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Lunar Strain

In Flames Audio CD
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1. Behind Space
2. Lunar Strain
3. Starforsaken
4. Dreamscape
5. Ever Lost
6. Ever Lost
7. Hargalaten
8. In Flames
9. Upon an Oaken Throne
10. Clad In Shadows
11. In Flames
12. Upon an Oaken Throne
13. Acoustic Piece
14. Clad In Shadows

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2.0 out of 5 stars This is not 'Colony' Dec 9 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you're expecting the awesomeness of 'Whoreacle' or 'Colony' or 'Black Ash Inheritence', as I was, you're going to be incredibly disappointed. If on the other hand you really have to hear what a young Jesper was up to right after puberty, before he learned how to write good material and actually play well, then this CD is for you.

This is not an indication of what 'In Flames' was to become by any stretch, as the lineup changed considerably after this. Of course if you like early death metal then you'll probably like this. It is what it is, but what it is ain't good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk/Melodic death metal June 29 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I know that most of you In Flames fans have heard The Jester Race, Whoracle, or Colony, but If you have not yet heard Lunar Strain, then that's something you should strive for. This album contains many different elements to combine one sound. This was when the In Flames sound was born. A sound in which even today, they can still keep. This album is in many ways perfect and I strongly recommend that you buy it. You can thank me later.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - strong debut, weak reissue Feb. 17 2006
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1994's Lunar Strain was the debut release by Swedish melodic death metal legends In Flames. The band's helped define what is known as the Gothenburg style of melodic death metal, but in the early days they stuck pretty close to the formula At the Gates laid down. It's melodic, but much harsher and heavier than the band's later work. It's somewhat rougher too. In Flames was still coming together and hadn't finalized their lineup when this was released. Dark Tranquillity's Michael Stanne was enlisted as a guest vocalist for this album.

Lunar Strain isn't as essential as In Flames' later albums, but it's an important album and is still well worth hearing if you're a fan of the band or melodic death metal in general. Those who think In Flames got too accessible with The Jester Race and Whoracle: Reloaded will no doubt prefer Lunar Strain.

Edition Notes: Candlelight reissued Lunar Strain (and, separately, Subterranean) in 2005. The album has been digitally remastered (a real plus) and there are four bonus tracks. The bonus tracks are the band's 1993 demo recordings. They're interesting, but probably aren't anything you'll need to hear more than once. The liner notes are the most disappointing element of this reissue. There are no lyrics, nothing from the band on what was going on at the time, not even any songwriting credits.

Edition Notes 2: Lunar Strain was reissued yet again in 2009, this time by Regain. It's the same reissue as Candlelight's, only now it comes in a digipack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ty from my son July 19 2012
By Claudia J. Frier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, my son is into In Flames as well as others like them and so I thought I'd by this for him. He loves it. Thanks for having it and having it so cheap! He likes to listen to this cd while he practices basketball, rides his rip stick in the driveway, digs for worms for fishing... Thought he was never gonna let go of me in hug form once I gave it to him. Almost squeezed me to hard. lmao
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid debut by an important band. May 21 2006
By Ben Stubbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In Flames' first release is certainly an interesting one. While the band are commonly considered to be pioneers of the melodic death sound along with Dark Tranquillity and At the Gates (all Swedish), their early work displayed many other facets that helped to grace the metal world with classy, intelligent death metal. Lunar Strain showcases the band at their most inventive, lacking the fear for experimentation that seems to have dulled their later releases.

After pressing play, the very first thing that enters my mind is Dark Tranquillity. Not only do they have many musical similarities, but Dark Tranquillity's vocalist Mikael Stanne is also present, making the likeness even stronger. In a strange twist of events, In Flames' later vocalist Anders Friden was at the time of this release the vocalist for none other than Dark Tranquillity. Putting the incest-like nature of the bands aside, I'll move on.

The Swedish outfit have generally riff driven tracks, yet are certainly not afraid to bring on some impressive lead-work. It's the melodies that make this album so catchy and it's the variety that allows it to still sound fresh even today. With a female vocal led ballad (Everlost Part II), a ripping thrash track (Upon an Oaken Throne), a doom-driven slab (Everlost Part I) along with their trademark Gothenburg death metal sound mean the listener never gets bored. Even if not everything they attempt on Lunar Strain works completely (the folkish "Hargalaten" a prime example), I still give them a whole lot of marks for effort.

Highlights for me include the album opener "Behind Space", "Everlost Part I" and Upon an Oaken Throne", but there's something here for everyone.

Lunar Strain is by no means their best album, but it's a great introduction to a hugely successful band, and should not be set below their more commercial work that would split their fan-base many years later.
1.0 out of 5 stars I love In Flames Aug. 29 2014
By Matt B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First off, I love In Flames, I love this album, the 1 star review is for the product not the content. Below is a comment I left on the other persons 1 star review about the track listing error, but I wanted to make sure people saw this.

Track 10 was put into the track 2 spot, and track 2-9 was pushed up one, then tracks 11-14 are fine. The track listing shown is right for the original release, but for the 2005 remastered re-release (sold under Candlelight USA and Regain Records) they changed the actual song order but not track listing on the back cover. That has screwed up everything. If you try to Shazam the songs they come up with the incorrect titles as does dBPowerAmp (ripper program), Windows Media Player and iTunes. Here's the real track list.

1. Behind Space
2. Clad in Shadows
3. Lunar Strain
4. Starforsaken
5. Dreamscape
6. Everlost pt 1
7. Everlost pt 2
8. Hargalaten
9. In Flames
10.Upon an Oaken Throne
11. In Flames
12. Upon an Oaken Throne
13. Acoustic Piece
14. Clad in Shadows
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