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In Flames

About In Flames

In Flames is a Melodic Death Metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Formed in 1990 by Jesper Strömblad, with his intention to write music that sounded as melodic as Iron Maiden but also uses Death Metal elements.
They shaped the “Gothenburg-Metal” scene, together with bands like At The Gates and Dark Tranquillity.

During 1993, In Flames wrote, recorded, and self-produced their debut studio album, Lunar Strain. Since In Flames did not have a vocalist yet, Jesper asked Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) to provide vocals. In Flames would eventually need another vocalist for the recording of the EP Subterranean, this time Henke Forss would do the job.
However, it wasn’t until 1995 that current vocalist Anders Fridén (Dark Tranquillity) joined the band.

Björn Gelotte originally joined as a drummer, then switched to guitars a few years (and albums) later.

The Jester Race was recorded and became a classic melodic death metal album.

The line up changed for the tour of 1997, Niclas Engelin joining as guitarist. However, by the end of that tour in 1998, Niclas left the band. Niclas would rejoin between 2006 and 2007, and then again in 2009 for another tour, this time as Jesper Strömblad’s replacement, who couldn’t participate in order to get treatment for his alcohol abuse problems.

Strömblad quit In Flames permanently in early 2010, meaning there are no original members left in the band although all the other members at the time had been in the band since at least 1998 (prior to the recording of Colony).

In November 2015 drummer Daniel Svensson told he would split with the band after finishing touring.