(8/10) If you haven't lived under a rock for the last decades you heard about In Flames. The guys from Gothenburg can look back on a fantastic career in metal with a debut as a first earmark for something big that started to grow. 23 years later In Flames became a constant factor for quality. The five-piece constantly developed their sound from raw and unleashed death metal to a more melodic death metal interpretation. The band did a major contribution to the 'Gothenburg style' and are one of the spearheads of this development.
This DVD covers a show in their hometown Gothenburg. In Flames performed in front of 10.000 jesterheads in the sold-out Scandinavium and the homematch was more then appreciated by each and everybody in this big hall. The vibe is impressive. I had the pleasure to see the band a year later on their Scandinavian 'club tour' when they played the KB in Malmö which is a rather small club. But watching this DVD looks to me like the same vibe, just with 10 times more supporters.
This gig consisted out of twenty songs which has been carefully chosen. Even though the band didn't go back to the very early roots, the setlist included older classics like "Resin" from the 1999 release "Colony" and also "Only the Weak" from "Clayman" was played during the show.
The biggest part of the concert was dedicated to new songs from the "Siren Charms" release. Seven songs have been played from this album including a special version of "When the World Explodes" with Emilia Feldt joining the band on stage. She did the song together with In Flames on the album version, and it was one of the rare moments when she also joined on stage. Actually the Gothenburg- and the Stockholm show have been the only ones that included the hymn in the live set. It's these almost unique moments that are the cherry on the cake when it comes to this release - a moment of goosebumps which almost leads to the wish of a continuation.
When it comes to stage set things have been quite puristic. As usual, In Flames used light in an excellent way for supporting their music, but it seems that the guys reduced things a bit on this tour. Since it gives a clearer focus on the music not even a too bad decision.
The visual aspect of this DVD is excellent. Patric Ullaeus did an brilliant job in capturing this special moment. After having worked together with In Flames already for "Used & Abused" as well as directing the video for "Take This Life" the guys seem to be a good team, working together very well.
Eleven years after "Used and Abused" it's a well chosen moment of delighting fans with a new live release that underlines the importance of In Flames and Gothenburg for melodic death metal. If you want to be part of this homegame for In Flames, than this is the right disc for you.
- In Plain View
- Everything's Gone
- Fear is the Weakness
- Where the Dead Ships Dwell
- With Eyes Wide Open
- Through Oblivion
- Delight and Angers
- Cloud connected
- Only for the Weak
- The Chosen Pessimist
- The Quiet Place
- When the World Explodes ( feat. Emilia Feldt)
- Rusted Nail
- The Mirror's Truth
- Deliver Us
- Take This Life
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Release Date EU: Septmeber 23rd, 2016