them, in memories fond and bittersweet.”

Dr. Wvrm

  • Lunar Strain, 1994
    – “Behind Space”
    – “Dreamscape”
    – “Upon an Oaken Throne”
  • Subterranean EP, 1995
    – “Biosphere”
  • The Jester Race, 1996
    – “Moonshield”
    – “Dead Eternity”
    – “The Jester Race”
    – “December Flower”
  • Black-Ash Inheritance EP, 1997
    – “Acoustic Melody”
  • Whoracle, 1997
    – “Food for the Gods”
    – “Gyroscope”
    – “The Hive”
    – “Morphing into Primal”
  • Colony, 1999
    – “Embody the Invisible”
    – “Ordinary Story”
    – “Coerced Coexistence”
    – “The New World”
  • Clayman, 20001
    – “Pinball Map”
    – “Square Nothing”
    – “Satellites and Astronauts”
    – “Swim”


We’re all about equality at AMG Inc. Our legal department says we have to be, and it keeps the bowels of this place running smoothly. One person gets a playlist, then everyone wants a one, and soon there’s blood in the water cooler. So have it your way, animals. Everyone gets a playlist. An oh so brief playlist. Trust me, it’s for the best. 

  • Steel Druhm
    Heretic – “Whitechapel”
    Agent Steel – “144,000 Gone”
  • Dr. Wvrm
    Xoth – “Melted Face of the Soul”
    Lich King – “A Storm of Swords”
  • Grymm
    The Great Old Ones – “A Thousand Young”
    Schammasch – “Rays Like Razors”
  • Kronos
    Revocation – “No Funeral”
    Circle Takes the Square – “Same Shade as Concrete”
  • El Cuervo
    Sortilege – “Metamorphose”
    Disperse – “Message from Atlantis”
  • Master of Muppets
    Parabelle – “Stumble into the Light”
    Port Noir – “Neon”
  • TheKenWord
    Lacuna Coil – “Under the Surface”
    Aquilus – “In Lands of Ashes”
  • Cherd
    Fugazi – “Bed for the Scraping”
    Stortregn – “Through the Dark Gates
  • Dear Hollow
    Dayum – “Pegasus”
    Esoctrilihum – “Kros Ö Vrth”
  • Holdeneye
    High Command – “The Commander’s Code”
    Eternity’s End – “Necromantic Worship”

Show 1 footnote

  1. We have our own pain threshold for post-2000 In Flames, and I suspect mine is higher than most. However, out of respect for the grieving, Clayman is our line of demarcation between the Hall and the greenback pastures beyond.
« »