Former In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad has gone on his Facebook page to answer a few fan-submitted questions.
Strömblad says his exit had more to do with creative differences than alcohol, and he doesn’t exactly agree with the band’s new direction.
“Will I ever return to In Flames? No one never knows what the future brings, but the chances are slim as they embarked on a different musical journey; they have a solid lineup and I’m on a totally different path in life right now.
“I would never go into details why I quit, but there is always one official story and there is the other…alcohol is a quite small part of it. That can also answer the next question, what do I think of their new stuff. Listen to The Resistance and that explains a bit of it. We simply went different directions. I need to stand behind and feel inspired with what I do 100 percent; I owe it to the fans and obviously the band.
“All respect to In Flames and their new approach, but for me the band was a guitar/riff-based melodeath band. And it’s not anymore, but still amazing musicianship and I don’t think its wrong.
“But its not the vision I had when we started out. But still all respect to them and the huge success, highly deserved! So please, I wish, change the comment from ‘come back to IF’ to ‘welcome Niklas Engelin,’ who is one of the nicest talented guys, and the one who fill my shoes perfect, and brings back an amazing energy live and personally! So there you have it.
“I do not and will never compromise with my music. I’m on a new path together with the guys in TR who made me want to play again and the good feeling of being a part of a band. Dedication, friendship, genuine passion for the music! Money, fame Grammys etc. doesnt matter a crap if U don’t have your not committed 100 percent to it.
“I also have a solo album coming up, a facebreaking EP and album with The Resistance and some other other exciting projects. So…everyone is where they belong. I’m in a band I love. IF do their thing great…all good. love you all”
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