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In Flames: Whoracle

Death metal just doesn't get much better than this.

Staying fairly close to the sound that made The Jester Race such a great album, In Flames have crafted another gem of melody and aggression. Songs like "Food For The Gods" and "Jester Script Transfigured" are shining examples of just how great this genre can be.

The only real disappointment is "Episode 666"; a remixed version appeared on Death...Is Just the Beginning IV , and it was much, much better.

Track Listing
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
11) Whoracle
12) Clad in Shadows '99 (bonus track)

Added: January 1st 2004
Reviewer: SoT Archives
Related Link: In Flames Web Site
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Language: english

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In Flames: Whoracle
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-01-15 10:08:26
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In Flames continued on with their pursuit of creating technical and melodic death/black metal with their 1997 release of Whoracle, and album that sees the band really hitting their mark on many levels.

Songs like "Jotun", with its huge, melodic wall of sound of guitars, or the intense barrage of thrash riffs on "Food for the Gods" show a band that has matured greatly since The Jester Race. "Gyroscope" is a wonderful slice of melodic and melancholic death metal, littered with tortured growls and symphonic harmony guitar work. Other cuts like the power metal punch of "The Hive" or the gothic influenced "World Within The Margin" have a professional sheen to them in the songwriting, production, and instrumental departments that once again hits on the maturity that was developing within the band at the time. For pure headbanging metal with hooks, you can't go wrong with the brutal "Everything Counts", a song that is as heavy as it is appealing from a purely accessible standpoint. The intriguing title track features lush acoustic guitars and various percussion, and is the album's lone non-metal tune.

Also of note are the many dual and harmony lead guitar passages that appear thoughout Whoracle, that will remind you of vintage Iron Maiden or Metallica, as well as the smattering of keyboard colors here and there that further add some symphonic flavor to a few of the songs.

For a great snapshot of where In Flames where towards the end of the 1990's as far as their musical growth, Whoracle is a great place to start.

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