“Deliver Us”, the new video from Swedish metallers IN FLAMES, can be viewed below (courtesy of Metal-Hammer.de). The clip was filmed a few weeks ago at the Göteborgshjulet (The Wheel of Gothenburg) in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, SAMAEL, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.
A Swedish-language Expressen newspaper article on the video shoot can be found at Expressen.se.
Göteborgshjulet (The Wheel of Gothenburg) was inaugurated in the spring 2010 and is open year-round. Situated on the waterfront, right next to the opera house, the 60-meter-high (200 feet) wheel offers a 360-degree view of the area.
“Deliver Us” comes off IN FLAMES’ tenth album, “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”, which will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
* Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway: Friday, June 17
* Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, June 22
* Spain, Italy: Tuesday, June 21
* Rest Of Europe: Monday, June 20
* North America: Tuesday, June 21
* Australia, New Zealand: Friday, June 24
The album will be made available in the following formats in Europe:
* CD Jewelcase
* Special-edition CD+DVD (eight-panel digipak with pop-up feature + recording “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” DVD)
* Limited deluxe box set CD+DVD (eight-panel pop-up digipak and 32-page deluxe booklet + recording “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” DVD, black textile belt with white print and silver buckle with black IN FLAMES logo, set of 3 buttons, 1 jigsaw puzzle, 6 postcards) * 2-LP gatefold, 180gr vinyl
* Digital download
13 songs were laid down for the CD, which was recorded at the band’s IF Studios in Gothenburg with engineer Roberto Laghi (HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, LOK, SONIC SYNDICATE).
“Sounds Of A Playground Fading” track listing:
01. Sounds Of A Playground Fading
02. Deliver Us
03. All For Me
04. The Puzzle
05. Fear Is The Weakness
06. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
07. The Attic
08. Darker Times
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jester’s Door
12. A New Dawn
The cover artwork was created by Dave Correia and can be viewed below.
In an interview with the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén, 38, revealed that “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” will almost certainly challenge the band’s fans’ musical expectations.
“We have some songs that pretty much go against the hard rock formula,” he said. “There’s a song called ‘The Attic’ where we have an accordion playing the chorus instead of me singing it. Another song begins with a spoken-word part that evolves into a kind of hard DEPECHE MODE-type thing. We also have some really fast, typical IN FLAMES tunes.
He added, “We’ve never denied where we come from, but at the same time we like to challenge our listeners.”
“Sounds Of A Playground Fading” is the first IN FLAMES album to be recorded without founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who quit the band in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction.
“It’s a really sad situation,” Anders said. “We’re talking about a friend whom we’ve known for a really long time. It’s like a relationship that has burnt out. It just didn’t work out anymore. He’s a really great guy in many ways, but it’s important that everybody can get along. If they don’t, it affects a lot of people.”
He continued, “We’ve lived with this for many years, and it’s really sad that things are the way they are. I wish they weren’t.”
Fridén also talked about the often dark lyrical content on “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”.
“Some people I know have passed away, and then you have kids being born,” he explained. “I’ve got two kids myself and, of course, it has affected the songwriting. Suddenly you’re not alone anymore.”
IN FLAMES recently recruited Niclas Engelin from fellow Swedes ENGEL as the band’s new second guitarist.