In Flames
Whoracle


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (108 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 33 replies | 3,476 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Flames' second best album is oh so beautiful...

Whether you love them or hate them, there's no denying In Flames are one of the most important bands in the metal genre. They were formed over 20 years ago in Gothenburg and are considered one of the pioneers of melodic death metal . Although their newer albums have taken on a more mainstream sound, they released some real gems in the 90's. Their 1995 effort "The Jester Race" received widespread acclaim from critics and really pushed the band to new levels of fame. Two years later they released their third full length, "Whoracle". While not quite as impressive as its predecessor, it's still a great addition to the bands discography and an enjoyable listen for anyone who likes melodeath.

"Whoracle" perhaps focuses on melody more than any of the bands other material. Metal purists may say it's not "brutal" enough, but it's an undeniably catchy record. Beautifully harmonized guitars kick off the first track 'Jotun', which is definitely a stand out. The third song, 'Gyro' is also great and it's guitar intro has a definite "Jester Race" feel to it. Next up is one of my personal favorites. 'Dialogue with the Stars' is an instrumental that features some of the most harmonious and captivating guitar work I've heard in the genre. Its melodic riffs make it a guitar lovers dream come true. Unfortunately, the song does lose some of its magic after repeated listens, but it's still a highlight. 'Jesper Script Transfigured' also showcases the bands genius ability to craft amazing melodies. It's full of complex guitar playing, but also has the usual harmonizing which gives the song nice contrast.

The second half of the album is also great, but not as melodic which proves to be a good thing. Although the first six songs were amazing, they may be a little bit too light for some listeners. Thankfully, the final songs have more aggression, which helps balance out the record. 'Worlds within the Margin' and 'Episode 666' pack quite the punch. Both songs have some thrash influence incorporated into them which is something not really found in the earlier songs. The album finally comes to a close with 'Whoracle'. Honestly, this closing instrumental could have been alot better, but it's still a decent closer that provides some atmosphere to the albums final moments.

What else is there to say. Released in 1997, "The Whoracle" remains a very impressive offering from In Flames to this day. While it's a step down from the absolutely stellar "Jester Race", it is arguably the bands second best effort. It's full of impressive vocals and excellent guitar work. Vocalist Anders Friden also proves to be a good man for the job, but you'll be so enticed by the catchy guitars that the chances are you won't have time to worry about something as petty as the singing.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



13554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album too much...

Good review though.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



19475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. Yeah it's a great album but I definitely like Jester Race more.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



13554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Poor Whoracle, forever TJR's bridesmaid.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



19475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol are u flutters alt or do u just like my little pony also? ;)

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



13554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nope, no alt here. Maybe I should change my DP.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



19475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah you're fine. your avatar just reminded me of flutters

XingKing
September 26th 2012



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their best album in my opinion. It just so happens to be the last good one they made too, as I am not a fan of Colony and Clayman. These guys sold out hardcore and it's mind boggling that their later material is rated so high.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



13554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really liked Clayman and Come Clarity, otherwise their newer material is pretty mediocre, but not atrocious.

ViperAces
September 26th 2012



12377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One day Ill understand why people like this album so much.

Sciroccu
September 26th 2012



754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great one sure, good review too.

johnnydeking29
September 26th 2012



9001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules, have a pos
Can't decide whether Worlds Within the Margin or Jester Script is best

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KILL
September 26th 2012



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet

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MeatSalad
September 26th 2012



14195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah colony is the shit

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FearThyEvil
September 26th 2012



12286 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is probably my favorite from them.

DarthMann
September 26th 2012



13476 Comments


come clarity has one or two good songs

KILL
September 26th 2012



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not rly!

well versus terminus is catchy but

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28355 Comments


oh shii summ alone deserves pos but review is well written so pos bro

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2012



19475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys

CosmicPie
September 14th 2013



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So if I like whores and oracles, will I like this?


I always dug Whoracle. It's one of their albums that really sticks out to me. Really sweet.

Artuma
September 14th 2013



10802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i like this even more than tjr

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