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A Sense of Purpose
Studio album by In Flames
Released April 1, 2008
Recorded September–November 2007
Genre Melodic death metal, alternative metal, progressive metal
Length 47:59
Label Nuclear Blast, Koch
Producer In Flames, Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand
Professional reviews
In Flames chronology
Come Clarity
A Sense of Purpose
Singles from A Sense of Purpose
  1. "The Mirror's Truth"
    Released: March 7, 2008
  2. "Alias"
    Released: September 1, 2008 (download single)[1]
  3. "Delight and Angers"
    Released: March 25, 2009

A Sense of Purpose is the ninth studio album by melodic death metal band In Flames. The album was released in Europe on April 4, 2008 through Nuclear Blast and through Koch Records in North America on April 1.[2] The album was also released in a limited edition boxset version of which only 1500 copies were made. This release became available on the same day as the European release.[3] This is the band's last album to feature any of the original band members (founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad quit in early 2010).

The lead single "The Mirror's Truth" was officially released on March 7, 2008. The album also received a Parental Advisory label[4], making the album the only In Flames album to have explicit lyrics since Lunar Strain except for the song "Watch Them Feed" from their Trigger EP. The album is the first studio album since Clayman to feature the band's icon, the "Jester Head", on the cover art. The song "The Chosen Pessimist" is the longest recorded In Flames song.

On April 10, the album debuted at number 1 on the official Swedish album chart. It also debuted at number 28 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. According to, A Sense of Purpose has sold 295,000 copies worldwide.

On the limited edition of the album, the bonus DVD that comes with the CD is a 160-minute making of the album documentary. In the documentary, it is stated that they recorded 17 songs and used 12 for the album and another three for the single. This makes two previously unknown songs that have not been released yet. In honor of the launch of the album, In Flames launched a special fansite that uses the In Flames icon, the "Jester Head."[5][1] The artwork for the album cover was done by Alex Pardee, who has created all the cover art for The Used and Aiden's album Conviction.[6]

In 2009 the album sold gold in Sweden.


Musical style

Similar to previous In Flames albums, A Sense Of Purpose showcased the band's influence to combine many elements such as rich keyboard use and distinct melodies, with thrash and heavy metal sounds. The album also displayed an overall lighter atmosphere than their previous effort, Come Clarity. A Sense Of Purpose contains the band's longest recorded song to date, The Chosen Pessimist.

In an interview with Björn Gelotte, had this to say about the album:

It’s awesome. It’s energetic, melodic, pretty much in the same vein. But we always try to mix it up a bit and try to put some dynamics into the songs, even though they are very intense. If you’ve heard the previous ones, you pretty much know what vein we’re going to be. It’s just a matter of small experiments in different songs. [7]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Anders Fridén, Björn Gelotte and Jesper Strömblad

# Title Length
1. "The Mirror's Truth"   3:02
2. "Disconnected"   3:37
3. "Sleepless Again"   4:12
4. "Alias"   4:53
5. "I'm the Highway"   3:46
6. "Delight and Angers"   3:41
7. "Move Through Me"   3:08
8. "The Chosen Pessimist"   8:16
9. "Sober and Irrelevant"   3:24
10. "Condemned"   3:36
11. "Drenched in Fear"   3:32
12. "March to the Shore"   3:30
Japanese and Tour Edition bonus tracks
# Title Length
13. "Eraser[Note 1]"   3:22
14. "Tilt[Note 1]"   3:49
15. "Abnegation[Note 1]"   3:43
  1. ^ a b c Also featured on "The Mirror's Truth" single.[8]


  • Anders Fridénvocals
  • Jesper Strömbladguitar, backing vocals
  • Björn Gelotteguitar, backing vocals
  • Peter Iwersbass guitar
  • Daniel Svenssondrums
  • Recorded at IF Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Produced by In Flames, Roberto Laghi and Daniel Bergstrand
  • Mixed by Toby Wright
  • Assisted by James Musshorn at Skip Saylor Recordings, Los Angeles, California
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering Studios, Hollywood, California
  • Drum Recording - Roberto Laghi
  • Vocal Recording - Daniel Bergstrand and Anders Fridén
  • Bass Recording - Roberto Laghi
  • Guitar Recording - Roberto Laghi, Björn Gelotte and Jesper Strömblad
  • Additional drum editing - Arnold Linberg
  • Keys and programming - Örjan Örnkloo at Wasteland Studios
  • Written by Anders Fridén, Björn Gelotte, Jesper Strömblad
  • Arranged by In Flames
  • All songs published by Kobalt Music
  • Illustrations, art direction and design by Alex Pardee for ZeroFriends


Year Chart Position
2008 The Billboard 200 28
UK Top 75 54
Sweden 1
Finland 3
Canada 7
Japan 14
Germany 6




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