An interview with In Flames in October 2002.
RN: What was it like supporting slayer? IN: It was great it was just a great experience. For six weeks…there were like millions of people…it was just really cool.
RN: Is it weird going to the states and discovering you have so many fans so far away?
IN: Well we did out first American tour already in ‘99, and we were like, ’shit’, because that was when we realised we actually had a big fan base in the states, and since then we’ve been ther 5 times with different bands, we’ve played with all different kind of bands, and it’s getting bigger over there. That’s why this tour, the slayer one, was important to us, to reach to people who didn’t know about us!
RN:What were your influences on the new record [re-route to remain]?
IN: It’s hard to pinpoint specific like bands. Everything influences you, all the bands we toured with, everything that happens to you in your everyday life. Those two years since we recorded the clayman album, alot of things have happened, and all of that reflects on this record.
RN: It has a more upbeat tone – was that deliberate?
IN: This was the first time we worked with a different producer. We’d always worked with _________ before, and we thought ‘ok lets try and do something different this time’ so we asked _________ who did meshugga’s record, and we really liked what he’d done with other bands. So we just wanted to do something new because we had come as far as we could with ____________ and what we had been playing before, we just though we could make something interesting.
RN: There are also alot more hooks on the record…
IN: Yeah, we didn’t really think about each song when we wrote them. We write music as we always do. This time we rented a small cabin outside of Gottenburg for two weeks, with just the five of us without any disturbing influences, and jammed around and just wrote music and this is what came out.
RN: Alot of people have said it’s not In Flames. Do you think that’s fair?
IN: Oh that’s just crap – I would say. I mean you can hear that it’s definetly In Flames.
RN: But do you think that it’s fair to say that your sound has changed alot since Clayman…?
IN: I wouldn’t say that actually! I mean it may be a bit more brutal and heavy than before. We also have two really fast songs, something that we haven’t had for a while. I mean this is still a very melodic album as well, but some of the melodies are transfered from the guitar to the vocals to the synth or whatever. At the end of the day it’s definetly an In Flames album!
RN: Was it cool coming to England with Slipknot and getting such a big crowd reaction?
IN: Yeah…before that slipknot tour we had played just one gig over here, with Lacuna Coil and people. So yeah we were pretty amazed, because Slipknot fans aren’t really your regular metal fans – they’re much younger than normal. So we were pretty amazed that we got the reaction that we did.
RN: Are you happy with how the new record has been recieved?
IN: Yeah definetly it’s been great. The reviews and everything have been great. We were tottally stunned. I mean we don’t have any expectations when we write the album. We basically do this because we enjoy playing music, I know that’s a cliche but, we don’t write music that we think people will like, but we are really glad that people did like it.
RN: So if noone appeared at this gig would you still play it?
IN: haha…ummm maybe. I mean if NOONE turns up then maybe we would cancel but if just a few people showed we’d still play. That’s why we play because we love it.
RN: Which celebrity would you most like to have a fight with?
IN: Have a fight with? Ok…I’m gonna have to think about that one. I hate those questions because I have to think of something. Ask me the next one and I’ll keep thinking!
RN: OK you might have to think about this one as well but anyways, what’s your worst gig experience been?
IN: The first band I was in, before In Flames, I played with once in East Germany, on the border of Poland. It was a ridiculous show it was like 10 Nazis, 10 skin heads – you know? It was scary. It was like my first proper tour ever and it scared me…
I would definetly fight with George Bush…he’s a dangerous man.
RN: Do you think this is the record to take In Flames into the mainstream?
IN: We don’t have a big record label. We’re on Nuclear Blast and they’re still an independent. So I don’t think we can go very mainstream with this label, but we will try to go as mainstream as possible.
RN: Would you consider signing to a major?
IN: If we got a good offer then yeah – sure. I mean this is the last record on this contract, so we’ll see what happens after that.
RN: OK this is the final question….where do you see In Flames in a years time, 2 years time, five years time?
IN: It’s so difficult to tell. I don’t want to speculate in the future. To be honest I’m quite happy with how it is now…