Good album after first listen, I was dark on that Midnight Sun song when I heard it the other day but it seamlessly slots in on side B & has good solos, Becoming Immortal sounded grouse along with the other two singles released prior..
It doesnt measure up to old In Flames but i think its a step in the right direction and by that i mean its a better listen than recent efforts from Dark Tranquility and In Flames.
Love that album. Shame they dont sound how they did back then but hey - things change. I try not to be too critical of bands that evolve and completely change their sound, because its their choice. Plus, if they are in the mindset of only keeping the same sound to appease their fans, but wanting a creative change themselves, then the music they release probably wouldnt be very inspired anyway. I try to appreciate the stuff i do like and if the band changes to the point where their music no longer appeals, so be it...Ill keep listening to the old stuff. That said, when trying to decide whether to see a band live, it can be tough if half their music appeals and the other half doesnt.All this In Flames talk made me pull out my The Jester Race cd. Really good album - pity they didn’t stick with that sound.