In Flames “I, The Mask”

There was a time, probably around the time Reroute To Remain was released, where In Flames were considered one of the greats. A fresh take on the progressive element in metal, aimed at taking the genre to new heights. But instead of pushing the envelope further, it feels as if the band slowly scaled it back with each subsequent release. Surely, the soaring melodies and the dialed in approach seems entirely strategic, but the over the top, formulaic approach to the craft is distinctly noticeable. It may translate well to the roaring crowds in the European festivals, but the clubs and those of us looking for new albums to get through morning commutes and workouts won’t find multiple spins with this one.

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