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Fridén was the original lead vocalist for Dark Tranquillity, but left them. 2 years later he joined In Flames. Coincidentally Mikael Stanne had left In Flames (being only a session player) and switched from rhythm guitar to lead vocals in Dark Tranquillity, and the two essentially traded places. Anders was also the lead vocalist for another band known as Ceremonial Oath with founding father In Flames bandmate Jesper Strömblad.
1995-present: In Flames
Fridén started with In Flames on the 1995 album The Jester Race. On the album Whoracle, Niklas Sundin (of Dark Tranquillity) wrote the lyrics following the original synopsis by Fridén. In 1998 Fridén co-produced the album My Arms, Your Hearse by Opeth. On the 1999 album Colony, Fridén composed the lyrics himself, though Sundin still assisted by translating his lyrics from Swedish to English. His lyrics have evolved from abstract themes such as astrology and fantasy, to more personal endeavours such as depression and inner struggles.
He is also the vocalist for the band Passenger as a side project, but has stated recently that he now has very little time for the project, and it is on hold.
Fridén also has done guest vocals on the album The Phantom Novels, by the metal band Grievance. He is the lead vocalist on the tracks Atrocity Upon Deceptions, A Devil's Rhyme and The Mask of Sin. Although this album was recorded around the same time as In Flames' 2002 album Reroute to Remain, Anders uses his earlier death growl vocal style rather than the high pitched growls he has currently been using.
In 2007 Fridén appeared as a guest vocalist on the Japanese bonus track "See the Falling Sky" on Caliban's 2007 album "The Awakening". As well as providing vocals for the track "Dysfunctional Hours" for the 20th anniversary Nuclear Blast Allstars compilation album, Out of the Dark.
His look changed dramatically following the release of In Flames 2002 release Reroute to Remain. His previously clean-shaven look was replaced with a beard, and his long hair was put into dreadlocks. His vocal style has also changed, especially on the past three records. His low-tone, harsh death growl has evolved into a higher pitched scream, which is now supplemented by clean vocals and layers of backing vocals.