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  • Audio CD (April 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B0013DHHHM
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. The Mirror's Truth
2. Disconnected
3. Sleepless Again
4. Alias
5. I'm the Highway
6. Delight and Angers
7. Move Through Me
8. The Chosen Pessimist
9. Sober and Irrelevant
10. Condemned
11. Drenched In Fear
12. March To the Shore

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Explicit Version. A Sense of Purpose is trademark of In Flames catchy melodic riffs abound, Anders Frid‚n's signature rasp is in full form, and electronic beeps, bleeps,plus synth pads flesh out that unmistakable In Flames sound. The fist-raising anthems are here, but we've heard them all before. Sure, for long-time In Flames devotees, living album-to-album like junkies waiting for their next fix, A Sense of Purpose is a welcome and familiar dose of melodic industrial death metal.

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Format: Audio CD
Fans of In Flames are divided between those who long for a return to the pure melodic death metal stylings from the Jester Race/Whoracle era and newer fans who have been attracted to their more mainstream sound since Reroute to Remain. A Sense of Purpose will probably be a disappointment to those who think Whoracle was the pinnacle of melodic death metal. The band retains their newer sound throughout this album with simpler song structures and Anders doesn't have the same death metal growl he once had, preferring to use cleaner vocals and the "Anders Yelp".

The sound is similar to RTR with tinges of old In Flames, particularly on "I'm the Highway", "Drenched in Fear" and"March to the Shore" where Jesper and Bjorn treat the listener to some excellent riffage and even bring back the classic dual guitar harmonies at times. "Sleepless Again" and the interlude in "Alias" got me excited as it was reminiscent of Acoustic Medley-era songwriting but quickly transitioned to modern In Flames. The album works overall although some may say that "The Chosen Pessimist" doesn't fit mid-album with it's slowed tempos. The weak spot on the album is "Disconnected" where Anders lyrics are pretty'll see for yourself. I found myself longing for the days when IF lyrics dealt with sci-fi themes rather than this new angst-ridden material. I would have given this album 3.5 stars given the option.

Fans of more recent In Flames albums will enjoy this one but don't expect another Colony or Whoracle or you will be disappointed. Lets face it, musical integrity is one thing but if you want to make it in the music business, you have to pander to the common denominator. In Flames has put out a decent disc that keeps them moving forward and I'd rather listen to this album than no new In Flames at all.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31a0588) out of 5 stars Guess what, people? May 16 2008
By Justin G. - Published on
Format: Audio CD

I would have thought that the band's last four albums had made this perfectly clear, but apparently some people still haven't gotten the message. I understand why people are upset by this fact. These newer In Flames albums are never going to be as impressive, important, or as flat-out incredible as the Jester Race/Whoracle/Colony era albums. Still, the writing was on the wall as far back as Clayman. In Flames was taking their music in a new direction, and it's your choice either to jump off (and believe me, after Soundtrack to Your Escape I considered doing just that) or come along for the ride. The band certainly isn't forcing anyone to buy their albums.

If you can get past the fact that the old In Flames isn't coming back, you may be surprised at just how good some of these newer albums are. A Sense of Purpose is still heavy, it's still melodic, and it's still undeniably a metal album. For me the ultimate test is how the album makes me feel when I have it blasting in the car, and from the very start this album had me banging my head and wishing I knew the lyrics so I could scream along. There are some wickedly catchy hooks and melodies on this album (Move through Me is a great example), and while I miss the old death metal vocals, Anders Friden's voice still packs plenty of punch. Most of these songs are short, vicious bursts of aggression, but the symphonic elements of the 8-minute "A Chosen Pessimist" were an interesting (and impressive) surprise.

The bottom line is that A Sense of Purpose is a good metal album. If it resembles nu-metal/metalcore/whatever more than melodic death metal, then so be it. I'd rather have In Flames continue to make records they believe in than return to a style they outgrew just to please a specific group of fans. If they gain more fans and (somewhat) mainstream recognition along the way, well, I don't think anyone can argue that they haven't worked hard for it.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31a2264) out of 5 stars Its not Colony but it still rocks April 24 2008
By Spike - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to be honest..........I didnt really like the new album all that much when I first heard it. However, it grows on you. I can say that it is not Jester Race, Whoracle or Colony. Thank God it is not Reroute to least favorite In Flames album. I would say A Sense of Purpose is a combination of Clayman and Soundtrack to your Escape. If you didnt like those albums, then dont buy this one. Their last few albums have been very good, and in some instances groundbreaking. Lets remember one thing though. No two In Flames albums are alike. If you take Whoracle and compare it to Soundtrack to Your Escacpe you would think it was a different band. If you take Jester Race and Compare it with Colony you would think they had a different singer. If you take any album they have made and compare it with Reroute to Remain you would be confused. That kind of variety does not make it bad music, it keeps the music fresh and interesting. In Flames still has a signature guitar sound, with melodic riffs and heavy licks. Lets face it, most guys who play guitar would give their left arm to play like Jesper and Bjorn. Give the album a chance because it rocks hard and you can sing along with it. Gone are the days of singing about "Insectiod Eyes". Its about time an extreme metal act gets credit for writing incredible music AND great lyrics.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31a2e94) out of 5 stars It will grow on you! May 22 2008
By Alex - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely love the new In Flames album. The first listen I was a bit disappointed, it just didn't sound like what I had expected. HOWEVER, after a 2nd a 3rd listen, the album really began to grow on me.

Their sound is incredibly advanced and refined for this album. After a couple listens, their last few albums began to sound stale and one-dimensional. Their old old stuff (colony, whoracle, etc) is still fantastic, but this is a different beast. There is just so much energy in their music, it is truly incredible.

I love how each new album they put out is completely different from the last. I love the surprise of the new sound they continue to come up with, yet it still remains easily distinguishable as the In Flames sound. In Flames is a band that truly progresses in each successive album, and I totally respect that. Bands that never change eventually die out. People like to be surprised. That is why people like In Flames.

Also, In Flames continues to put on one of the best live performances I have seen! If you get a chance to see them live in a small venue, take it!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31a7270) out of 5 stars keeps growing on you........creative April 12 2008
By E. Marrero - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Inflames in 2000 with their release of Clayman. That album is still on my top ten list of all time. Needless to say, Clayman is still my favorite Inflames album. ASOP is their best work since R2R and definately much better than their last album "Come clarity". The first half of the album is stronger than the second half, but it could possibly feel that way since I haven't invested much time in the second half since the first half is so great. ASOP is not easily comparable to any other Inflames album and Anders took a giant leap in direction on this album just as they did from Colony to Clayman as far as creativity and risks. Remeber many cried sellout when they first came out with Clayman and I thought there was nothing like it out there and that is what makes it special. If you are looking for a typical brutal death metal album buy the new dismember not the Inflames, but trust me ASOP will grow on you and become one of your favs for 2008. EM
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31a7354) out of 5 stars A solid album April 22 2008
By Metalhammer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ok first off I have to say that I'm not a huge In Flames fan. I'm liking them more as I listen to them, but I only discovered them about four months ago. I have a mixed cd with about 21 songs from Whoracle through Come Clarity and that was enough for me, so I thought. When I first heard this band I had also recently got into Soilwork and I've been familliar with Killswitch Engage, not saying these guys sound exactly the same or anything, but that what I'm guessing is called a metalcore sound was kind of getting old for me. Even still I was able to find several songs that I enjoyed, but I never expected to like an album as much by these guys as I do this one.

My first thought when hearing this was that a lot of old fans will probably hate it. There are no death metal influences on this one. The vocals are a mix of singing and half screaming. I'm very impressed with the music on this one. The guitars are great, filled with great riffs and a lot of great melodies and solos. The drumming is also solid, especially in the first track "Mirror's truth."

Some will note that a lot of these songs sound the same, and to an extent that may be true, but for me there's enough variations to enjoy each song as its own. Some of the lyrics could have been better. "I feel like sh't but at least I feel something," is quite cringe worthy. I wouldn't mind it in a verse, but in a chorus it just doesn't work as well. Fortunately the song is quite catchy and I enjoy it in spite of the lyrics.

So far Alias is my favorite song of 08. I love the vocals especially in the chorus. I also really enjoy the lyrics in the chorus. There's a great acoustic section as well.

My only other minor complaint is that the sound of the guitars could have been heavier. I guess they wanted to emphasize the melodies, but I think they could have done that with a heavier sound, but that's just a minor complaint.

For me Ireally like this album. It's a solid metal album filled with catchy songs. If you're looking for a metalcore album or death metal album then this isn't it, but if you're looking for a collection of solid tunes that you can listen to again and again then give this a try.