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Review: the album "Whoracle" by Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames

Updated on August 8, 2017
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The cover for the album Whoracle

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Track listing for the album Whoracle

  1. Jotun
  2. Food for the Gods
  3. Gyroscope
  4. Dialogue With the Stars
  5. The Hive
  6. Jester Script Transfigured
  7. Morphing Into Primal
  8. Worlds Within the Margin
  9. Episode 666
  10. Everything Counts (original song written by Depeche Mode)
  11. Whoracle
  12. Clad in Shadows

The album Whoracle turns 20 on October 27, 2017

There is one studio album that is coming up on a special anniversary in the history of the band In Flames. That album is 1997’s Whoracle. It is now almost 20 years since the album came out and how has it stood the test of time? You are about to find out very soon. The lineup is unchanged from 1996’s The Jester Race.

Anders Friden the front man for In Flames

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A few interesting musical qualities about this album

For this album, guitarist Jesper Stromblad also plays the keyboards and drums. This shows the versatility of Swedish musicians. I also notice that Anders sounds somewhat like former Arch Enemy vocalist Johan Liiva when he uses his death metal growls.

Jotun is one of the best songs that In Flames has ever written

The most memorable song in this album is the song called Jotun. It is the song that I remember the most for sure. There are some narration style vocals by Anders Friden, something that the band had not used prior to this 3rd studio release. Food for the Gods starts with the type of guitar riffing that we would normally see Dark Tranquillity try to use. I notice a certain complexity to the lyrics of the first two songs so it is rather difficult to know what these songs are truly about.

The song called Jotun

Some interesting perspective about the song Gyroscope

The song Gyroscope begins with a beautiful acoustic part. Those of you that remember the band’s previous album The Jester Race will know that this is how their famous song Moonshield begins. In Flames has been able to create beautiful songs and they make those songs work and stand out. This is true regardless of whether those songs start out soft or if they start out heavy. The song makes a sort of reference to Lupus (Latin for wolf) which is a kind of autoimmune disorder. In this world of ours throughout time, there has been much disease and suffering.

The song called Gyroscope

How is the rest of the album?

The song Jester Script Transfigured switches back and forth between acoustic and heavy electric guitars. I see some of the type of guitar work that music fans heard on the Lunar Strain and Subterranean releases. Episode 666 is the other really memorable song on this album and it would be a song that the band would play LIVE in Tokyo. The song is a sort of humorous attempt to show that in order to get passage to that 2nd plane (heaven) you have to be a success on that first plane which is Earth. However what happens is that sometimes chaotic situations occur on earth. The album ends with another instrumental song called Whoracle and this one reminds me of an Opeth influence because of the guitar play because of how the song feels like it is going to build up into something else.

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How has the album been over time?

Almost 20 years later, the album Whoracle while not as good as The Jester Race shows that the band really has not declined between 1990 and 1997. The band would only get better with albums such as Colony and Clayman. If I had to give this album a score, it probably gets about a solid 80 out of 100 points.

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