Highly influential Swedish metal band IN FLAMES' new release, A Sense of Purpose debuts at #28 on Billboard's Top 200 chart this week, shifting over 20,000 units in its first week of sales. A Sense of Purpose, the quintet's debut release for KOCH Records, and ninth full length album overall, is the highest charting record in the band's sales history.
A Sense of Purpose also debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Independent Album chart and #2 on Billboard's Hard Music chart. The Billboard chart positions continue what has been a very exciting week for IN FLAMES; one that also saw the band smash both the Swedish and Nordic MySpace records for the number of plays of an entire album within a one-week period. IN FLAMES' A Sense of Purpose was streamed over 1 million times as part of its MySpace "album premiere" for the week ending April 2, 2008.
On the topic of A Sense of Purpose's first week sales and chart placements, IN FLAMES -- as a collective – comments, "It feels extremely good that Swedish metal can receive this kind of attention in the U.S. We are really looking forward to traveling to the States and to performing the new songs live on the 'Gigantour'. See you all there!"
Led by the roll out single, "The Mirror's Truth", IN FLAMES' A Sense of Purpose was released in North America on April 1 via KOCH Records. The album was recorded at the band's all new IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden and mixed by Toby Wright (Metallica, Slayer). In support of A Sense of Purpose, IN FLAMES will tour North America as one of the featured acts of "Gigantour 2008." IN FLAMES has been handpicked by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine to provide direct support to his legendary metal band on the 29 city tour that will also include Children of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy and High on Fire. "Gigantour" will kick off on April 12 in Denver, CO. A full listing of upcoming IN FLAMES tour dates follows this message.
IN FLAMES is one of the pioneers of what has become known as "the Gothenburg sound" (also referred to as "melodic death metal") and has influenced scores of metal / hard rock acts since its formation in 1990. The band has won three Grammis Awards (equivalent to Swedish Grammy Awards) and shifted over 2,000,000 albums over the course of its distinguished career.
IN FLAMES features Anders Fridén (vocals), Björn Gelotte (Guitar), Peter Iwers (Bass), Jesper Strömblad (Guitar) and Daniel Svensson (Drums).