In Flames: Anders Friden (vocals); Bjorn Gelotte, Jesper Stromblad (guitar); Peter Iwers (bass); Daniel Svensson (drums).
Recorded in Denmark.
Sweden's metal scene consistently breathes new life into a style that had long since hit a wall in many other territories. Among the most provocative and original of these acts is In Flames. The brainchild of vocalist Anders Friden and guitarist Jesper Stromblad, In Flames began in 1990, crafting a unique direction and, over time, solidifying a lineup of formidable instrumentalists, including longtime member Bjorn Gelotte (who moved from drums to guitar since joining the group).
On SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR ESCAPE, In Flames relentlessly pushes stylistic barriers, incorporating goth, classic thrash, and death-metal elements, resulting in a distinctive blend. The heavy ballad "Evil in a Closet" begins with moody, clean vocals in the verses and unexpectedly blasts into a chorus of brutal death growls. Boasting sinister riffs in the Testament/Slayer vein, "Touch of Red" gives way to an instantly memorable chorus, while "The Quiet Place" stands as the most melodic and accessible track, with potential to expose the band to the masses.