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  • This isn’t In Flames’ best work. That goes to the amazing The Jester Race album. Anyway, this isn’t about The Jester Race. This is about Reroute To Remain. Let’s talk about the singing first. Anders’ voice isn’t as deep as it was on The Jester Race or Whoracle. It’s more like Clayman except he doesn’t sing real low like a whisper like he did on Clayman. When he isn’t screaming or shouting(most of the album is like this) he tries to sing. He isn’t that good but it fits the music really well. Gives it a folk sounding feel. In Flames has always had folk elements in their music so there is no point in complaining about this people. I wouldn’t say they are still melodic death metal but they are, without a doubt, still metal. I don’t worry about genres that much but if i had to put them into a section of music, I would call them melodic heavy metal.The riffs on the cd are excellent. They may not be super complicated but they are very heavy and real written. I don’t play guitar and don’t know much about it so I’m not going to start saying that I can do better because I can’t. And i doubt many of you out there who bash this album could to because i don’t think most music fans are guitar gods. There are lots of counter melodies played along with the standard riffs but you really have to listen to them at first because the production on this cd is really bad(not to the point of it being incoherent though). There are some solos on here but not as much as their earlier releases. But this isn’t too big of a problems because, on a whole, In Flames’ music has not been about solos. Take the songs for what they are and rock out to them. Not every song has to have a minute long guitar solo. As long as the songs are good, everything is fine. Solos are only good if they need to be in the song, if it calls for it, otherwise they just sound out of place. This cd is really bass heavy and it’s finally great to hear the bass player. Awesome stuff. The drumming is pure genius. It’s just as good as the drumming on whoracle, if not better. You can tell technique is focused on the drums instead of just trying to see how many double bass beats you can do in one minute. This album is also so fun to listen to. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such an addictive, catchy album in all my life. There is a very experimental song on here and it does have a slight country feel to it but it’s not a country song and it’s very good. It breaks up the tone of the album and introduces something fresh. The whole album has it’s own sound though I don’t see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.So, do not complain about this not being the jester race. There is no point in them making a jester race two or jester race: rematch. If you want to hear the jester race, then put the jester race in your cd player and listen to that!!!UP THE IRONS!!!

    Posted on January 30, 2010