ALBUM: In Flames – Siren Charms

Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Label: Epic Records


In 2014, we’ve reached an age where once revolutionary bands in the metal genre like Slipknot and Children Of Bodom are beginning to be considered as ‘classic’. In Flames are another band of that ilk, having turned 24 this year. ‘Siren Charms’ is the band’s latest offering, and the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’.

For a band that hasn’t released anything in three years, In Flames really aren’t endearing themselves with a release like ‘Siren Charms’. It’s a simple affair that continues the band’s movement away from the melodic death metal of their early years and towards a more commercially acceptable sound.

Fans that were enraged by ‘A Sense Of Purpose’ or ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’ are most likely long gone now, so In Flames don’t really have much to worry about on that front. Their main issue now, however, is keeping the interest of their new generation of fans amongst an environment vastly different to that of 12 years ago when ‘Reroute To Remain’ was released.

There’s really not a lot on ‘Siren Charms’ to shout about. The majority of the album is easily forgettable and doesn’t really start pushing the boat out at all until the latter half. ‘When The World Explodes’ is really the highlight; a track featuring female vocals from Emilia Feldt and a chorus that actually includes some emotion in it. ‘Rusted Nail’ is the only other real song of note, featuring “The Head Jester Choir” made up of fans’ submitted vocals. Perhaps the most interesting part of ‘Siren Charms’ is the artwork, which is supposedly a ship emerging from the water (can anyone else see it?).

More than ever, it’s down to personal preference whether you’ll like ‘Siren Charms’. Those who joined the band around the time Dead By April got popular will probably take a fair bit of enjoyment from it, but those who lost interest when Anders Fridén started singing more will continue to turn the page and ignore the band.

Written by MG Savage (@MGSavagewriter)