According to Anders Fridén: from the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin


Post by: Anders Fridén, lead singer of In Flames.

Hope you’re well, music lovers. I’m three weeks into the recording of the next In Flames album. We’re in Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin and it’s fantastic. Such a legendary place, so many great musicians and producers have been within these halls. And now, I am a part of that history. Whatever that might mean to others and/or the history of music – I don’t know – but at least for me this is a big deal. I really do feel that it’s affecting us all though. It’s more than just going to a studio and hammering down the tracks. It’s like you want to perform at a higher level, with a new touch, because otherwise David Bowie or Iggy will crawl out of the walls and tell you that you suck. That would be a real mood killer….

So what’s it going to sound like? Honestly, I don’t really know at this point. The music reinvents itself every time each musician puts his hand on it and does his thing. But obviously you’ll know it’s In Flames as soon as you’ll hear the sweet melodies and snappy riffing.

One thing I can say is that I’m a bit tired of German pilsner. I’m in need of some great IPA’s and some heavy stouts, so my mission in the coming days is to find a good store that can help me quench my thirst for this fine nectar.

Since we’re in Germany I’ve had to add some German metal to the list. I’ve also added some of the artists that recorded at Hansa. I warned you that I might leave the metal field a little at some points, but this time it’s more because I rediscovered some of the artists who recorded here. Promise to be back on track next month.