Departure of Jesper Strömblad and 10th studio album (2010-onward)
The departure of guitarist and founding member Jesper Strömblad was announced on the band's MySpace on February 12, 2010. The parting was on good terms with Jesper stating that "I'm determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all..." and the remaining band members backing his decision. Although a replacement has yet to be announced the band has stated that they will "continue as a band" and Jesper is "far from done with music". The departure may be temporary as the band has stated that "The door to In Flames is always open to Jesper" although it was stated by Jesper that his intentions were to leave the band permanently.
According to an update on their official website posted on February 24, 2010, they are taking a break right now to spend time with families and prepare for their two festivals next summer whilst also slowly writing songs for a new album.
In an interview with Pendulum frontman Rob Swire, it was confirmed that In Flames were a collaborator for Pendulum's third studio album, Immersion. Before this interview, it was hinted in an image which showed some of the members of In Flames in Pendulum's studio with Rob Swire and bass guitarist Gareth McGrillen, which started speculation. The song is titled "Self versus Self" and is one of three collaborations on the album.
According to a posting on In Flames official Twitter feed, they will enter IF Studios in Gothenburg around October 11 to start recording their new alb