Lunar Strain

Lunar Strain is the debut album by Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames.

Lunar Strain
Studio album by
Released1 April 1994[1]
RecordedNovember–December 1993
StudioStudio Fredman
GenreMelodic death metal[2]
LabelWrong Again, Regain, Candlelight
ProducerIn Flames
In Flames chronology
Lunar Strain
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It is the only album not to feature Anders Fridén on vocals and Bjorn Gelotte on either drums or lead guitar. On this album only, guitarist Jesper Stromblad plays the drums, while the vocals were sung by Dark Tranquility vocalist Mikael Stanne, a session musician for In Flames at the time. He had sung with this band previously on "Demo '93". Coincidentally Fridén was the original vocalist for Dark Tranquillity and he effectively traded places with Stanne in 1995.

The album is known for its "folky elements" with the inclusion of violins and acoustic guitars.

The songs "Behind Space" & "Clad in Shadows" were rerecorded with the future lineup of this bands' future release Colony - the songs were released on the album, although both songs were renamed with '99 at the end of the titles and both songs ended up on different versions of the album with "Behind Space '99" on the standard and "Clad in Shadows '99" on the reissue. "Clad in Shadows '99" was also released on another reissue of this band's future album, Whoracle.


In 1999, it was re-released and included all the tracks from once again another of this bands' future release, Subterranean under the title Lunar Strain - Subterranean.

In the 2003 Regain Records version of the re-release, the songs order differs slightly with "Clad in Shadows" being the second track shifting the rest down by one. However, the discrepancy is not apparent in album track listing, being mislabeled as the below. For Example, Track 10 on the original release "Clad In Shadows" became Track 2 on this re-release (this was not shown on the track list) so each track after track 2 ended up being credited as the track before, it, e.g. "Clad In Shadows", Track 2, was still credited as "Lunar Strain", "Lunar Strain" was credited as "Starforsaken", and so on.

The album was re-released, and remastered with bonus tracks in 2004 under Regain Records and in 2005 under Candlelight Records USA with the same artwork but the more modern logo seen from the album Reroute to Remain to Come Clarity. The bonus tracks are actually three songs re-recorded from the band's 1993 demo,[3][4] which contained "alternative mixed versions of the album recordings."

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Mikael Stanne; all music is composed by Glenn Ljungström and Jesper Strömblad.

1994 original release
1."Behind Space"4:55
2."Lunar Strain"4:05
4."Dreamscape" (instrumental)3:45
5."Everlost (Part I)"4:17
6."Everlost (Part II)"2:57
7."Hårgalåten" (instrumental, traditional song)2:26
8."In Flames"5:33
9."Upon an Oaken Throne"2:49
10."Clad in Shadows"2:49


In Flames

Guests musicians

  • Ylva Wåhlstedt – violins, viola
  • Jennica Johansson - vocal appearance
  • Oscar Dronjak – vocal appearance
  • Anders Iwers – lead guitar (1993 Demo bonus tracks)

Technical personnel

  • Engineered by H. Bjurkvist, Fredrik Nordström and J. Karlsson.
  • Mixed by In Flames and Fredrik Nordström.
  • Premastered by StageTech.
  • Cover art and photos by Kenneth Johansson.
  • Earth photo by NASA.
  • Additional photos by Henrik Lindahl.
  • Sculpture by M. Olofgörs, installed at Näsholmen, Gotland, 1993.
  • Layout by Local Hero Music.
  • Distribution in Scandinavia by House of Kicks.

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Various 1 April 1994 CD Wrong Again
Japan 1999 CD Toy's Factory
Various 2003 CD Regain / Candelight
Various 2005 CD Regain / Candlelight


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