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In Flames has always been one of the more proficient and consistent metal bands around, releasing quality albums every two years or so. Even after the departure of integral member Jesper Strömblad in 2008 (something that would be debilitating to most bands), they released their best effort to date, Sounds Of A Playground Fading. Rejoice, metal world, for they are back with another release, Siren Charms.

In Flames are one of those bands who will be around forever. They started off in the early 90’s creating and crafting the art of Melodic Metal, a genre which has since influenced countless bands time and time again. Recently the group returned with a new record called Sounds of a Playground Fading, which hit charts all over the place – from the Top Rock Charts to the Billboard Top 200 in the States. I had a chance to sit down with front man Anders Fridén on Valentines day and ask him a thing or two about the new album, Jesper leaving the band and if Anders would be my Valentine.