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A Sense Of Purpose - In Flames

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Death Metal / Artist: In Flames / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2008-04-07 at Nuclear Blast

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      09.09.2008 02:10
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      Not ground-breaking, but a very listenable effort from In Flames.

      As any fan of In Flames would know, they've certainly deviated a lot from their original music in recent years. Whereas their first albums were "true" melodic death metal, the later few have much more of a commercial and accessible sound to them. "A Sense of Purpose" certainly continues this trend. Kicking off with "The Mirror's Truth," this song is mostly clean cut and has a very catchy chorus. In fact, "A Sense of Purpose" has definite similarities with Soilwork's latest effort, "Sworn to a Great Divide." This is very chorus-centered metal that follows a very mainstream approach but in my opinion can let the rest of the song suffer as a result.

      However, this is quite a strong album overall. Slower paced than previous In Flames albums, it still manages to keeps you entertained for the majority of the time and only has a few duds towards the end with "Sober and Irrelevant" and particularly "March to the Shore" that fail to grab your attention. Highlights of the album include "Alias" and "Drenched in Fear," both having such ridiculously addictive choruses that I couldn't keep them out of my head for the first few days of listening.

      There are some uninspired moments such as "Delight and Angers" sounding like a similar but weaker version of "The Mirror's Truth," and the intro to "The Chosen Pessimist" being practically identical to the latter half of "Touch of Red" from "Soundtrack to Your Escape". But this track continues with a very new approach, creating one of the slowest and longest In Flames songs ever made, with a melancholic and angst-ridden feel. As it progresses it becomes quite powerful and Anders Friden the vocalist has certainly put a lot of passion into it.

      The sound of "A Sense of Purpose" is very similar to that of the past two albums, particularly "Soundtrack to your Escape." Generally speaking, this is an enjoyable and memorable album, although it's really just more of the same and hardly ground-breaking.

      Track List:

      1. The Mirror's Truth
      2. Disconnected
      3. Sleepless Again
      4. Alias
      5. I'm the Highway
      6. Delight and Angers
      7. Move Through Me
      8. The Chosen Pessimist
      9. Sober and Irrelevant
      10. Condemned
      11. Drenched in Fear
      12. March to the Shore

      Written and submitted by me on www.musiccouch.com

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      06.08.2008 23:41
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      Their ninth studio album, and In Flames is still on the move!

      First off in this album fans will not be expecting anything like Clayman, but in their ninth album it's more of a mix from Come Clarity, and Reroute to Remain which ends up being a pretty refreshing turnout. A lot of old school In Flames fans don't appreciate the new taste or style that In Flames has developed.
      This album travels steady at a moderate tempo, but the tracks all differ in different harmonies provided by both guitarists which is really neat. Also another noticeable feature in this album is the keyboard synthesizers used which gives the complete sound in tracks such as The Mirror's Truth, and March To The Shore. This album does have shorter run times as usual, but there is still a lot of high strong energy from In Flames just like listening to the old albums, even though they have changed. There is only one track really that does bother me while listening to this album, and it would have to be the Chosen the Pessimist. An eight minute track that just doesn't fit their style at all, and I don't know what they were thinking. Put that beside though, and you have a pretty good metal album.

      Track List:

      1. The Mirror's Truth
      2. Disconnected
      3. Sleepless Again
      4. Alias
      5. I'm the Highway
      6. Delight and Angers
      7. Move Through Me
      8. The Chosen Pessimist
      9. Sober and Irrelevant
      10. Condemned
      11. Drenched in Fear
      12. March to the Shore

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        29.07.2008 22:16
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        In Flames' ninth album (2008).

        In Flames aren't going to surprise anyone with their latest album, unless fans had been yearning in vain for a return to the sound of the olden days. The strain of melodic death metal present in the previous 'Soundtrack to Your Escape' and 'Come Clarity' is furthered here, and every aspect of the album, from its artwork to the angst-ridden lyrics and Ander Friden's vocal performance, seem reminiscent of a melodeath version of Korn.

        The songs here are all largely the same, making this far from exciting or novel. To its credit, it doesn't try too hard to be needlessly angry or cross over into metalcore territory, but even the attempts to diversify with something of a post-metal crescendo in the long 'The Chosen Pessimist' or the acoustic guitar in 'Alias' fail to really impress, betraying the fact that the band has been going for some time now, and should have perfected its sound rather than witnessed its gradual decline.

        1. The Mirror's Truth
        2. Disconnected
        3. Sleepless Again
        4. Alias
        5. I'm the Highway
        6. Delight and Angers
        7. Move Through Me
        8. The Chosen Pessimist
        9. Sober and Irrelevant
        10. Condemned
        11. Drenched in Fear
        12. March to the Shore

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 The Mirror's Truth b Disconnected
      2 Sleepless Again
      3 Alias
      4 I'm the Highway
      5 Delight and Angers
      6 Move Through Me
      7 The Chosen Pessimist
      8 Sober and Irrelevant
      9 Condemned
      10 Drenched In Fear
      11 March To The Shore