A whirlwind of Arabic percussion and the magical sound of ancient oriental string instruments lead into a crushing riff of deadly electric guitars. Thus opens "Salam" ("Peace") the second album
of ARKAN – a Parisian Metal band founded by Foued Moukid in the year 2005.
The former drummer of the late THE OLD DEAD TREE raised ARKAN with a clear vision in mind: to amalgamate melodic Death Metal with Oriental traditions, whose roots reach
deep down into the ethnic sounds of Algeria and Morocco and into these young musicians. Their debut "Hilal" (2008) received high praise for its originality and mature songwriting. Now "Salam"
witnesses ARKAN reaching an even higher level of mastery. The sounds of East and West, the melodies of North and South are expertly woven together into colourful song
Florent Jannier's deep growls now find their beautiful counterpart in the haunting clear voice of Sarah Layssac, who already supported the band on tour. ARKAN give true meaning
to the term Oriental Death Metal. The excellent production by Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR) in Studio Fredman and a gripping guest appearance of Kobi
Farhi (ORPHANED LAND) provide the perfect finish for this masterpiece. Experience the mystical force of the Maghreb ("Place of Sunset") clad in the strength of modern Metal.
ARKAN give you "Salam"!
The band ARKAN will also open for Paradise Lost April sunday 3rd in Paris Bataclan.
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of IN FLAMES. "We are very happy to make IN FLAMES part of the Century Media Family.
The band has a very loyal international fan base and has found a partner with an international set up," says Antje Lange, Century Media Records.
"This is number 10..... Album number 10!!!!! That we even made it this far, that is amazing. Then, to deliver the album of our career that is something else..... It's fast, slow, heavy and
mellow. It's happy, sad, angry and calm. Sounds of a playground Fading is everything we ever done on crack (it’s a metaphor boys and girls), it's cask strength whisky when it's THAT perfect
moment. Use and abuse!!!!!
By the way, we are happy to be in bed with Century media. They know the business we know the music, a perfect match. What can possibly go wrong....ha, ha, ha!!!!!!" - Anders Fridén/In
IN FLAMES were founded 1990 in Gothenburg and soon became one of the most successful Swedish Metal bands since the release of their break-through album "The Jester Race" in 1996. Like many of the
predecessors, their last album "A Sense Of Purpose" (2008) charted all over the world including the band¹s highest ever entry on the American Billboard top 200 with an amazing #28. Other notable
chart entries: Sweden #1, European Billboard top 100 #7, Canada Billboard top 200 # 7, Germany #6, UK (top 200) #54, Finland #3, Japan #14, and Norway# 17. "A Sense Of Purpose" was at the time of
release the 7th most sold album in the whole of Europe.
In September 2010 IN FLAMES once again entered their own IF Studios together with Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo to start the recording of the new album. The album "Sounds Of
A Playground Fading" will be out on the following dates:
June 15th – Sweden
June 17th – Germany
June 20th – Rest Of Europe
June 21st – North America
Around the time IN FLAMES will play some of the most important European summer festivals (Sonisphere, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park, Hellfest, and more), followed by the Rockstar Mayhem US tour in
July and an European tour in Fall/Winter 2011.
Expect nothing but the maximum when one of biggest metal bands teams up with one of biggest worldwide metal labels.