The Japenese version of the debut release by In Flames is quite good value if you want my opinion- mainly due to the fact that not only are all the classic debut albumn tracks on this release, but the bonus tracks included are of the entire 'Subterranean ep'(the band's second release)with an added demo track! The European versions of the first two In Flames releases have been out of print for 4 years now- mainly due to the label this was pressed on(Wrong Again Records) going bankrupt in 1996, so here is your chance to get hold of them on 1 cd!
The actual material on this cd is typical of older Swedish death/black metal, but with a couple of differences! The music is typically 'Dissection' inspired(as many other groups in this scene were in the period elapsing from 1994 to now!), although is more melodic with softer guitars and less extreme vocals(still throat ripping stuff though). In fact, this band in a way pioneered this melodic death metal scene which has kicked off lately, so they have introduced a couple of original twists by adding to the Dissection sound. Of all the groups that were prentenders to Dissections mighty throne, In Flames were about the best runner up in my opinion because the first 2 albumns(and all their other releases in fact) were quite excellent. Sure, this has dated slightly by todays standards, because so many groups in the black\death metal scene have drowned their music with keyboards- this release hardly has any keyboards! This is technical death\black metal, with twin lead guitars, harmonic overtones, and good vocal performance. I personally rate the first 2 releases as In Flames finest, purely due to the presence of very good material, and very few poor songs. There are even some folky elements to the music which is a nice touch! This release is not perfect though, because the material is not the greatest I have ever heard by a long shot(things in the metal scene have chnged, and many bands have managed to improve on this sound). But, if you want a good sounding, solid performance melodic death/black albumn, then this is bound to impress you.
In a nutshell, I think this is an excellent release that I have listened to several times since buying it. The material on this albumn is comparable to 'Dissection','Dawn','Mork Gryning', 'Non Serviam','Unanimated'....etc.