IN FLAMES singer Anders Fridén believes the ALICE IN CHAINS LP “Dirt” Is the “best album ever”
Speaking with Finland’s Chaoszine, IN FLAMES singer Anders Fridén was asked to name his “most important idol or role model”. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I have a few. Layne [Staley] from ALICE IN CHAINS was a huge lyrical inspiration, and ALICE IN CHAINS is one of my top bands ever.
“‘Dirt’ is probably the best album that ever was… I really admire Trent Reznor and what he’s done, and his work with Atticus [Ross] now; they write a lot of soundtracks, stuff like that. Martin Gore of DEPECHE MODE. My God, there are so many out there, artists that I really look up to. A person like David Bowie, what he did and how he treated his art and what he’d done with his career. And he passed away way too early. But there’s a lot of them.”
IN FLAMES previously released a covers EP back in 2017 called , “Down, Wicked & No Good” which featured the band covering such tracks asDEPECHE MODE‘s “It’s No Good”, ALICE IN CHAINS‘ “Down In A Hole” and Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game”.
IN FLAMES unveiled their latest album, titled “Foregone,” which arrived in February via Nuclear Blast. In a press release, the LP is described as a powerful fusion of the band’s aggressive, metallic, and melodic strengths showcased in their landmark records, combined with the seasoned songwriting of their postmodern era.
“Foregone” marks the second IN FLAMES album featuring now former bassist Bryce Paul and drummer Tanner Wayne, the first with former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick, and the third with acclaimed Grammy-winning producer Howard Benson, known for his work with notable acts such as MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and THREE DAYS GRACE. The album’s engineering was handled by Mike Plotnikoff, recognized for his contributions to bands like ALL THAT REMAINS and WARBRINGER, at Benson‘s esteemed West Valley Recording Studios. Joe Rickard, who previously served as IN FLAMES‘ drummer from 2016 to 2019, took charge of the mixing duties.
The release of “Foregone” showcases IN FLAMES‘ continued evolution and commitment to delivering powerful, impactful metal music. With the inclusion of Chris Broderick‘s exceptional guitar skills, the band adds a new dynamic to their sound, complementing their established musical identity. Collaborating with producer Howard Benson has allowed IN FLAMES to refine their songwriting and explore new creative territories, while Mike Plotnikoff‘s expertise in engineering ensures a polished and immersive sonic experience.
IN FLAMES‘ ability to attract renowned talents like Chris Broderick and Howard Benson speaks to their reputation as a significant force in the metal scene. The band’s dedication to pushing boundaries and embracing new artistic directions has solidified their status as one of the genre’s most influential acts. “Foregone” stands as a testament to their enduring presence and unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality metal music.
With Joe Rickard‘s involvement in the mixing process, “Foregone” benefits from his experience and understanding of the band’s sonic vision. Rickard‘s previous work with acclaimed bands like 10 YEARS, STARSET, and DIAMANTE contributes to the album’s overall cohesiveness and ensures that the final product captures the essence of IN FLAMES‘ sound.
“Foregone” represents a significant milestone in IN FLAMES‘ discography, showcasing their ability to evolve while staying true to their roots. The album’s release via Nuclear Blast, a renowned metal label, further emphasizes the band’s commitment to delivering their music to a passionate and dedicated fanbase.
Fans and metal enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the powerful soundscape of “Foregone,” appreciating the fusion of aggressive, metallic, and melodic elements that have defined IN FLAMES‘ musical journey. The album serves as a testament to the band’s continued relevance and their ability to push the boundaries of their genre, captivating listeners with their unique blend of musical prowess and creative vision.