The Swedish melodic death metallers In Flames reported the release date of their twelfth album "Battles" on November 11, 2016. Along with the announcement, the band shared a new track "The End", which guitarist Björn Gelotte described Decibel Magazine as "a fairly straightforward In Flames song".
The musician added: "Having said that, it’s a really positive vibe [to] the song. It’s not a slash-your-wrists kind of vibe; it makes you realize to just make sure you appreciate that moment."
"Battles" was recorded in Los Angeles under the direction of Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (Motörhead, Count Body, Sepultura). Work on the upcoming LP is reported to mark "a drastically different recording experience from Berlin-based sessions of their previous LP, 2014’s "Siren Charms".
"Siren Charms had a very dark vibe to it," Gelotte explained. "We recorded it at a cold, damp and dark time during the year in Berlin so it gave it a certain melancholy to the record. Now recording in L.A. with the sunshine it’s a different energy. The writing process was different this time, too—that I would like for us to continue to explore. Also, working with Howard and his team was great. I got stressed taking a break for even five minutes because they were always ready to go for the next take and kept my energy up."