In Flames Taking a Year Off to Work on a New Record

Guitarist Bjorn Gelotte confirms that Swedish metallers will be taking a one-year break to record new material.

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Guitarist Bjorn Gelotte of Swedish metal five-piece In Flames has recently announced that the band will be taking a year off in order to focus on making new material.

During an interview with KQXR 100.3 the X Rocks, Gelotte said that although he is somewhat sad to take a year off the road, he is more that excited to start working on some new songs.

"[This is] the last 30 minutes for a year," the guitarist said. "We have to do another record, well, don't have to, it sounds like [I'm being punished], but I really enjoy that process. It kind of sucks a bit because I really like touring here, have a lot of friends over here and there's a lot of people coming out to the shows.

"It's gonna be sad to go home, but we know we're going to be back and do it the next, I don't know, 25 years."

Gellote then switched to discuss the band's inability to write on the road, saying, "We're lazy, which means that we don't really work on the road. I think it's two different worlds."

The latest In Flames release, "Sounds of a Playground Fading," came out in June 2011 via Century Media Records as the group's tenth studio effort. It debuted at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart, fetching relatively positive reviews from both the fans and the critics.

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    Well, I hope his creativity is Bjorn again in the studio..... I do have serious high hopes however, cause In Flames are outstanding
    I really hope that Bjorn will use the time to go back and listen to the Jester Race-Clayman period and let it influence the songwriting process, as well as for the mixing and engineering. I'm not talking about influence as in trying to copy their old efforts just to please the nostalgics, but as in trying to remember what it was that made their golden years so special with the energy and the creativity, and finding the spark that made this possible and trying to put it into their future music. I still think that Sounds of a Playground Fading was an overall good album with some great songs such as the title track, The Puzzle and A New Dawn. But on the other hand, I think that they have the potential to do so much more.
    Why do you say that? We're only talking about one of the best, most influential melodeath bands the world has ever seen.
    Face R1pper
    Where's the melodeath?
    Is this a "Where's the beef?" Wendy's reference or critiquing In Flames? If the former, poor joke. If the latter, just kinda all over their style of music.
    Face R1pper
    If you can give me a link I'm willing to listen. But I haven't heard any melodeath from In Flames since Colony.
    In Flames are legendary. Good luck to them this year I really hope to see them again, this time in the UK!
    "but we know we're going to be back and do it the next, I don't know, 25 years" So basically, in 25 years from now they'll be still playing metalcore-infested music? how promising!
    I saw them in March and it was such a wicked show, it really got me back into the band. Totally pumped for a new album.
    They haven't been melodeath since Colony. Clayman was good but I wouldn't call it melodeath. And it is hardly In Flames without Jesper to be honest...Though with Jesper gone, maybe we'll get more Dimension Zero material
    They are one of the most musicaly evolved bands ive ever listened to.We all love the jester race through Colony/clayman era and it continues to be some of their greatest work to date,but thats the thing it is a bygone era as they were different people back then as well,I have no doubts they will deliver the awesomeness worth waiting for. In Flames we trust.