Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Every Shirt LXV: In Flames

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shirt: In Flames - Clayman/Nightmare Before Christmas
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2001
provenance: catalog

A leftover from the band's tour on this record at the end of 2000 -- which I did not go to, being in school in Maine, broke, and absolutely without reasonable transport -- this was raked in with a couple other shirts in that order in early '01. It's seen a fair amount of wear because it for whatever reason tended to float at the top of the shirt piles and became a kind of utility shirt.

This shirt has, oddly, improved with age. As In Flames continues to fall off the cliff, the "last good In Flames record" consensus keeps shifting futureward; you can still find a few pre-Jester Race types who are trying deliberately to be kvlt, but the majority has gotten past Colony and is holding out on this one. The body of terrible material on Reroute... will probably draw a bright line there, but what the hell do I know?

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