First Reaction: In Flames – “Siren Charms”
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:38:39
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On album number eleven, In Flames once again ignite a revolution.
Siren Charms, out September 9, sees the Swedish metal juggernaut build its boldest, ballsiest, and most brilliant musical statement to date. Their best work since Colony, Siren Charms resounds with the revolutionary melodic thrash of Whoracle as well as the experimental ethers of Reroute to Remain. In other words, it’s an epic every metal fan should partake in. That’s just our First Reaction to this masterwork.
“In Plain View” kicks off with an ominous swell before Björn Gelotte and Niclas Engelin’s torrential guitars pull the tides into a rhythmic wave from bassist Peter Iwers and Daniel Svensson. Anders Fridén sounds simultaneously haunted and hypnotic on the verse before screaming out an intense and invigorating hook wrapped in six-string bombast. Next up, “Everything Is Gone” begins with a tinning clank a la Dimebag Darrell before dropping into a chugging and thudding groove punctuated by Anders’s own vocal spell. The dual guitars of Björn and Niclas make for a succinct and slippery from of shred unlike anything out there. Suffice to say, they’ve evolved into a formidable team. It’s the neck-snapping break riff that helps make “Through Oblivion” so orchestral and engrossing. Meanwhile, the first official single “Rusted Nail” sees In Flames perfect their ever-present amalgam of melody and metal into something that’s utterly transcendent and irrefutably tight.
Everything leads up to the slick and soaring “Filtered Truth”. The slow cymbal band entwines with another big riff before snapping into one of the album’s (and the band’s) biggest hooks. This deep into their career, In Flames not only perfect the style they pioneered but still manage to hone their songwriting craft tightening it in the process to its most masterful yet.
Get ready for another revolution from In Flames when Siren Charms hits September 9. You can pre-order it now at iTunes.
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