In Flames have always been for expanding what one can expect from heavy metal, and how the genre can adapt and move into new worlds. This is no more evident than on their new surprise cover EP Down, Wicked & No Good. They're kicking things off from the disc with a lyric video for their take on Depeche Mode's "It's No Good."

The original's synthy hooks have been replaced by a metallic and driving guitar riff. The '80s vibe is fully in place in the video, thanks to a car driving in a pitch black, neon accentuated street. Hearing singer Anders Friden take on Dave Gahan's original vocal work is impressive, replacing Gahan's originally airy singing with fiery, in your face stylings. It's everything one could want from a cover, paying tribute to the original while also imparting their own spin on things.

In a statement the band said, “We’ve been fans of Depeche Mode since we were as young as 10. Getting to do our rendition of ‘It’s No Good’ showed us a different side of the song – it brought new meanings to us. We relate to the lyrics and power of the song so heavily that it almost feels as if we could have written it ourselves. They’re a band that we’ve always looked up to. Growing up, you either listened to Pop, Synths or Rock and even though we are a metal band, Depeche Mode inspired a lot of the electronic elements we use in our music today.”

Also on the EP are covers of Alice In Chains' "Down in a Hole," Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" and a live cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." Each cover shows In Flames experimenting with new sounds to create something invigorating, giving a lot of life in a nice and tidy EP.

See "It's No Good" above, and stream Down, Wicked, & No Good below.


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