Sound — 10
Bjorn and Jesper have the best and heaviest guitar tone of anyone I know. There are only a few that even come close. They sound great on this record. Absolutely astounding. One of the things that makes me like the In Flames guitaring is the fact that sometimes if you listen hard enough, you can hear the pick attack when the strings are plucked. It is like Kill 'Em All, it sounds like that sometimes. Anders is a pretty good lead vocalist and has a convincing and kind of scary growl. The drumming seems to be almost improv but Daniel is good enough he can do that.
Lyrics — 10
In Flames lyrics seem almost cryptic in meaning. I trust that Anders is pretty well-read because I sometimes have trouble figuring out what message he is trying to convey by what he says. I bought the deluxe edition which includes two extra tracks. The first one sounds like normal IF but the second one sounds much different. It sounds sort of muffled and the vocals are different. However this is one of the best tracks on the album.
Overall Impression — 10
I would say that if you are a melodic death metal connoseur, or however you spell it, you probably will want to investigate this one but if you are not, then you would probably want to take a look at Reroute to Remain. I recommend this CD only for those of you who are brave enough and metal enough to face underground hardcore. The utter presence that one feels by listening to this band is astounding. This album will surprise you in many ways if you get it. Top tracks: Swim, World of Promises, Bullet Ride, Clayman.