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A Review of the Mini Album Called "Subterranean" by Swedish Melodic Death Metal Band in Flames

Updated on May 3, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Subterranean: the front cover

All we see on the front cover for Subterranean is a dark, blue sky that has been filled fire and ash. In spite of the cover, the music on the EP is very solid!
All we see on the front cover for Subterranean is a dark, blue sky that has been filled fire and ash. In spite of the cover, the music on the EP is very solid!

The songs on the Subterranean Mini Album

  1. Stand Ablaze
  2. Everdying
  3. Subterranean
  4. Timeless (instrumental)
  5. Biosphere
  6. Dead Eternity (this song is on the album The Jester Race)
  7. The Inborn Lifeless
  8. Eye of the Beholder (Metallica cover)
  9. Murders in the Rue Morgue (Iron Maiden cover)

The musicians that play on the Mini Album "Subterranean"

Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames has been releasing album after album of excellent work. Their extended play album called Subterranean is no exception to this. The re-mastered version has four bonus songs including covers of Metallica and Iron Maiden songs. Vocalist Henke Forss does the vocals on the first five songs.

The rest of the personnel that play on this Mini Album

Performing as guests on the album are Jocke Gothburg, Per Gyllenback, and Robert Dahne. Jesper Stromblad takes care of the guitar duties along with Glenn Ljungstrom. Johann Larsson plays the bass.

A Brief Review of Subterranean

At first glance, some people may think that this is going to be some cheesy metal material but what you are about to hear on this album is nothing short of impressive. The first song called "Stand Ablaze" starts softly and transitions into one of the most impressive riffs ever!

Sometimes life becomes just so bleak that we wonder whether life was supposed to be lived in harmony. Nothing is worth ending our lives over but there are many that are not able to cope with life’s challenges. The middle section has riffing that we would hear very soon on albums such as 1997’s Whoracle but this mini album was the beginning of even more impressive work by these guys from Gothenburg, Sweden.

"The Inborn Lifeless" is the song that is called Dead God in Me on the album "The Jester Race." This is the song that ends the album The Jester Race. Also performing as guests on the album are drummers Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy) and Anders Jivarp (Dark Tranquillity).


Subterranean the Rest of the Review

The opening song called Stand Ablaze has some keyboard play in it before making a transition into a song that we are familiar with. Everdying has a terrific catchy rhythm section before the song finishes with a nice acoustic section. The melodic death metal genre is full of bands but In Flames would be at the top of most fans preferences. However, the vocals of Henke Forss are tough to understand because of their raspy nature. But in spite of this Subterranean is a good mini album to listen to. In Flames has consistently been able to provide a good contrast between the heavy and soft parts in their songs. There are also performances of a few cover songs on this release. The first one is Metallica’s Eye of the Beholder. Then, the mini album finishes with a performance of the punk style song called Murders in the Rue Morgue. However, the original version is much better than this one. These guys are just excellent at what they do! A score of 90 out of 100 is given for this mini album. However, we must give these guys even more credit with how they started that first song with the beautiful piano part which led into the melody that these guys were known for at this early stage in their careers.


"Stand Ablaze"

Vocalist of In Flames since 1996

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© 2016 Ara Vahanian


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