Lunar Strain

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Lunar Strain
Studio album by In Flames
Released April 1, 1994
Recorded Autumn - Winter 1993
Studio Fredman
Genre Melodic death metal, folk metal
Length 36:43
Label Wrong Again, Regain, Candlelight
Producer In Flames
In Flames chronology
Lunar Strain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Lunar Strain is the debut album by Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames.

In this release, it was the last time where vocals were sung by Mikael Stanne, who is the vocalist of Dark Tranquillity and was a session musician for In Flames at the time. He had sung with this band previously on "Demo '93".

The album is known for its "folky elements" with the inclusion of violins and acoustic guitars.

The songs "Behind Space" & "Clad in Shadows" were rerecorded with the future lineup of this bands' future release Colony - the songs were released on the album, although both songs were renamed with '99 at the end of the titles and both songs ended up on different version of the album with "Behind Space '99" on the standard and "Clad in Shadows '99" on the reissue. "Clad in Shadows '99" was also released on another reissue of this band's future album, Whoracle.


In 1999, it was re-released and included all the tracks from once again another of this bands' future release, Subterranean under the title Lunar Strain - Subterranean.

In the 2003 Regain Records version of the re-release, the songs order differs slightly with "Clad in Shadows" being the second track shifting the rest down by one. However, the discrepancy is not apparent in album track listing, being mislabeled as the below. For Example, Track 10 on the original release "Clad In Shadows" became Track 2 on this re-release (this was not shown on the tracklist) so each track after track 2 ended up being credited as the track before, it, e.g. "Clad In Shadows", Track 2, was still credited as "Lunar Strain", "Lunar Strain" was credited as "Starforsaken", and so on.

The album was re-released, and remastered with bonus tracks in 2004 under Regain Records and in 2005 under Candlelight Records USA with the same artwork but the more modern logo seen from the album Reroute to Remain to Come Clarity. The bonus tracks are actually three songs re-recorded from the band's 1993 demo,[2][3] which contained "alternative mixed versions of the album recordings."

Track listing[edit]

1994 Original release
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Behind Space"   Stanne 4:55
2. "Lunar Strain"   Stanne 4:05
3. "Starforsaken"   Stanne 3:10
4. "Dreamscape"   (Instrumental) 3:45
5. "Everlost (Part I)"   Stanne 4:17
6. "Everlost (Part II)"   Stanne 2:57
7. "Hårgalåten"   (Instrumental) 2:26
8. "In Flames"   Stanne 5:33
9. "Upon an Oaken Throne"   Stanne 2:49
10. "Clad in Shadows"   Stanne 2:49


In Flames
Guests musicians
Technical personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
World 1 April 1994 CD Wrong Again Records
Japan 1999 CD Toy's Factory
World 2003 CD Regain Records / Candlelight Records
World 2005 CD Regain Records / Candlelight Records


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