In Flames
A Sense of Purpose
Style: Melodic Death Metal
Release date: April 4th 2008

In Flames is one the strongest live bands on the planet, a fact they have proved over and over on the biggest metal stages, and their melodic death metal appeals to a very broad metal audience. They belong in the absolute elite in melodic death metal, and each and every studio album shows a mature and strong unit that just gets better and better.

'A Sense of Purpose' picks up where 'Come Clarity' left us, just a notch more complete, more mature and better! They have somehow found a way to refine their style and grow as a band within the confines of the typical In Flames sound. This is still unmistakable In Flames even though Anders Friden has cut back on the growling parts, the aggressive and groovy guitar work is nicely combined with great harmonies and the rhythm section is very tight.

There is plenty of room for experiments and melody on 'A Sense of Purpose', and one song stands out and captures the essence of it all in one song; "The Chosen Pessimist", a song that has classic written all over it, and it shows just how much In Flames have progressed over the years. The remaining eleven songs are more traditional In Flames songs with no weak points at all.


01. The Mirror's Truth
02. Disconnected
03. Sleepless Again
04. Alias
05. I'm the Highway
06. Delight and Angers
07. Move Through Me
08. The Chosen Pessimist
09. Sober and Irrelevant
10. Drenched in Fear
11. Condemned
12. March to the Shore
Label: Nuclear Blast GmbH
Distribution: VME (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: April 12th 2008