In Flames' recent albums have driven its fan base into two distinct camps, with one half crying "go back to the old stuff!" and the other half loving the band's new radio-friendly sound. While it's tough to judge the new album as a whole, "The End" seems like it'll be a push in the latter's direction once more. Though to be fair, the guitar work on "The End" has a lot of harmonies, and the vocals are definitely heavier!
Here's what vocalist Anders Fridén says about the new album, Battles, in an interview with Decibel.
“Guitar driven, melodic… it’s like they know what to expect. It’s not like we’re coming out with something completely different, but at the same time it’s still new. If they already like In Flames, they will like it—and if they don’t like In Flames already, they still might like it. I’m very proud of it and hopefully people will be as well.”
In Flames will be releasing Battles on November 11.