carly. (missxmachine) wrote in thejesterheads,

about the band..

here is the promised community information..

In Flames began when three members of Ceremonial Oath — Jesper Strömblad, Johan Larsson and Glenn Ljungström — quit the band in order to start a musical project of their own. They recorded a short demo which was sent to a few recording labels. The owner of Wrong Again Records thought the band had promise, and soon closed a recording deal with them. From this deal surfaced In Flames' first album - entitled Lunar Strain which relied on aggressive instrumental work, at times combined with acoustic sections. Session vocals for the album were recorded by Mikael Stanne, though soon after he would leave to sing for Dark Tranquillity (having already played guitar for them), with then Dark Tranquillity vocalist Anders Fridén replacing him. The album obtained success on the Swedish underground scene and received positive critics from the specialized press. However, In Flames soon became known to most of Europe with the release of the EP from 1995 Subterranean. The EP attracted the attention of the Nuclear Blast label, which offered them a contract for an European release the same year. A short tour with Kreator followed.

Due to the band's increasing success, Johan Larsson and guitarist Glenn Ljungström — who were already part of other established bands — decided to quit In Flames due to the difficulties of sharing time between different projects. Their last contribution to the band was the album Whoracle, from 1997. Peter Iwers and Niklas Engelin were then invited to accompany In Flames in the joint tour with Dimmu Borgir that followed Whoracle's release. This line-up worked rather well, and by the end of the tour the musicians became permanent members of In Flames. Together they travelled Europe and made the band's first concert outside of Europe, in Japan. However, by the end of that tour, Niklas Engelin quit the band due to musical differences. Drummer Björn Gelotte assumed the guitars and Sacrilige's Daniel Svensson assumed the drums. This line-up recorded Colony, and a partial world tour followed.

2000 saw the release of Clayman. By this time, the band had already become widely known, and played with bands of major recognition such as Dream Theater, Slipknot and Testament. Peter Iwers' first daughter was born, and he temporarily left the band. He was replaced by Dick Löwgren for a year. When he came back to the band, the live album The Tokyo Showdown was recorded. In 2002, Reroute To Remain was the first release of In Flames not produced in the Studio Fredman. This album was the first real experimental album that the band made, introducing extensive use of clean vocals instead of just death vocals, and a great deal more keyboard and electronics than previous albums. Their seventh album, Soundtrack To Your Escape, in 2004, took another step in this direction.

A DVD box set was released in September 2005 entitled Used and Abused... In Live We Trust. The band toured on the 2005 Ozzfest on the main stages and supported Motörhead on its 30th anniversary tour in Autumn 2005. The band sold over 1 million records all over the world before the release of Come Clarity. This album, released in early 2006, is the band's most successful album to date and regarded by many as something of a return to form for the band. Come Clarity has been widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike, particularly many of those that felt the previous two albums to be a major departure. It was on the top of the charts in Sweden and in Finland in its first week of sales. Despite this success, many long time fans have criticized the band and their move towards a more mainstream and commercially accessible sound.

Along with Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork, At The Gates and Sentenced, In Flames are widely thought of as some of the first practitioners, if not inventors of the melodic death metal genre. It is true that Carcass's Heartwork featured some excellent examples of this sub-genre, but In Flames is said to have truly fashioned the genre as it exists today. Advocates of this theory claim that is notable in its best form on songs such as "Episode 666" and "Jotun". In any case, bands such as Arch Enemy name In Flames as a vital influence. It should also be known that In Flames have been disliked by a few for "softening" their music in the recent years. The album "Soundtrack to Your Escape" is a prime example of this. However this move has been welcomed by some others who believe they are expanding their music to include more of their talent, especially Anders Friden's vocals

Current -
Anders Fridén - Vocals (1995-)
Jesper Strömblad - Guitar (1990-)
Björn Gelotte - Guitar (1998-)(Drums from 1995-1998)
Peter Iwers - Bass (1997-)
Daniel Svensson - Drums (1998-)

Mikael Stanne (1993-1994)
Henke Forss (1994-1995)
Joakim Göthberg (1994-1995)

Glenn Ljungström (1990-1997)
Niklas Engelin (touring 1997-1998)
Anders Iwers (1990-1992)
Martin Mathisen (1993-1994)
Carl Näslund (1993-1994)

Johann Larsson (1990-1997)

Anders Jivarp (1995)
Daniel Erlandsson (1995)

August, 1994 - Lunar Strain
June 15, 1995 - Subterranean (EP)
February 20, 1996 - The Jester Race
October 28, 1997 - Black-Ash Inheritance
November 18, 1997 - Whoracle
June 14, 1999 - Colony
July 25, 2000 - Clayman
September 4, 2001 - The Tokyo Showdown (Live)
September 3, 2002 - Reroute to Remain
June 17, 2003 - Trigger (EP)
April 6, 2004 - Soundtrack to Your Escape
February 7, 2006 - Come Clarity

Promo Demo '93 (Demo, 1993)
Cloud Connected (2002)
The Quiet Place (2004)

Used and Abused: In Live We Trust (2 DVD [+ 2 CD] set, 2005)
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