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.