Siren Charms

Album: Siren Charms (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Lead singer Anders Fridén explained to Finland's Kaaos TV why In Flames chose to title their eleventh studio album after this song. "The title, 'Siren Charms', a siren is in Greek mythology," he said. "It's like a womanly creature who sings nice songs and lures sailors to the depths. And I used that kind of image to describe something in life that will charm you, and she has to symbolize the good and the evil part, so to speak. So it covers the whole album and all the theme of the album, if there's a theme. And all the different songs are around this topic."

    "[They're] not very happy songs…. I think it has a sad tone or something," he continued. "It was created under a lot of emotions and stress and inspiration as well, because of this time pressure, but it was supposed to be like that."
  • The ancient Greek myth of sea nymphs luring sailors on to rocks by their singing has been the inspiration for a number of songs. They include:

    "Sirens" by Angels & Airwaves

    "The Sirens" by Nightwish

    "Song To The Siren" by Tim Buckley

    "Home at Last" by Steely Dan.
  • In Flames stickman Daniel Svensson explained his drumming approach on Siren Charms to Metal Ignition: "This time, on 'Siren Charms', most of the songs weren't even written when we entered the studio, so I really had to push myself, 'cause I only had two weeks to record all the tracks and come up with fills and stuff like that," he said. "But when [guitarist] Björn [Gelotte] has a riff, or presents a riff, we both know how the drums should sound like for it to be 'In-Flames-ish.' And then I try not to overplay and make too many weird and fast drum fills. I try to make them more melodic and fit the music more than [make them] fast or whatever."

    "I think it's easy to ruin a song, or ruin the balance of a song, so you have to try to write tasteful fills," Svensson added. "And that's my approach [to] drumming."

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