In the time since their 1994 debut effort Lunar Strain through to 2011’s Sounds Of A Playground Fading, Swedish melodic heavy metal band In Flames have become one of the biggest names in the world of heavy metal.
With more than a combined 2.5 million records sold worldwide, In Flames make their Atlantic Canadian debut Friday night at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton.
Their career to date has indeed been an impressive one. Aside from key song placements in the Guitar Hero video game series, the group has supported the likes of heavy metal legends Megadeth on tour while breaking show attendance records in their native Sweden.
If there is one genre of music that has seen its bands benefit from the loyalty of their fans, it is heavy metal.
In Flames vocalist Anders Friden was a devoted metal fan himself while growing up.
“For me, it was Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The Scorpion and Accept that really turned me into a fan of heavy metal,” he told the Times & Transcript from a tour stop in Michigan earlier this week. “Then I moved into speed metal, thrash and death metal. We like to say that In Flames incorporates all of those elements into our music.”
Asked why he believes that heavy metal fans stay so well connected and so loyal to their favourite groups, Friden says that he believes that heavy metal is the music of the common man in many ways.
“I think any fan of heavy metal can see the honesty and sincerity that goes into the music itself. To many people, heavy metal bands are just regular people that end up inspiring others to want to learn how to make music as well. There is something very real and very organic about the world of heavy metal that ultimately speaks to people on a greater level.”
Friden says that following up the group’s latest record, 2011’s Sounds Of A Playground Failing, is on the group’s radar. Before recording begins however Friden says that the band must first complete their touring commitments, currently scheduled to wrap up in August of this year.
“We will be heading back into the studio at the end of the year with the intention of releasing the record in the summer of 2014,” he says.
Asked if the group has a wealth of material waiting to be recording, Friden laughs and says they have nothing written thus far. While some groups are able to pen new material while on tour, Friden says that he and his band mates prefer completely extracting themselves from the touring cycle before they settle down to work on new songs.
“Getting away from the road before starting to write new material is something that we have always done,” he explains. “It plays a big part in why each of our records sounds a little different from one another. Any band is inevitably going to pick up new influences in the time between albums. Capturing the band where we are at when we make a record is a great snap shot of who we were at that point in time. It also helps us to avoid making the same sounding record over and over again.”
Article published in the March 1, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript