IN FLAMES – “A Sense Of Purpose”
In Flames was formed by Jesper Strömblad back in 1990. The band as it was at the time consisted of Jesper, Johan Larsson and Glenn Ljungström. A demo was recorded and soon after the band got a record deal and released “Lunar Strain” and it did not take long before the album was a classic in the fast growing Scandinavian death metal scene.
With a new line up consisting of Jesper, Johan & Glenn along with two new additions: Anders Fridén on vocals and Björn Gelotte on drums, In Flames signed a license deal with Nuclear Blast Records and soon started recording the follow up: “The Jester Race”.
“The Jester Race” quickly became a big hit all across Europe and Japan.
After the recording of “Whoracle” in 1997 Johan and Glenn decided to leave the band and Peter Iwers (bass) joined. Niklas Engelin (Gardenian, Engel) was temporarily in the band filling in on guitars.
With a fresh line up the band set sails and headed out on tour. Short after a very successful European tour Niklas had to focus on his other projects, and Björn switched from drums to guitar and Daniel Svensson joined the band, and this is the In Flames as we know it today. With the completion of the line up “Colony” was recorded and released in 1999.
“Colony” took In Flames to a new level and the band sold out venues across Europe, USA and Japan and quickly became one of the biggest and most popular Melodic Death Metal acts around.
“Clayman” which was released in 2000 even topped its predecessor and the awards started pouring in and the band kept growing in popularity. In 2001 “The Tokyo Showdown”, In Flames first live album was released, and gave the public and insight to the band’s live competence.
Modern and more mature “Reroute To Remain” (2002) again confirmed the status of In Flames and marked another milestone in their career. Two years later and it was time to take In Flames to a new level. “Soundtrack To Your Escape” did just that and was the logical continuation after “Reroute To Remain”.
In Flames continued to tour the world and documented these escapades, which resulted in the release of the phenomenal DVD/CD package “Used And Abused – In Live We Trust” in 2005.
With an incredibly successful world tour behind them, In Flames recorded the masterpiece “Come Clarity” which was released in March 2006. “Come Clarity” got an amazing reception in the media and has today sold over 400.000 copies worldwide.
The song “Take This Life” from the album is featured on the “Guitar Hero III” game. A game which has been deemed the bestselling video game of all times and has today sold six million copies.
In Flames have sold over 2.3 million albums worldwide to date!!!
In September 2007 In Flames entered IF STUDIOS, in Gothenburg, Sweden, to record what you hold in your hand today. The new album was Recorded and produced by the band together with Daniel Bergstrand (vocals) and Roberto Laghi (Bass, guitar & drums) and mixed by Toby Wright in LA (Metallica, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Motley Crue etc) and mixed by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen mastering studios in LA. With this new album there is no doubt that In Flames will take a step up the ladder towards becoming one of the biggest metal bands of all times.
In Fact, “A Sense Of Purpose” entered charts all over the world incl the band’s highest ever entry on the American Billboard top 200 with an amazing #28. In Canada In Flames achieved the very same thing with a #7 on the Canadian Billboard top 200.
“A Sense Of Purpose” was at the time of release the 7th most sold album in the whole of Europe!
Below are some of the chart entries around the globe:
European Billboard top 100 #7
USA - Billboard top 200 # 28
Canada Billboard top 200# 7
UK (top 200) #54
Austria # 6
Spain # 90
The Netherlands # 70
Belgium # 65
A Sense Of Purpose was released on the following dates around the world:
Japan: March 26th
USA/Canada: April 1st
Sweden: April 2nd
Europe: April 4th
UK: April 7th
“The Mirror’s Truth” Single/EP incl 3 Exclusive non album tracks was released March 7th 2008 (Europe) – October 14th is the release date for the very same EP in North America via Koch Records.
On September 1st 2008 the 2nd Single “Alias” was released digitally via Nuclear Blast Records. The video for the same song was made by Patric Ullaeus and can be watched here www.inflames.com
To date “A Sense Of Purpose” has sold over 250 000 copies worldwide.
2008 have been spent touring, starting with a main support slot to Megadeth in North America, followed by breaking the attendance record at the famous Swedish Gröna Lund with 15.500 people in the audience. NO other Swedish artist has ever had that many people at a single show there. Moving on to 18 European summer festivals, in front of a total of 300 000 people. After that the band finished what became In Flames biggest ever European headline tour attended by over 60 000 people ending with 4 completely sold out Swedish shows attracting 13 000 people.
2008 ended in style with the most successful North American Headline tour to date for the band.
2009 started off with IN FLAMES performing live at the Swedish Grammi Awards, the most prestigious of all Swedish awards. The band also won a Grammi for best metal band.
Award #2 for 2009 – P3 Gold award (Swedish National radio) for best Rock/Metal
Other awards won to reflect on the amazing 2008 and the greatness of IN FLAMES are:
P4 Dist Award
P3 Rock – Album of the year
Swedish Metal Awards – Best Death metal Band
Swedish Metal Awards – Best Video (Alias)
Bandit Rock Awards - Best Swedish Band
Bandit Rock Awards - Best Swedish Album
Bandit Rock Awards - Best Swedish Live Band
Metal Hammer Awards - Golden God Award - Best International Act.
Russian Ramp Award – Best International Band
2009 continued where 2008 left off, with heavy touring:
South America, Australia, Japan, Eastern Europe.
On March 25th 2009 the 3rd video taken from “A Sense Of Purpose” premiered on www.myspace.com/inflames - Once again this video is produced and directed by Patric Ullaeus for www.revolver.se - after less than a week the video had an amazing 187 000 plays!!!
In this writing moment, the video has had 325 000 plays!!!
On May 21st 2009 “Disconnected” was released on Guitar Hero World Tour as a downloadable track. This is the second In Flames track featured on Guitar Hero.
In Flames have previously been featured on Guitar Hero III – Legends Of Rock
The summer of 2009 has seen In Flames conquer some of the biggest European festivals and now starting in September it is time for Canada/USA followed by The Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Tour Together with Killswitch Engage - In Flames headline all dates outside UK –
See the dates here: www.inflames.com
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