It took me a long while to get into this album,being a fan of In Flames for many years before this i was initially dissapointed.
Re-Route To Remain says it all really,maybe feeling that they had to change to get more commercial sucess,we know their label said that they would sell more cd's if they sang rather than growled and World of Promises (extra track on Clayman)showed us a little of what that would be like and worrying for me too.
So they have changed...alot...In Flames opened many eyes with their earlier releases,complex harmony guitars and some catchy tunes whilst remaining in lowered tuning and keeping it nice and heavy and mouthwatering almost Maidenesque in places.They were up tempo and had some amazing classical pieces thrown to the mix...And now this.
It's been stripped down to the raw much more proper singing and gone are the major harmony guitar parts that appealed greatly to people like me,it's mainly chords and harmonius vocals this time around.
It's still a heavy album and no doubt will bring them more sucess and mass appeal,it does have some really good songs on it but alot of people i spoke to at gigs prefere the old In Flames to this and i must confess so do i.
It's a good album and i can highly recomend it if u like heavy and catchy tunes,but to me and many others it's just not the In Flames we know and came to love.But as i said earlier the title says it all.