Foregone, the furious 14th studio album from In Flames, combines the greatest aggressive, metallic, and melodic strengths of their landmark records with the seasoned songwriting of their postmodern era.
As New Wave of Swedish Death Metal architects and innovative purveyors of groove and melody, In Flame's artistry and influence are undeniable. The band represent the best of metal's past, present, and future, and are as vital and more energized today than when they unleashed classics like Come Clarity and Clayman in decades past. The melodic guitars, crushing riffs, catchy choruses, and high-speed tempos that define much of the In Flames catalog are a foregone conclusion on the aptly named new album.
Frontman Anders Fridén states, "Going into the Foregone sessions, we wanted to make a record that was heavily guitar-driven, and that had a strong foundation between the bass and drums. We still approached our songwriting the same way, as we always have, as a juxtaposition between melody and aggression. That's the DNA of our music. From the lyrical end of things, there was no shortage of inspiration to draw from, especially the concept of time."
He continues, "Humanity as a whole was forced to slow down and take breather. In that break, many of us spent time evaluating and reprioritizing. Time is a constant, but what do we do with it and how we perceive it varies. Especially now looking at where the world seems to be headed faster than ever before." Fridén finishes, "It's crazy that after everything we are still here and on our fourteenth album. I feel that we've found a great balance between the past, the present and the future with Foregone. This is a new era of In Flames!"
In Flames are one of the biggest metal bands in the world who never shy away from pushing their artistic boundaries, crafting music that's as catchy as it is crushing. Formed in 1990, the band are considered one of the forefathers of melodic death metal and the purveyors of the "Gothenburg sound." With 13 studio albums under their belt, countless successful tours around the globe playing with the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest, and Slayer, In Flames have proven to be an unstoppable force. From their 1994 debut Lunar Strain onwards, the band's intricate twin guitar attack, melodic vocals, and superb arrangements have given them a signature sound that has evolved throughout the years.