Sounds of a Playground Fading

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Sounds of a Playground Fading
Studio album by In Flames
Released June 15, 2011 (2011-06-15)
(See release dates)
Recorded October 11, 2010–January 25, 2011 at IF Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden
Genre Alternative metal
Length 53:58
Label Century Media, Razzia
Producer Roberto Laghi, Anders Fridén
In Flames chronology
A Sense of Purpose
(2008)
Sounds of a Playground Fading
(2011)
Siren Charms
(2014)
Singles from Sounds of a Playground Fading
  1. "Deliver Us"
    Released: May 7, 2011
  2. "Where the Dead Ships Dwell"
    Released: November 14, 2011
  3. "Ropes"
    Released: February 5, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[2]
Metal Hammer 6/7 stars[3]
Metal Storm 6/10 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Earshot.at 5.5/7 stars[6]

Sounds of a Playground Fading is the tenth studio album by the Swedish metal band In Flames, released on June 15, 2011 through Century Media/Razzia.[7] This is the first album recorded by In Flames without founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who left the band in February 2010 [8] making it also the first In Flames release not to have two guitarists. The track "Deliver Us" was featured in the soundtrack to the video game Saints Row IV.

Background[edit]

According to Anders, this album features increasingly wide vocal registers and reduced growls.[9] In addition, some of the album's songs "pretty much go against the hard rock formula."[7]

The entire album was written by Björn Gelotte. The guitar solos, unlike most other albums, were able to be pre-planned out and worked much better according to the in-studio report.

Release and promotion[edit]

The band revealed the cover art, track listing and first single, "Deliver Us", on their official Facebook page in April and May 2011. Then on June 3, 2011, aol.com streamed the entire album on their music network.[10] In Flames have played this album in their European tour with support from Noctiferia,[11] as part of the Defenders of the Faith III tour with Trivium, Rise to Remain, Ghost and Insense,[12] and with Trivium in their North American Tour.[13]

Reception[edit]

Sounds of a Playground Fading received positive reviews. It debuted at number 27 on the US Billboard 200 album chart; number 2 on the Top Hard Rock Chart, number 7 on the Top Rock Chart and number 5 on the Top Independent Chart. It also debuted at Number 1 of the Media Control German Albums chart, and at Number 12 of the Billboard Canadian Albums chart[14]

Track listing[edit]

All music written by Björn Gelotte and all lyrics by Anders Fridén. All songs arranged by In Flames.[15]

No. Title Length
1. "Sounds of a Playground Fading"   4:44
2. "Deliver Us"   3:31
3. "All for Me"   4:31
4. "The Puzzle"   4:34
5. "Fear Is the Weakness"   4:07
6. "Where the Dead Ships Dwell"   4:27
7. "The Attic"   3:18
8. "Darker Times"   3:25
9. "Ropes"   3:42
10. "Enter Tragedy"   3:59
11. "Jester's Door"   2:38
12. "A New Dawn"   5:52
13. "Liberation"   5:10
Total length:
53:58

Personnel[edit]

In Flames
Production

Release Dates[edit]

Region Date
Sweden 15 June 2011 (2011-06-15)
Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Norway[16] 17 June 2011 (2011-06-17)
Europe (excluding Spain, Italy, Finland, Hungary)[16] 20 June 2011 (2011-06-20)
North America, Spain & Italy[16] 21 June 2011 (2011-06-21)
Finland & Hungary[16] 22 June 2011 (2011-06-22)
Australia & New Zealand[16] 24 June 2011 (2011-06-24)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher (2011). "Sounds of a Playground Fading In Flames | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "In Flames - Sounds of a Sell-Out Review". Kerrang!. 
  3. ^ "In Flames review". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading review". Metal Storm. 
  5. ^ "In Flames review". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading Review". Earshot.at. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "In Flames Signs with Century Media Records". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner. March 28, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Jesper Strömblad; Anders, Peter, Daniel & Björn (12 February 2010). "JESPER STRÖMBLAD LEAVES IN FLAMES". In Flames Myspace Blog. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sounds Of A Playground Fading". Kim bloggar. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading - Streaming". Metal CallOut. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.rocbloc.com/2011/05/19/in-flames-announces-fall-european-tour/
  12. ^ http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/top-posts/ten-reasons-defenders-of-the-faith-will-kick-ass/
  13. ^ http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=165750
  14. ^ "Sounds of a Playground Fading chart position". billboard.com. July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  15. ^ "In Flames - In The Studio Episode #2". In Flames Youtube Channel. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "In Flames: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner. April 13, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.