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Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: In Flames – Foregone (2023)

In Flames has a few newer pieces and a new album! Does it survive judgment?

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As we’ve established over the years, I tend to like my heavy metal fast, attacking, but with cleaner vocals. So any incarnation of Death Metal is either an acquired taste for me, or a listen at request of friends. In Flames, is definitely a band where friends have tried to turn me on to them. Admittedly, Clayman was a great album, but I found myself very hit and miss with them after that point.

This album however, started off with a strong single of Meet Your Maker and reminded me that Chris Broderick recently joined up with the band. Chris was the touring guitarist for Nevermore a few times and spent 7 years as the lead guitarist of Megadeth. So my bias for those bands helped to stoke the fires of interest. It is time to see if my dislike for the band is foregone conclusion; or if the judgment hammer will swing the other way!

In Flames is: Bjorn Gelotte (Lead Guitar), Anders Friden (Lead Vocals), Chris Broderick (Rhythm Guitar), Tanner Wayne (Drums). Bryce Paul (Bass)

  • Artist: In Flames
  • Album: Foregone (2023)
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Total Track Time: 46:49

The Beginning of All Things That Will End is an acoustic and nearly bardic instrumental that kicks off the album. Somber, soothing, nice implementation of violin and what I believe sounds like a cello. Not how I anticipated things kicking off, but its beautiful and I’m not mad. State of Slow Decay immediately punches you in the mouth with crunchy rhythms, double bass and the quicker expected death metal instrumentation. Lyrically it analogizes the state of the world with slowly slipping through a portal to something worse. The slow decay where you can’t even necessarily recognize yourself anymore. While it doesn’t quite stick the landing, it was a fairly good song to get the blood flowing after the melodic opening song. Meet Your Maker is the most recent single from the album and it fuses the Death Metal backbeats with more Metalcore arrangements, including the pre-chorus and chorus being sung cleanly. Continuing the imagery of speaking your mind when things are coming to end, this sticks the landing much better. The color and tone are more rebellious and give the aura of fighting for something to believe in. Bleeding Out while it stays in the lyrical tone the album has set so far, this definitely is a miss. It feels like something that Bullet For My Valentine left on the cutting room floor and In Flames just decided to grab it up. Taking a slower tempo and feeling like “fighting to survive” it just struggles to really hit a groove with the arrangement.

Foregone Pt. 1 at least starts off promising, sounds like a Dethklok song. “And the world has closed its eyes, Mother time draws her final breath, The innocent washed away, The condemned, the dance of death”, not a new concept, but I just liked the phrasing of the chorus here. Interesting aspect with this song is its very fast and attacking, except for moments after the chorus. A quick like acoustic sound interlude the first time, and then the harmonic dual guitar breakdown is more mid tempo. So it sets up the verses well to stay aggressive by taking the foot off the gas just a little after choruses. Foregone Pt. 2 definitely has more of the Metalcore elements. It reminds me more of a God Forbid or All That Remains song. “Nothing is holy for the clouded eye, The tremors, the thunder, the lights go out, With all the lies, the ultimate consequence, We all know what’s the end of this route”, again, this is more of me just liking the lyric for this one. Given that it is the part two, the first being more aggressive and rebellious while the second is slower and coming to terms with the harsh reality; gives an imagery of both growing up and growing complacent. Which the past few years have been an odd combination of those for many of us.

Pure Light of Mind is a song I wanted to dislike immediately, but it really just strikes the right balance. Its definitely a little whiny/ballad-esque, but the imagery is cute in regard to someone being the thing that saved him. Getting pulled out of the darkness, walking a mile…its sweet without being too sappy. A weird balance I didn’t know if it would work, but I’m happy to say that I feel like it does. The Great Deceiver is sonically surprising. I wasn’t expecting a Demons & Wizards sounding song. This has an interesting mid verse tempo change before firing back into a pretty heavy and overall attacking sound. There is more complexity in this song than I was expecting, and I’m here for all of it. Which the complexity of the music fits the lyrics perfectly since its about all the fake news and false flags of the past few years. Just a damn great song from structure to lyrics, everything. In The Dark has a very dark, heavy, marching first half; “We have to fight through the shadows, I feel we’ve lost the spark, Ignite the dampened spirits, And build a brand new arc”. It has a weird little stripped down interlude before the first chorus, and I feel like that hurts the song a bit. If they kept the marching, dark, torrent of Soulfly-esque instrumentation; this would’ve been a great song. That little breakdown is either going to have to grow on me, or it ruined the song. A Dialogue in B Flat Minor is sadly a victim of saying too much of the same as the rest of the album. The lyrics aren’t as clever, and the inclusion of the Metalcore harmonies and tone isn’t doing anything for me except making me consider the skip button. So sufficed to say…the song falls flat.

Cynosure opens with a very prominent bass line akin to Aerials from System of a Down. It is more in the classic Heavy Metal variety, and its very interesting. The song doesn’t do too much, keeps you locked in with the rhythm section and is generally a little captivating with the simplicity. End the Transmission takes a little bit of a spin on the general tone of the album. Its not just about the decay of society, it very bluntly states humanity is a cancer, so we need to end the transmission. “We got to end the transmission, Nothing makes sense and we’re running out of graves, We got to end the transmission, Nothing makes sense and no one is listening”, this is a much more direct way of stating their point. Its got a fantastic groove for the chorus, while the verses are short and frustrated. Another song beautifully painted with the lyrics and musical accompaniment. Agree or disagree, there are valid points and the general feeling is shared by many of people.


I am pleasantly surprised with how little I disliked about this album. I have noticed that over the last few years my opinion on some the harsher vocal stylings I used to have disdain for; has lessened quite a bit. Plus I do always enjoy double meanings, and the fact that End the Transmission ends the album and the lyrics are talking more about ending the transmission of the cancer…its a nice play on words. I really can’t be too upset honestly. Two songs didn’t sit well with me at all, the two part Foregone song I feel is the type that needs to grow on you and In the Dark just makes me mad with the seemingly random breakdown.

All in all, its a solid album and gives me hope that In Flames are back on track to being a band I consider more hit than miss. Good stuff.

Final Judgment: 7.45/10


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Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (6/18/24)

C’est la vie!

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Fallout from Wrestling Is Life!

Wrestling Is Life, and part of that life is you win some, you lose some. We hear from the stars of HPW in the aftermath of this new June event!

 

After the HPW Death Mountain Championship Open Challenge.

Ganon & Cia find Ghirahim backstage.

The Gerudo asks The Living Blade, “What happened? I thought you were gonna challenge Thunderbird!” Ghirahim says he was. Didn’t they see what happened back here? No, what did happen? Ghirahim says it was a mad dash, several dozen wrestlers trying to reach gorilla, but he was pulling ahead because of his great parkour skills. Ganon knows about that, right? He’s seen Ghirahim do the leaps and the kongs. Ganon has no idea what he’s talking about. Well, anyway, Ghirahim was just feet away, and then WHAM! Something hit him from the side and sent him flying into road cases! It was… It was HER!

Ghirahim points at Tali of the Gerudo Sisterhood! Ganon asks if that’s true. Tali shrugs and says yeah. Though a lot of good it did her, she still missed out on the match. Ghirahim says serves her right for getting in his way! And he warns her it better not happen again. Oh? And what’s he gonna do about it? Tali and Ghirahim stare down, but Cia says now’s not the time for that. For one, she has her match next. Tali chuckles and says Ghirahim’s lucky “Mommy” was here. Tali leaves, Ghirahim seethes, but The Dark Forces head out. Will the Dame of the Dunes scale Death Mountain again in the near future?

 

After the HPW Goddess Championship match.

Cia returns backstage.

We know that the Dark Sorceress did not win the title off Ruto, and she is in a foul mood. She kicks a trash can and keeps shouting, “Dammit! Dammit, dammit, dammit!” Cia shrieks and storms off. Well, we know her mood won’t improve with the next match…

Ruto returns backstage.

The Arrow Club applauds as the Zora Princess returns victorious. Ruto thanks them for their praises, but it was never in doubt that she would win. “Now, you boys better do your part out there.” Fin says of course. By the end of tonight, the Arrow Club will be golden. Arrow Club all has confident smiles on their faces as they head back to the locker rooms.

 

After the HPW World Trios Championships match.

The Dark Forces regroups.

Ganon is there as Volga, Zant & Wizzro return. He is clearly disappointed by their loss. “Seriously? Didn’t you guys win Blood & Thunder? How did you lose here?” Volga says Zant kept doing his own thing instead of sticking to the game plan! Zant says he was just calling audibles based on what he was seeing. He needed to call an audible when Volga was going for a Frog Splash? Ganon tells them to stop arguing, and says they clearly need to figure some things out, maybe make some changes. Ganon leads the group away, what changes could he mean?

Arrow Club regroups.

Ruto, Torbevito & Scaly applaud as Fin Balure & The Young Ducks return triumphant. Fin says, “What’d I tell ya?” Ruto says yes, he was right. And also, their “gift” is ready. Ooh~! Alright then, they’ll make sure to talk to you-know-who when the time is right. Torbevito says, “His name’s Yu-no-bo, dude.” Fin sighs and says he knows that, Torb, he was trying to keep it on the downlow. Oh…! Fin ushers Arrow Club out of gorilla position and back to the locker rooms.

 

After the Million Rupee Championship match.

The Dark Forces regroups, again.

Kevin Gibdo returns with the title belt, and Ganon says, “Finally, something to celebrate! Good on ya, Evan.” It’s Kevin. Whatever! Point is, they can call him champion now! Ganon pats Kevin on the back, but Zant points out it took “the rest of us” to help Kevin since the uWo showed up. “Rest of us?” Volga repeats. “Where were you out there?” Ganon has them stop arguing again, but he does agree that Zant’s one to talk. Just focus on the positives. Things are looking up for the group, they’re gonna keep this going through the Summer. But then MAJORA JUMPS IN!? And he goes right after Ganon!!

The Dark Forces tries to stop Majora but he fires off on all of them! Ganon BOOTS back, Majora staggers into the cameraman, and then Ganon shoves Majora at the table! Ganon fires off hands and beats Majora down on top of the water bottles! Referees and producers rush in, they get Ganon to back off, and he warns Majora to watch himself. The refs tell Ganon to get outta here, and he says fine, he’s leaving! But then TORPEDO MAJORA!! Ganon goes down in a heap against Volga and Wizzro! Majora says Ganon better watch himself! Majora storms off, is he going to terminate the HPW Termina Champion?

 

After the HPW Triforce World Championship Steel Cage match.

Arrow Club returns backstage.

All of them are upset, and Rick asks what “those marks” were doing running out there to attack them. Mack says, “The Studly Don’t Quit? More like The Studly Don’t Think! The Studly Don’t Know What They’ve Gotten Themselves Into!” Torbevito says that’s a lot of letters for a team name. Mack says, “Shut up, Torb!” Then Yunobo storms in, and he pushes past Arrow Club to get right in front of the camera! “LINK! You can o’ green beans with legs! You think you proved anything by jumpin’ off the top of a cage?! You only proved you’re not afraid o’ HEIGHTS! Yeah! You thought you bled tonight, you thought you survived? DIG IT!

“You may feel good right now, but later on, you’re gonna WISH that you hadn’t made it through the night, YEAH! Do you know who yer messin’ with? Yer messin’ with ME! The Macho Goro, Yunobo! GOODBYE!” Yunobo storms off and the Arrow Club is in awe. Torbevito is ecstatic as he says “It’s working! It’s totally working!” Ruto gives him a smack on the shoulder and says, “Shh, Torb, shh!” Fin says, “Now that guy is gonna be a champion!” Arrow Club follows after “The Macho Goro,” will this savage new attitude help him steamroll through the HPW roster?


My Thoughts:

OOOOH YEAH, time to finally reference one of the true greats. I doubt I’ll really capture the “it factor” of Randy Savage but I’d be remised if I didn’t try. Also, I needed to set up something for the Termina Championship so there, Majora just goes after Ganon because he’s crazy and unpredictable and also Majora threatened to destroy Termina in the Zelda games so it was only a matter of time. Pun not intended.


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Hockey Talk- Oil Slick? [061824]

Hockey Talk discusses the Stanley Cup Finals, the Blues make some front-office moves, and Utah’s official team name is revealed.

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On this week’s edition of Hockey Talk, the guys continue to break down the Stanley Cup Finals. As things presently stand, the Florida Panthers are just one win away from their first ever Stanley Cup Championship. But the Edmonton Oilers have outscored the Panthers 10-1 over the past four periods. As we head to Game 5, are the Panthers still in control or are the Oilers poised to make a comeback of historic proportions? Patrick and Dave break it all down for you here. Plus, the St. Louis Blues make some front-office moves and the Utah Hockey Club decide on a team name (hint…that is the team’s name).

Today’s hosts: Dave Ungar (@AttitudeAgg) and Patrick O’Dowd (@WrestlngRealist)

  • Can the Panthers close the deal?
  • The Blues make some front-office moves
  • The Utah Hockey Club is official

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