Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the new IN FLAMES videos for 'The Truth' and 'The End' can be seen below. Both tracks are taken from the band's twelfth studio album, Battles, which will be released on November 11 via Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson, who has previously worked with MOTÖRHEAD, BODY COUNT and SEPULTURA, among others.
Watch the new webisode here: https://youtu.be/t7ruU8DDicc
IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte talked about how the recording process for Battles compared to that of its predecessor, 2014's Battles.
"'Siren Charms' had a very dark vibe to it," he explained. "We recorded it at a cold, damp and dark time during the year in Berlin so it gave it a certain melancholy to the record. Now recording in L.A. with the sunshine, it's a different energy. The writing process was different this time, too — that I would like for us to continue to explore. Also, working with Howard and his team was great. I got stressed taking a break for even five minutes because they were always ready to go for the next take and kept my energy up."
"I think being in California really affected this album in the sense that we had a studio in the house that we were staying at and the vibe was really relaxed which lent itself to productivity," added vocalist Anders Fridén. "It really helped having a producer who could make us focus on what we needed to accomplish and keep us on track."
"This was a very new approach for us because we've never let anyone else in the way we did with Howard,"said Gelotte.
Battles sees the band making the hooks sharper, the riffs tighter and honing the overall attack in a way that parallels their legendary live shows in an unparalleled fashion.
"When people hear this album I think they're going to instantly know that it's the new IN FLAMES without us repeating the same song over and over, and that's something I'm incredibly proud of," Fridén said. He went on to downplay the changes in the band's sound, calling "Battles" "guitar driven, melodic… it's like they know what to expect. It's not like we're coming out with something completely different, but at the same time it's still new. If they already like IN FLAMES, they will like it — and if they don't like IN FLAMES already, they still might like it."
IN FLAMES drummer Daniel Svensson announced last fall that he was leaving the band to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Joe Rickard, who played on »Battles«.
The band will embark on a UK-wide tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and DISTURBED in January:
Tuesday 10th - GLASGOW, HYDRO
Thursday 12th - NEWCASTLE, METRO RADIO ARENA
Friday 13th - BIRMINGHAM, GENTING
Sunday 15th - SHEFFIELD, ARENA
Monday 16th - MANCHESTER, ARENA
Wednesday 18th - NOTTINGHAM, MOTORPOINT ARENA
Thursday 19th - CARDIFF, MOTORPOINT ARENA
Saturday 21st - LONDON, 02 ARENA
Sunday 22nd - LONDON, 02 ARENA
More on Battles:
Listen to 'The Truth': https://youtu.be/FkHJ2JY1rzI
Listen to 'The End': https://youtu.be/yafxUluB6DA
If you want to know more about the title choice and the artwork, check out the band's first webisode:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8xmDX1eLOs
The second webisode where they talk about the double-single:
Watch the third webisode where the band talk about their work with renowned producer Howard Benson: https://youtu.be/WYRR0SU2K9s
In Flames present new drummer, Joe Rickard: https://youtu.be/UxglQezGoX0
'The End' official music video: youtu.be/Z3NQYZ-EBpY
'The Truth' official music video: https://youtu.be/QgLc3DQFXQM
IN FLAMES are:
Anders Fridén | vocals
Björn Gelotte | guitars
Peter Iwers | bass
Niclas Engelin | guitars
Joe Rickard | drums
NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK