|Release||April 1, 1994|
|Recorded||Autumn – Winter 1993, Studio Fredman|
|Genre||Melodic death metal, folk metal|
Lunar Strain is the debut album by Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames. In this release, vocals were sung by Mikael Stanne, the vocalist of Dark Tranquillity, who was a session musician for In Flames at the time. The album is known for its “folky elements” with the inclusion of violins and acoustic guitars. In 1999, it was re-released in Japan and included all the tracks of the Subterranean EP, under the title Lunar Strain & Subterranean.
The songs “Behind Space” & “Clad in Shadows” were remade during the recording of Colony and was released on the reissue of that album. “Clad in Shadows” also was released on the reissue of the album Whoracle.
In the 2003 Regain Records version of the re-release, the songs order differs slightly with “Clad in Shadows” being the second track shifting the rest down by one. However, the discrepancy is not apparent in album track listing, being mislabeled as the below. For Example, Track 10 on the original release “Clad In Shadows” became Track 2 on this re-release (this was not shown on the tracklist) so each track after track 2 ended up being credited as the track before, it, e.g. “Clad In Shadows”, Track 2, was still credited as “Lunar Strain”, “Lunar Strain” was credited as “Starforsaken”, and so on.
The album was re-released, and remastered with bonus tracks in 2004 under Regain Records and in 2005 under Candlelight Records USA with the same artwork but the more modern logo seen from the album Reroute to Remain to Come Clarity. The bonus tracks are actually three songs re-recorded from the band’s 1993 demo,   which contained “alternative mixed versions of the album recordings.”
Lunar Strain is the debut album by Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames. In this release, vocals were sung by Mikael Stanne, the vocalist of Dark Tranquillity, who was a session musician for In Flames at the time. The album is known for its "folky elements" with the inclusion of violins…