In Flames Won't Fall Into Queensryche Trap

In Flames front-man Anders Friden says that the evolution of the band means they never want to try to replicate anything they've done before.

In Flames Won't Fall Into Queensryche Trap
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In Flames frontman Anders Friden has warned his fans they will NEVER try and replicate any of their old albums or try and make a Part II of any of their previous work. Friden also pointed to one of his own personal favourite bands for an example of when trying to follow on an original classic ends in disaster. He told RockAAA: "We don't sound the same as we did in the early days. Our essence is still the same within our hearts. We do still try to write the best possible In Flames songs and we had that vision when we started and we blend metal and aggression." "but we are not the same people as we were when we started. we never want to do the same album twice. i love what we did in the early days but those albums should not be repeated because that would be a disaster." "We can't write the 'Jester Race' part two as that would sound terrible. It wouldn't do justice to that album. For me one of the best metal band's ever is Queensyche and their 'Operation MindCrime' is one of my favourite albums. But part two not really. You shouldn't do that and we will never do a part two of anything." On the subject of breaking into new territories Friden also insisted while keen to earn new fans it wasn't something which particularly troubled him. He added: "I love people to listen to our music. We've been touring in the UK a long time but we haven't done so many of our own tours as we've done a few with other people. I think our music should be heard by more people in the UK definitely." "Especially looking at all the American bands who go down so well over there, they should definitely lend an ear to In Flames." "If it happens it happens but it is not something which keeps me up at night." Thanks for the report to RockAAA.com.

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    Metallichemical
    How about this. All In Flames is great, and I wouldn't want them to recreate their old sound either.
    strat0blaster
    Good for them. If people want to hear the Jester Race, they should put it on and listen to it. Expecting a band to make an album identical to another is stupid, and any artist would agree if they're doing it for the art of it. I've liked every album In Flames has done, and I hope they never stop taking risks and progressing.
    Offworld92
    While I think they're latest albums have been rather... lackluster, I really do enjoy their outlook on it. Always better to fail at something new, than to fail harder trying to recreate something old, IMO.
    im not mental
    well, i liked their latest album better than their STYE-ASOP era, so as long as they remain focused at what they do i'll respect it.
    Vrstone87
    General consensus between most In Flames fans I know is this....old In Flames pwns, but everything after Reroute to Remain is too poppy and has gone further and further downhill ever since....
    Korgull
    I was about to laugh, I thought they were going to talk about how they're not going to put out an album that's popppy/soft crap like Queensryche just did, despite having doing so for a long while already. BUT! I was surprised.
    dial-a-death
    Offworld92 wrote: While I think they're latest albums have been rather... lackluster, I really do enjoy their outlook on it. Always better to fail at something new, than to fail harder trying to recreate something old, IMO.
    Whilst this is true, it remains that they are alienating their old fans, and when I saw them just after ASOP was released, they barely played anything old, apart from about 1 song off of Jester Race. So now I don't want to see them, because they don't play many of the songs I do like by them, and I don't want to buy their new music because it's too much like deathcore or w/e the genre's called, it's not melodic death metal, and as such they are losing their old fan base. At least Metallica had the decency to go back to their older style with DM, even if it wasn't fantastic it was the best they'd released since the Black album, and a step more towards what their fands want to hear. If you take bands like Sodom, their sound has evolved a lot but still sounds unmistakeably like Sodom, and is good. Comparing even Clayman/ R2R to ASOP/ SOAPF, you can barely tell it's the same band.
    Metalxorxdie
    Vrstone87 wrote: General consensus between most In Flames fans I know is this....old In Flames pwns, but everything after Reroute to Remain is too poppy and has gone further and further downhill ever since....
    NOTHING will compare to the old In Flames....I dont mind the newer stuff (say the last few albums) but they are nothing compared to their days with Jester Race, Whoreacle, etc.
    District
    dial-a-death wrote: Comparing even Clayman/ R2R to ASOP/ SOAPF, you can barely tell it's the same band.
    Bearing this in mind, they DID fall into the Queensrche trap. Comparing even O:M/RFO to Q2K/DtC, you can barely tell it's the same band. The alienated a lot of their fans too.
    InFlamesForLife
    I loved SoaPF, but there is no doubt that the old stuff is much, much better. People say that newer In Flames is completely shit, but that's just not true. It's different, that can't be denied, but it's a massive way off being shit. The Jester Race is my favourite album followed closely by Clayman, and that was easily the golden era of In Flames, but none of the newer stuff is shit by a long way.