In Flames are considered to be pioneers and a major influence on the melodic death metal music genre. Since the band's conception in 1990, they have received numerous awards and released nine studio albums and one live DVD. The band has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years, both in it's native Sweden and internationally. In this release, vocals were sung by Mikael Stanne, the vocalist of Dark Tranquility, who was a session musician for In Flames at the time. The album is known for it's "folksy elements" with the inclusion of violins and acoustic guitars. The bonus tracks are actually from In Flames' 1993 Promo, which contained "alternative mixed versions of the album recordings."