In Flames Win Swedish Grammy Award

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Sweden's IN FLAMES was honored with the Swedish "Grammis" award in the "Best Hard Rock" category during a ceremony that was held Tuesday night (January 30) at Hovet in Stockholm. The award marks is the third Swedish Grammy the band has received in their storied history

In accepting the award, IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén asked the audience to get up on their feet.

"This is the third time IN FLAMES have won a [Swedish] Grammy and it feels extremely good," he said and joked: "Thanks a lot to the Swedish people, [distributor] Sound Pollution and all you people sitting down!"

A total of five bands were nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2006. The nominees were as follows:

BACKYARD BABIES – "People Like People Like People Like Us" (RCA)
EUROPE – "Secret Society" (T&T/Sanctuary)
HAMMERFALL – "Threshold" (Nuclear Blast)
IN FLAMES – "Come Clarity" (Nuclear Blast (Europe) / Ferret Music (North America)
THE HAUNTED – "The Dead Eye" (Century Media)

The distinguished award caps off an extremely busy year for the band in support of Come Clarity, its most recent release. U.S. sales figures for the album have recently surpassed 117,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In related IN FLAMES award news, a video clip of the band performing the song "Come Clarity" on the Swedish music awards show "Rockbjörnen" on January 11 in Stockholm, Sweden has been posted online at this location. IN FLAMES was nominated in three categories at the "Rockbjörnen" awards: "Best Swedish Band", "Best Song" and "Best Album". IN FLAMES features Anders Fridén (vocals), Björn Gelotte and Jesper Strömblad (guitars), Peter Iwers (bass) and Daniel Svensson (drums).

"every IN FLAMES song is a roaring celestial anthem" – VILLAGE VOICE

"IN FLAMES are one of the best metal bands going right now." – MTV NEWS

"exceptional" – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"big, sometimes melancholy guitar lines over gruff, frenetic riffs…thrilling" – THE NEW YORK TIMES

"a rare blend of speed, precision, heaviness and melody" – CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Sweden’s IN FLAMES summon the furious precision and inhuman detail of some possessed industrial machine, yet with a delicious and utterly visceral momentum" – LA WEEKLY

"Kings of melodic death metal and an inspiration to a sizeable majority of the U.S. metal scenes latest and greatest, IN FLAMES have been a constantly evolving metallic force over the last decade" – KERRANG!

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