According to Hits Daily Double (the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS),IN FLAMES' new album, "A Sense of Purpose" (Koch),is poised to sell around 25,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release. This is rougly in line with the opening number of its predecessor, "Come Clarity" (Ferret),which registered a first-week tally of just under 24,000 copies in February 2006 to debut at position No. 58 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Nuclear Blast Records has released a spherical labyrinth box set edition of "A Sense of Purpose". Strictly limited to 1,500 copies, the set contains a wooden spherical labyrinth (size 280 x 232 x 78 mm, outer wall 15 mm higher) including a metal ball with the IN FLAMES logo and the album plus a bonus DVD. It also comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The spherical labyrinth box set edition of "A Sense of Purpose" is available from the Nuclear Blast Mail Order.
IN FLAMES recently set a new MySpace Sweden record for the number of plays of an entire album within a one-week period. "A Sense of Purpose" was streamed 1,094,749 times for the week endng April 2, crushing the previous record on MySpace Sweden, which was held by MESHUGGAH's "ObZen" (255,000 plays)
The follow-up to 2006's "Come Clarity", "A Sense of Purpose" was recorded at the band's own IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden and was mixed by Toby Wright (METALLICA, SLAYER). The group received assistance during the vocal-recording sessions from producer Daniel Bergstrand, who previously produced the vocals on "Reroute To Remain", "Soundtrack To Your Escape" and "Come Clarity". All artwork for the album was created by Alex Pardee for ZeroFriends. Alex also created the artwork for the first single, "The Mirror's Truth".
"The Mirror's Truth", the new video from IN FLAMES, is available for viewing below. The clip was filmed in January at an abandoned factory site in Skellefte, Sweden with the Swedish company Popcore (NORMA JEAN, UNDEROATH, KHOMA, CULT OF LUNA).