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  • Awesome Art: Say what you will about A Sense of Purpose, but the illustrations for said album look splendid.
    • This goes double regarding the artwork for The Jester Race and Whoracle.
  • Broken Base:
    • When they changed their sound with their 2002 release Reroute to Remain, many longtime fans who had been following the band since they first emerged reacted negatively to their change in style, citing it as 'not being heavy enough', and describing Anders' clean singing as pussy. However, some fans loved the new sound, at times even more than the old. This conflict has led to many internet wars, particularly on heavy metal websites and on YouTube videos.
      • While RtR is the album that solidified it, it can be argued the band had been drifting towards this stylistic change already since 1999's Colony. That was the first In Flames album to feature clean singing (until then, their music consisted strictly of growling and some occasional mumbling), while the songs were noticeably less abrasive and more refined than on the prior three albums. Clayman was an even further departure from the band's roots, with Anders' growls becoming more scream-y alongside higher in tone and the music putting greater emphasis on catchiness. Reroute to Remain was simply the icing on the cake.
      • And even the fans who defended the band's post-Reroute work have reacted to the post-Jesper albums — wherein the band pretty much ditched every trace of melodeath — rather coolly.
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  • Early Installment Weirdness: While this doesn't necessarily reflect badly on the album itself, Lunar Strain is this for the band. During the production of this album In Flames was mostly an experimental side-project by members of Dark Tranquillity, and Mikael Stanne performed the vocals instead of Anders Fridén. The two would later switch positions, with Anders performing permanently as the vocalist for In Flames starting in '95 and Mikael Stanne performing the vocals for Dark Tranquillity. Consequently, Lunar Strain sounds much different from other albums in the band's discography, although the emphasis on melodic content and folk influences is readily apparent.
  • Epic Riff:
    • "Stand Ablaze", "Moonshield", "December Flower", "Jotun", "The Hive", "Scorn", "Cloud Connected", "Trigger", "Come Clarity", "Take This Life", "Scream", "Deliver Us"...so many examples....
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    • "Behind Space". That is all. For an old In Flames fan (like, who met them with Lunar Strain) this is THE Epic Riff from them.
  • Face of the Band: Anders Fridén.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: As the band is considered one of the Big 4 of Melodic Death Metal, many metalheads will ignore anything that comes after Clayman note .
  • Painful Rhyme: A common complaint regarding Anders' lyrical work during Siren Charms, particularly on "Through Oblivion":
    Anders: My destination, my mission, my intuition
  • Signature Song: "Behind Space," "Moonshield", "Only for the Weak," "Take This Life", "Deliver Us".
  • Song Association: "Deliver Us" is gaining the title of signature song probably because it was featured in Saints Row IV.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: There are parts of "Here Until Forever" that sound eerily like "Drown", particularly regarding the hook.
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  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Most of the band's recent albums have been met with this as a result of the band's shift away from the melodic death metal to alternative metal. This in turn has led to some fans moving over to rival acts such as At the Gates or The Haunted.
  • Wangst: The lyrics on their material from Reroute to Remain onward (and to a much lesser extent, Clayman) frequently stray into this.
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