I absolutely love the new In Flames album. The first listen I was a bit disappointed, it just didn’t sound like what I had expected. HOWEVER, after a 2nd a 3rd listen, the album really began to grow on me.
Their sound is incredibly advanced and refined for this album. After a couple listens, their last few albums began to sound stale and one-dimensional. Their old old stuff (colony, whoracle, etc) is still fantastic, but this is a different beast. There is just so much energy in their music, it is truly incredible.
I love how each new album they put out is completely different from the last. I love the surprise of the new sound they continue to come up with, yet it still remains easily distinguishable as the In Flames sound. In Flames is a band that truly progresses in each successive album, and I totally respect that. Bands that never change eventually die out. People like to be surprised. That is why people like In Flames.
Also, In Flames continues to put on one of the best live performances I have seen! If you get a chance to see them live in a small venue, take it!!