I confess to not knowing that much about In Flames. I’ve seen them live, back in 2007 supporting Slayer and Lamb Of God on the Unholy Alliance tour and found them to be ok but certainly nothing to make me seek out more from them. That’s just opinion on my part and I am aware that they released some music that our heavy brethren have found distasteful. For this review, I am ignoring what has gone before and just reacting to the songs presented here. I’ll let others argue on its place within their back catalogue as they see fit.
Starting with the instrumental The Beginning Of All Things That Will End this reminds of the acoustic intro to Battery which after two or so minutes bangs into the State Of Slow Decay which bangs along at a terrific rate and takes me back to At The Gates. It’s heavy, fast and a strong opening gambit from them. It is almost too close of a ATG clone but then how many riffs can you really make within a given genre of music? There is also a taste of a recurring theme within it when the clean vocals come in, which almost seems like its designed for a sing a long in the live setting. There is something in how the cleans have been recorded, I cannot put my finger on, but it is jarring and takes away from the song.
Meet Your Maker continues with the fast attack and then we get the clean vocals again within the melodic bit and I just can’t get past it. It seems that there is a case of multiple themes they wanted to include in each song, and it left me cold. And so, it continues with each song: Excellent riffs, then clean then growls then clean. Foregone Pt 1 bucks this trend, it just storms out and stomps around and like State it could almost have been taken from Slaughter Of The Soul. Part 2 continues in a slower pace, but again that Gothenburg sound is all over it and then the clean vocals. Ack.
The pace picks back up from The Great Deceiver into In The Dark but the mix of vocal delivery is still there which I can’t get past. The style of music here, its aggression should have vocals that match it. By having the clean vocals in there is reduces its sonic impact. But that is just my opinion and I assume that there is an audience for this. It just isn’t me. 6/10
For fans of Alcest, Agalloch and Deafhaven, Fugit is a one man post black metal project from Italy. That one man is Andrea Milan who played all instruments, wrote all the songs, mixed, mastered and even did the artwork, he is also the vocalist (of course) with C.C providing ethereal female vocals on four tracks.