On May 15, Sofa King Cool conducted an interview with with vocalist Anders Fridén of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if IN FLAMES‘ ever-evolving sound is the result of the changes in the musical climate around the band, Anders said: “Honestly, I don’t give a flying fuck what’s happening around, really. ‘Cause we do this, truly, for ourselves. And then, obviously, it’s great that people like what we do and we can travel the world and play. Otherwise, we’d be stuck in a cellar back home in Gothenburg. But, for us, it’s just… IN FLAMES has always been about creating good melodies, and that’s what we still try to do. But we don’t wanna do the same thing again and again and again. I want to challenge our listeners a little bit. I want them to be a little bit unsure of what they’re gonna get. But it’s, style-wise… I mean ,we play metal. It’s our way of heavy metal. It’s not the right [way] or the wrong [way] — it’s the IN FLAMES way — and that’s how we feel and think about music. And there’s no conscious decision going in this direction… We don’t really care what’s happening around us. Trends come and go. And if you’re trying to chase what’s happening right now, you’ll be very late on the ball, because the trend passed already when you’re in the middle of it. So, fuck that. We just do what we do, and hopefully people like it. If you don’t, then…”
IN FLAMES‘ latest album, “Siren Charms”, sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 26 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“Siren Charms” was released in the U.S. on September 9, 2014 via Sony/RED. The CD was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (DAVID BOWIE, DEPECHE MODE, U2) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics.
IN FLAMES filmed a new concert DVD/Blu-ray on November 6, 2014 at Hovet in Stockholm and November 7, 2014 at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.