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Prepare for an ear-busting night of heavy metal as Swedish rockers In Flames hit Manchester on 16th October. The million-selling metallers will play Manchester Ritz on 16th October. The show comes in the wake of the release of the band's eleventh album 'Siren Charms', which was confirmed for a September release last year after hackers threatened to leak information via the band's website. In Flames quickly squashed the problem and their album, which features a shark-like ship emerging from choppy water, looks set to be a powerful return.
In Flames was conceived in 1990 by guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who wanted an outlet for work more melodic than his death metal band Ceremonial Oath. In 1993 he quit Ceremonial Oath and the first full line-up of In Flames was completed by Johan Larsson and Glenn Ljungström. The band went on to write, record and self-produce their debut album 'Lunar Strain'. It was released in 1994 with vocals from session vocalist Henke Forss. 1995 saw the band hire drummer Björn Gelotte and singer Anders Fridén, after they became tired of recording and touring with session musicians.
After the release of fourth album 'Colony' in 1999 and follow up 'Clayman' in 2000, In Flames began touring with the likes of Slipknot and Dream Theatre. They would go on to share the stage with Mötorhead, Mudvayne, Judas Priest, Slayer and Soulfly. By the mid-2000s In Flames were a staple on the heavy metal circuit, and had begun to sell lots of records. To date, they have sold a total of more than two million.
With their mascot Jester Head and a huge devoted fanbase, not to mention an extensive and million-selling back catalogue, In Flames are one of the biggest metal bands of their era. They continue to move forward and develop their melodic death metal style that was first dreamt up by Strömblad in tribute to Iron Maiden's guitar style. They'll be in Manchester to play latest album 'Siren Charms' in October. The album, and the show, promise to be as bruising as their predecessors. In Flames' UK fans are already clamouring for both.