NewsFebruary 12, 2010 6:09 PM ET7,073 views

In Flames founder, guitarist quits band

In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who founded the group in 1993, has announced his departure from the group: "I have decided it is best for me to leave In Flames and to quit the band permanently. The last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey, with the most talented and amazing people anyone can wish to have the privilege to work with. I'm also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the BEST fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I’m determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all.... and by the help from you guys, I'm on my way. I'm far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future. The remaining members of the group had the following to say: "We are losing a great guitar player and musician, but in order to keep a very dear friend this is probably for the best. If this feels right for Jesper we are behind him 100% on his decision. It is way too early to speculate about the future and possible replacements and things like that. However, we can assure you that In Flames will continue as a band, release albums and tour the World. The door to In Flames is always open to Jesper. We are, and will always be behind Jesper 100% on his way to recovery."


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carsonslovak 2/12/2010 3:12:46 PM


WhoaDude 2/12/2010 3:20:05 PM

In Rehab...

metaljohn 2/12/2010 3:21:08 PM

they tried to make me go to rehab and i said yeah yeah yeah

YouGotScanned 2/12/2010 3:31:00 PM

Eh, I stopped listening after Reroute to Remain.

TripleSix 2/12/2010 3:33:24 PM

Jesper is a cool guy, but I would've cared about this news pre-Clayman.

meanmuggin 2/12/2010 3:48:14 PM

Wait, he was there for the transition to numetal? Would have cared in 2003

chicken_gang_bang 2/12/2010 3:51:04 PM

he was guided by the pinball map

Macgruder 2/12/2010 3:55:17 PM

from green to red his days passed by

scruff_mcgruff 2/12/2010 3:56:04 PM

it was the dark binds him

Gods_Cock 2/12/2010 3:56:29 PM

pshh, shits only for the weak

scruff_mcgruff 2/12/2010 3:56:56 PM


HBDad 2/12/2010 3:57:31 PM

Great band and I have the utmost respect for all parties involved standing behind each other. I hope Jesper the best.

xThizzelle_Washingtonx 2/12/2010 3:59:42 PM

what an ordinary story

casketofaids 2/12/2010 4:09:40 PM

LOL terrible band

hall_of_wax 2/12/2010 4:09:43 PM

Gods_c-ck 2/12/2010 3:56:29 PM pshh, shits only for the weak

thrash666 2/12/2010 4:36:29 PM

no care ever

ChristShit555 2/12/2010 4:36:47 PM

I'm bringing it back................BandFlip

xslick_mcfavoritex 2/12/2010 5:23:16 PM

I'm willing to bet everyone of you hipster dick heads at least flirted with In Flames and some point on your journey to whatever shitty, obscure blackened/death/doom/grind shit fest you're now claiming you were in on the ground floor on, now.

scene_not_heard 2/12/2010 5:26:34 PM

TripleSix 2/12/2010 3:33:24 PM Jesper is a cool guy, but I would've cared about this news pre-Clayman.

Har_Har 2/12/2010 6:25:06 PM

The Jesper Race

bringer_des_blutes 2/12/2010 6:37:19 PM

pretty crazy news.

SyracuseMetalNerd 2/12/2010 7:38:30 PM

Although they never topped Jester Race, I have always, and will always support this band for being groundbreaking and doing what they want. Jesper will be missed, hope he finds what he is looking.

xLionHeartx 2/12/2010 8:03:07 PM

Thank God. Shit band.

ayguy 2/13/2010 12:38:05 AM

everyone thinks it's cool to like this band before they xsoldoutx

deadendroadz1 2/13/2010 1:01:36 AM

don't quit!

deadflag 2/13/2010 3:30:20 AM

xslick_mcfavoritex 2/12/2010 5:23:16 PM <---- lol at this because it is me who is described. also, "everyone" is two different words when addressing multiple people in an accusatory way. also, i am gay.

Chaosweaver 2/13/2010 3:38:40 AM

Go back to Dimension Zero. Make another Silent Night Fever.

ampsonhigh 2/13/2010 3:51:14 AM

Who the fck is Syracusemetalnerd and what is he breathing?

ampsonhigh 2/13/2010 3:51:41 AM


pukeskywalker 2/13/2010 9:12:53 AM

behind all galaxies / through timeless aenos of frost / unearthly hunger / for coke

cock_grenade 2/13/2010 10:14:04 AM

YouGotScanned 2/12/2010 3:31:00 PM Eh, I stopped listening after Reroute to Remain.

cryptic_slaughter 2/13/2010 6:29:56 PM


shitfaceburger 2/14/2010 11:25:11 AM

this is sad news for what ever reason it is. Inflames have done a lot for people in the music scene. Jesper Strömblad played a huge role in that, i hope that if the rehab comment is true, the wait for him.

baobab 2/14/2010 12:44:42 PM

Smart guy, he stayed with them long after they got shitty. GET DAT $KRILLA

LoydChristmas 2/14/2010 3:33:35 PM

Take this guy. From my baaaand. Stay awhile and breeaathe it in

xxWEEDxx 2/14/2010 7:36:23 PM

Jesper was In Flames, I don't see why it should still be a band.

brbabc 2/15/2010 5:52:11 AM

They really shouldn't put another album out

warnerve 6/16/2010 6:13:48 PM

sold out or numetal, whatever. they're still makin money and livin the life while you sit at ur gay parents house makin obsolete opinions on lambgoat. get a job and taco bell doesn't count.

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