Sweden's IN FLAMES is preparing to launch a North American headlining tour in support of its critically acclaimed album "Come Clarity". Support on the trek, which will launch on December 5, will come from LACUNA COIL, THE SWORD and SEEMLESS.
As the Swedish metal titans prepare to depart Europe for the tour, the band has collectively issued a statement as to the temporarily modified touring lineup that will be in place for the headlining jaunt:
"For the upcoming North American tour, Björn [Gelotte, guitar] will be sitting out as his wife is due to give birth to their second child. Substituting on guitar will be our good friend Henrik Danhage from EVERGREY. We initially planned to have Jesper [Strömblad, guitar] with us as always on tour, but as previously reported, he is taking the rest of the year off due to personal reasons. As a result, Niklas Engelin (PASSENGER, ENGEL) is filling in for him all the dates through December 20. So to clarify for those who might be wondering, IN FLAMES is in no way breaking up, nor are these changes anything but temporary. We simply didn't want to disappoint anyone, including our loyal fans, so all shows that were booked prior to these circumstances will be done with the above-named session guitarists. New shows/tours are being booked for next year as we speak, featuring the five of us, so stop worrying (speculating, gossiping) and we'll see you all very soon."
IN FLAMES' new single — for the album's title track, "Come Clarity" — is seeing success at Active Rock radio with the launch of the first U.S. commercial campaign in the band's storied history. The video for the single was directed by Lex Halaby (MUDVAYNE, HOOBASTANK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and has been posted online for viewing at this location.
"Come Clarity", the highly-influential Swedish band's debut for Ferret Music, took the hard rock community by storm upon its release, debuting at No. 58 on The Billboard 200, with first-week sales of nearly 25,000 copies. The highest-charting record in both the band and label's sales history, "Come Clarity" has sold more than 110,000 copies in the United States to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.