A trailer for “Where The Dead Ships Dwell”, the new digital single from Swedish metallers IN FLAMES containing three completely different remixes, can be seen below. With versions by German rapper Casper, drum-and-bass act THE QEMISTS and Kristof Bathory, vocalist of the black metal band DAWN OF ASHES, there should be something everyone can enjoy.
“The songs have already been made and the originals are as good as they can be, but what if I give them to an artist from a whole different genre, what would be there take on it?” says IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén. “I love collaborations like this and all the artists we worked with have done an awesome job. It’s not meant to be taken dead serious and it’s not how In Flames is gonna sound next, but I love it and I hope you’ll enjoy a twist to the formula.”
The track listing for the single is as follows:
01. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
02. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (Casper Remix)
03. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (The Qemists Remix)
04. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (Kristof Bathory – Dawn of Ashes Remix) (iTunes-exclusive track)
The remixers had this to say about the collaborations:
Casper: “Since I have been a huge IN FLAMES fan since I was a teenager, I was honored to even be considered for a remix of one of their songs from their new chart-topping album. When I used to play in metal bands, it was all about having riffs comparable to these guys and to now, as a rapper (!!!), be a part of the new single is mindblowing. We didn’t really know how to approach the material, since it is my first remix job ever, so we went the dancy French house route. I really deeply do hope that people enjoy it. Feeling blessed.”
THE QEMISTS: “From the first listen we were blown away by the whole album, so we jumped at the chance to remix one of our favorite tracks from ‘Playground’. We wanted to create something for the clubs which still embodied the spirit of this album. Going back to the original recordings rather than just having a vocal accapella allowed us to do something with the vocals which would not normally be possible on a remix, and IN FLAMES are a band who obviously like to push the boundaries, so we thought they would probably like our ideas!”
Kristof Bathory from DAWN OF ASHES: “It was quite an honor to work on this remix and add an industrial vibe to an IN FLAMES track. I feel that my evil ways definitely comes out in this remix. So for IN FLAMES fans, enjoy my devilry!”
The “Where The Dead Ships Dwell” video can be seen below. The clip was once again helmed by director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.
IN FLAMES‘ tenth album, “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”, sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.
IN FLAMES‘ previous CD, “A Sense of Purpose” (Koch) opened with 20,000 units to land at No. 28. This was slightly less than the opening tally of “Come Clarity” (Ferret), which shifted just under 24,000 copies in February 2006 to enter the chart at position No. 58.
Trailer for “Where The Dead Ships Dwell” digital single:
“Where The Dead Ships Dwell” video: