In Flames: Race with Fire
After leaving Ceremonial Oath in the late '80s to form In Flames, founding member and guitarist Jesper Stromblad saw this project as a way of expressing his song writing creativity rather than being stuck in the background. With his added influences of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and his own touch of aggressive metal acts that overwhelmed home country of Sweden, Wrong Again Records took notice and released In Flame's 1993 debut Lunar Strain. In the tradition of many other Swedish metal acts, In Flames also had a revolving line up that changed year after year, not that this was going to stop them from releasing their next album, Subterranean (1994), before signing to Nuclear Blast Records in 1996. After putting out The Jester Race album later on that year followed by 1997's Whoracle, In Flame's line up was finally settled with Bjorn Gelotte (drums), Anders Friden (vocals), Peter Iwers (bass) and David Svensson (drums). To celebrate, the band released their sixth album Colony in 1999. Clayman followed in the same vein the next year, and the band even managed to keep the same lineup for this release. The live Tokyo Showdown appeared to promote their tour in 2001.