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WLM Reviews: In Flames – Siren Charms

September 23, 2014

In Flames Siren Charms ReviewThe higher you climb, the further you fall. – Unknown

Most would say the best time in melodic death metal was the late 90s and early 2000s’. This also happens to be the best time of Swedish melo legends In Flames. From the inspirational “Lunar Strain” to the trend setting “Whoracle,” you just couldn’t move in the metal world without hearing young bands talk about the shadow of influence In Flames was casting.

For me personally I came late to the game. Having seen them a couple of years back I only really got into their stuff a few months before that and I saw fully why people gravitated to the earlier stuff. The rawness and musicianship on these albums is the best blending of brutality and melody you are ever going to hear.

So why do I keep talking about the past? Well… quite frankly. The past is better. Now that the trends have been set and the sound established it seems In Flames has either decided to start new trends or follow the path of mainstream radio and make some real money for their efforts. Unfortunately on Siren Charms both the new trends and the mainstream paths are walked down in a manner that makes In Flames borderline unrecognisable.

The criticism of Siren Charms has been pretty wide sweeping which makes me go in looking for only the positive to prove the nay sayers wrong. However in this case I am holding my pitchfork and torch while I march to Sweden with the angry mob.

I especially shook my head at “Rusted Nail.” The ballad like territory of the song conflicts so strongly with tracks like the “core” feel of “When The World Explodes,” Siren Charms has an identity crisis much like the band that has created it. I really have nothing redeeming to say. The album is lackluster in it’s approach and feels like it is trying to serve several masters.

The old fans are going to hate the bland attempts at reliving the past while trying to be mainstream, and new fans are going to wonder how this band dares to call themselves Death Metal when the electronic feel is so prevalent from start to finish.  You have to wonder if a veteran band with this kind of pedigree is intentionally trying to piss off their fan base. They had to know the reaction!  Either In Flames is a slave to no one and are maintaining artistic integrity by marching to the beat of their own drum or record execs whip the band till they create the drivel we have all become far to accustom to.

We may love metal, but I don’t love Siren Charms. For shame In Flames, for shame.  That was quite a fall.

4 of 10


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3 Responses to WLM Reviews: In Flames – Siren Charms

  1. Fernando on September 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I definitely wanted to hear what you had to say Martell. After hearing the single, (so bad I forgot the name of it), I couldn’t bare it. What happened to you In Flames!

  2. Martell on September 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Just awful, awful.

  3. Scott on September 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Scathing, very ouch. They better go back to the board.

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