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Coming across melodic death metal has been one of my favorite memories. It started out with At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity and In Flames. There are some great stuff in the genre and this is among one of the first songs i have been exposed to, sometime in 2002 or 2003,

Hours Passed In Exile Lyrics

As i got more involved in the metal subgenres the more i really enjoy the intense but melodic music, here’s a few youtube videos of that example (pretty rough/raw folk metal which has some symphonic, melodic black/death in it as well, pretty heavy insane stuff though so listen at your own risk there)
As I Die… – Lemuria (you could skip to 3:24 if you wish)
A Day of Reckoning by Lemuria (the amazing melodic solo comes around 4 minutes) though the rest of (both songs) it was pretty good at first, but gets pretty monotonous or tiring so those may not be the best examples, but every once in a while listening to those 2 songs are pretty epic in it’s own way but not meant to be overplayed unless of course you just go for the solos.

I actually find that listening to the more melodic, but intense stuff is better and still has some good solos in it as well…

And there are some pretty insane long songs too that are really good.

Folk music mixed with melodic death metal, and then there’s progressive melodic death metal,

(lyrics in video)

Other than some repeating lyrics throughout this song (which gets a little tedious at times) clocks around 16 minutes! If you hear it the first few times it’s amazing and even when writing this i’m playing back this song and it’s still epic. Yeah, so anyway along with my last post, My Introduction (as a Christian and metalhead) i decided to post something like this because, well i felt like it.

Or because i don’t want to be talking about controversial stuff all the time like i have been doing for the past 8 months, or a year…

Also, if you are interested, i have a last.fm profile, http://www.last.fm/user/spineshank155

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Cover of "Deliver Us"

Cover of Deliver Us

So, it’s May 25th 2011 now & i had the opportunity to listen to the “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” track as well as “A New Dawn”. My Opinion has changed, but not by much. The truth is, the new material does sound better then ‘A Sense Of Purpose’.  The lyrics are much better & while i do enjoy some tracks off of ASOP it didn’t really change the fact that the overall sound sounds bad & generic. But i found that it does have a certain melody to the material. You most likely will be able to find these tracks on Youtube. Deliver Us still deserves a 2.0 in ratings & will not change either in RYM. But.. i can listen to the song more often, it’s still not really recommended but i personally enjoy it.

I’m not going to repeat the same review i did on Rate Your Music, however it doesn’t change the fact i think the single is bad. Well it’s good & bad. The good part is the intro was pretty good, the bad part is the rest of the song sounds so watered down that it’s alternative rock. Back when Soundtrack To Your Escape came out i actually enjoyed listening to the newer style In Flames had. I even enjoyed Come Clarity as well. However.. A Sense Of Purpose took yet another direction, further away from the melodic death metal sound & from The Jester Race/Colony style. Now it’s 2011 & we got possibly another bad album coming our way. This track,

is shocking yet disappointing. Their upcoming album, Sounds Of A Playground Fading seems like In Flames is reaching a point where their style won’t resemble anything they once had. Should i remain optimistic? We’ll see. Honestly I’ll be looking around for melodic death metal. This band may not be as good as they once were. I already know they won’t continue on with melodic death metal but of course the fan-boys will just eat this band up & think that this is the best melodic death metal out there today.

“Who is At The Gates?”

“Who is Insomnium?”

“Who is Dark Tranquillity?”

“Who is Dimension Zero?”

These people may never know… I can only hope that people realize there are far better stuff out there then the stuff In Flames is was capable of.  I know where this is heading…

My rating: 2.0 stars (1 time listen, not recommended)

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