IN FLAMES frontman Anders Friden has admitted to MTV.com that he's concerned about how the group's latest album, Reroute To Remain is being received by the band's longtime fans.
"I'm afraid that [older fans] will judge this album upon if it's a 'Gothenburg death metal album' and already make up their minds," Friden said. "It's a new metal album."
When asked what IN FLAMES have to offer the average American rock fan weaned on LIMP BIZKIT, PUDDLE OF MUDD and BLINK-182, the singer stated: "The impression I get from people is that they like the mix between melody and aggression that we have. I think that attracts a lot of people. It's just such a great record, it has a little bit of everything. It's a bridge between the '80s and 2000 and everything in between. There is a gap in between people that are kind of tired of the 'nü' sound and are ready for bands that they have never heard before. There is definitely a place for IN FLAMES."
In the same interview, Friden spoke about the group's friendship with SLIPKNOT and the mutual appreciation which led to IN FLAMES being invited to open for the masked band on both sides of the Atlantic."
"We met SLIPKNOT in Italy a couple of years ago," Anders said. "We just started talking and some of them said they were fans of our music. We were kind of surprised. We never thought that they would know about us.
"Some of [SLIPKNOT] are huge metal fans in general," Friden explained. "They're all cool, all nine of them."
IN FLAMES are currently occupying one of the support slots on SLAYER's H82K2 North American tour in what a lot of lesser groups would consider to be a less-than-ideal pairing, particularly considering the rabid nature of the latter group's fans.
"I've heard some scary stories [from support bands] about people chanting, 'SLAYER, SLAYER,' " stated Friden. "But so far, so good. I guess the people enjoy a real metal band. They see us up there working really hard for half an hour and I think people can appreciate that. It's doing really good for us. Getting us out to a lot more people who haven't heard us before. It's kind of a dream come true. I never thought I would be here 10 years ago."