In Flames vocalist Anders Friden and guitarist Niclas Engelin were recently interviewed by The Rave TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can watch the chat below.
Speaking about how different it is for young metal fans to check out new bands and albums today compared to how it was when the members of In Flames were growing up, Niclas said, “I think the magic is gone somehow. Because when I was a kid, you had to search for [new bands and records]. And then you could see an ad. For example, [if] Dio was releasing a new album, ‘The Last In Line’… Oh, it will be out during the fall. Then you went for the whole summer just waiting for it. And then you could some ads, you could see how it looked, the cover artwork. You were building up something. That’s a little bit gone.”
Anders added, “I skipped school just to be there when [Metallica] released ‘…And Justice For All’. It was so, so important. And you couldn’t get it in advance. You might have heard some songs on the radio. Being Swedish, we didn’t have that many radio shows anyway. At the same time, I must say, it’s hard for us to get into the minds of the young people today. I mean, they have a different way. I mean, fuck, we started before the Internet [existed], which is pretty crazy to say. It doesn’t say anything about our age, but… Nah, but it’s… Kids today have a different way, and for them, that’s their way.”
“I remember I could go to record stores and stand there for hours and hours, with piles of vinyls and just listening through. I bought one [album], maybe two [albums at a time], if I was lucky. And it was such a great feeling going home with that vinyl, instead of today when everything is there; it’s out there for anyone to grab. And also, what [Niclas] said, the magic is gone somehow… according to us.”
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