In Flames
Whoracle


3.5
great

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
March 17th, 2007 | 19 replies | 4,359 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A heavy, melodic and aggressive In Flames album. Whoracle still makes you to think if the band is only a melodic metal band instead of a melodic death metal band.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

In Flames, a melodic death metal band that has become one of the worlds greatest metal bands. Hailing from Sweden In Flames alongside At The Gates and Dark Tranquillity took the world by storm with their melodic death metal or ‘’Gothenburg’’ sound as others call it. While bands like Entombed, Dismember and Hypocrisy dominated the old-school fields of death metal In Flames took melodies and mixed them into their material, which proved to be a very effective metal concoction. With time In Flames has somewhat left the death metal field and is now considered as a modern rock band, and I agree with that. Personally I don’t think that even in their earlier days they didn’t sound like ‘’real’’ melodic death metal and why do I think that? Well, continue reading and I will tell you.

I would say that I am not one of those who follows the crowd, if thousand people likes In Flames I would perhaps like a few songs here and there but not an entire album. My opinion changed when I got an album from one of my friends, the album I got is called Whoracle. I had already experienced songs from Clayman, Reroute To Remain and Come Clarity so I thought that there was a risk that Whoracle would sound just the same. I was surprised actually, not by the actual music; it was the vocals that surprised me. Instead of super-raspy vocals these vocals were more harsh, thick and there was a desperate ‘’feel’’ to them. This album felt more like a melodic death metal album just because of the harsh semi-growling vocals. Whoracle is a very heavy, very melodic death metal album which has many catchy and heavy songs. The variety in the material is very nice; you have fast songs, slow and heavy songs, a ballad and one instrumental track.

Anders Fridén might not be one of my favourite metal vocalists but these sounds ten times better than the vocals he uses now. Anders vocals sounds great, his aggressive semi-growls gives the music a better sound and depth. His vocals are good enough so he doesn’t need to have lots of variety in his vocal performance. Jesper and Glenn makes a decent but enjoyable guitar performance. You have lots of catchy melodic riffs, heavy chugga-chugga moments, some faster riffing sections and also some clean acoustics here and there. The only thing I miss is the tremolo riffs which I think are highly necessary if you are playing death or black metal. I can’t find many tremolo riffs in this album, perhaps a few moments during the melodic solos but those riffs are rare in this album. Johan does not make any impressions with his bass, he follows the rhythm guitars and does not deliver any standout performances. A boring thing if you ask me, at least he adds a good sound to the guitars which creates a thick wall of sound. Björn handles the drums without difficulties, here you have your ordinary selection of ‘’friendly’’ drum beats. Rhythmic and catchy patterns that sound more like heavy metal and not death metal, the drumming is pretty simplistic compared to the real deal so to say.

Everybody likes melodies more or less and I’m one of those who like melodies. I didn’t had a hard time to get used to this album, but it took me some time to listen it through since I’m not a huge fan to this band. Some things that I liked about this album were of course the vocals, very good vocals, way better than his new vocal style. Another thing I liked was the simplistic music, I think that this was not a mind blowing instrumental performance but it was enjoyable and well executed. Melodic and calm but still very heavy and quite aggressive, the variety was very good because none of the songs were similar to each other. The energy level was good; the songs didn’t feel too sloppy or too over exaggerated.

I like Whoracle in almost every aspect but there was just two things that I think the band should’ve used. More tremolo riffing and faster technical drumming, these two things are highly necessary for both death metal and black metal. Tremolo riffs still doesn’t need to sound like black metal riffs, they could’ve played more tremolo riffs but they could’ve used melodies in them, like Nightshade’s kind of music for example. The drumming would probably be the reason why so many people like the band, some people doesn’t even know that the band was once rooted in one of metals most extreme genres, death metal. If there was more fast double bass kicking and other types of technical drum patterns in this album then I would probably enjoyed even more.

I guess that was it, this was the best I could come up with so I hope that this review has been a helpful one. I think I will never enjoy In Flames as much as I enjoy other melodic death metal bands, the reason why is that I still think that this band sounds more like a melodic metal band, not a melodic death metal band. If I want to listen to In Flames I would listen to their old stuff rather than their newest material. Any metal head should know of In Flames, if you haven’t heard them before than get an album because this is a unique band that everyone likes, even if you don’t listen to metal you would probably like them anyway. Whoralce might not be one of their greatest moments but it would be a good start for those who wants to get into their music.

Positives
+ Lots of melodies
+ Great variety of the songs material
+ A heavy and thick sound
+ Catchy material

Negatives
- The simplistic music makes this to sound as a melodic metal band
- More tremolo riffs and technical drumming should’ve been used
- Might get a bit boring with time

Personal Favourites
-- The Hive
-- Worlds Within The Margin
-- Jotun
-- Jester Script Transfigured

Heavy, melodic and aggressive, this album will be given a 3.5/5



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Yazz_Flute
March 17th 2007



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man. This is my second favorite IF album behind colony.

btw, you should probably listen to "The Jester Race" if you haven't. It's their secoind album and first with Anders. Most consider it their best, and it's has Anders' most death metal-ish growls. IT's a great cd and users here who don't really like IF seem to like it the best. (shadows does)

You should check it out.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

MeowMeow
March 17th 2007



662 Comments


The Jester Race is amazing.

I have only had the pleasure of hearing "Episode 666" off this album, and I've been thinking about getting it.

Yazz_Flute
March 17th 2007



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YOu should get it. Jester Script Transfigured is an amazing song, and my favorite IF song of all time.

Episode 666 is great also, but there are beter songs.

MeowMeow
March 17th 2007



662 Comments


I believe I heard The Hive as well... is that the one Atreyu ripped-off?

Mikesn
Emeritus
March 17th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

With time In Flames has somewhat left the death metal field and is now considered as a modern rock band
Err. In Flames still plays metal :p

Good review though.

Yazz_Flute
March 17th 2007



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, atreyu ripped off the hive.

ToWhatEnd
March 17th 2007



3172 Comments


Wow I never noticed how much they did rip off that, yikes. The review was pretty good, I think I like their newer stuff a tiny bit better but that's mainly just me.

Dethtrasher
March 17th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Err. In Flames still plays metal.

You're pretty much right, I just took that from metal-archives. They still don't sound like the melodic death I prefer.
A friend has that album so I will definitely borrow it from him.This Message Edited On 03.17.07

Flynn
March 17th 2007



44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album never gets boring to me, been listening to it since it came out.

Wizard
March 17th 2007



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, not even close to In Flames best album. I will stand behind Clayman on that one. This album has alot of songs that sound too similar to each other.

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

Mikesn
Emeritus
March 17th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

You're pretty much right, I just took that from metal-archives. They still don't sound like the melodic death I prefer.
I don't really like their newer stuff either.

Altmer
March 18th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review was good but kinda generic. You focused very much on the musical side, and I don't know, I just didn't feel this review had any flow. It was just, chucked out there and then with some sentences tagged on. Gramatically I can't find fault with it, but somehow... it just lacks an extra 10% to make it a really good review. I guess it adheres too much to a format review rather than reading as an article, which is kinda the review format I prefer.

Good album, but not IF's best by a mile. This Message Edited On 03.18.07

Yazz_Flute
March 18th 2007



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IF's newest albums are their worst (cept maybe lunar strain) Here's my order

Colony
Whoracle
Clayman
Jester Race
Reroute to Remain
Come Clarity
Lunar Strain
STYE

The top four may switch around a bit over time, but colony had been my favorite for a few months.

Foodforthegods
March 18th 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Their most under-rated album IMO. Some of their best songs are there (Jotun, Food For The Gods, Jester Script Transfigured, Episode 666, etc). This album is definatly an In Flames classic and a Melodic/Death classic. It deserver more than a 3.5. I would give a 4 at least.

Dethtrasher
March 18th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This review was good but kinda generic. You focused very much on the musical side, and I don't know, I just didn't feel this review had any flow. It was just, chucked out there and then with some sentences tagged on. Gramatically I can't find fault with it, but somehow... it just lacks an extra 10% to make it a really good review. I guess it adheres too much to a format review rather than reading as an article, which is kinda the review format I prefer.

You were 100% correct with that comment. I was very bored and tired when I wrote this review. I wasen't even exited when I wrote it. If I really really like an album then I usually put extra effort in it.

lanchege
April 12th 2007



64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought it was a good review and I think it's a good album also. Anders actually sounds good here!

Altmer
April 12th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, good rating for the most overrated album in the if discography (wait isn't that come clarity)

carney3110
April 13th 2007



310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Most overrated? Yes. Still fricking awesome? You bet.

ZagZig
April 13th 2007



1 Comments


overall great review..keep up the good work :P



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