The End

Album: Battles (2016)
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  • The lead single from Battles, In Flames guitarist Björn Gelotte described "The End" as "a fairly straightforward In Flames song."

    "Having said that," he added, "it's a really positive vibe [to] the song. It's not a slash-your-wrists kind of vibe; it makes you realize to just make sure you appreciate that moment."
  • The song imagines a person's thoughts who knows they are about to die. Vocalist Anders Friden explained to Metal Hammer:

    "You're going to die in five minutes, what are your thoughts? Are you happy with your life? Do you feel you've done everything you could? Do you want to relive it? And how important is it that we talk to each other and treat each other in a good way? It's sort of questioning, 'Have we done everything that we could?'

    "In today's society everything is so fast, it's like, 'Next one, next one, next one…' All we judge other people on is the way they look, the last vacation they've been on, the last beer they've had… with social media, what I want you to see is how happy I am, how great my life might be," Friden continued. "It's very superficial and we never say, 'Dude, you're a really friendly person, you're good to me, I like the way you help others'. That's sort of where that inspiration comes from. Like the world is getting more and more hostile and that's not where we should be."

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