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In Flames Biography


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Birth Place: Gothenburg, Sweden
Years Active: 1990-Present
Genres: Melodic Death Metal


In Flames is a Swedish alternative/melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1990.

Signed with Wrong Again Records, In Flames released their full-length debut, “Lunar Strain” in 1994, followed by the EP “Subterranean” in 1995.

After signing to Nuclear Blast Records, they released “The Jester Race” in 1996. The following year, they issued their second EP, “Black-Ash Inheritance,” and the full-length album “Whoracle.”

The band's fourth studio album, 1999’s “Colony,” reached the Top 30 in Sweden and Finland. “Clayman” followed in the same vein the next year, reaching the Top 20 in the same countries. The tour to promote it was released as the 2001 “The Tokyo Showdown” (2001) live album, which also charted in Sweden and Finland, breaking the Top 40.

2002’s “Reroute to Remain” peaked at #5 on the Swedish and Finnish charts and #10 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The album was accompanied by the band's first single, “Cloud Connected,” but failed to chart.

In 2003, In Flames released “Trigger,” an EP that featured the title track backed with a remix and a cover of Genesis' “Land of Confusion.” It was followed by “Soundtrack to Your Escape” in 2004, which peaked at #3 in Sweden and #2 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The album produced a single in “The Quiet Place,” which followed the success of the album and reached #2 in their home country.

A video album released in 2005, “Used & Abused in Live We Trust,” was the band's debut video, and their first release to top the Swedish Albums chart. Following the same blueprint, “Come Clarity” released in 2006, topped the Finnish and Swedish charts, and reached #2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums. The album was backed by the single “Come Clarity,” which was released in a limited edition that reached #52 in their home country.

Before they released their ninth studio album, In Flames issued the single “The Mirror's Truth,” which peaked at #5 in Finland. Their 2008 full-length album, “A Sense of Purpose,” topped the Swedish and Billboard Top Independent Albums charts.

In 2011 they issued the EP, “8 Songs,” and the full-length, “Sounds of a Playground Fading” which peaked at #2 on the Swedish Albums chart and #27 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.