Classic Gothenburg metal,
This review is from: Whoracle (Audio CD)
The Jester race was the breakthrough for In Flames and made alot of people stand up and take notice with its majestic leads, chunky riffs and epic combination of melodic death and guitar hero power metal. An then along came Whoracle, which proved that they were a world class band and cememnted them in metals hall of fame
Whoracle takes the template laid down on earlier works to the next level. its slightly more focused song writing wise, and there's much less of an emphasis in trying to be overly technical. instead, we have a much more solid performance, with some really power chords and riffs as well as the traedmark dual guitar melodies. Fan favourite Jotun is a great example; infectious hooks (don't those leads remind you of Blind Guardian?), strong rhythm section, crunchy guitars and a real fist pumping sing along feel despite the death metal energy. Similarly, Episode 666 has a great galloping thrash feel and an anthemic chorus thats just burtsing with intesnity, with other fast numbers like the Hive or the brutal Morphing Into Primal showing that In Flames can flex with the best of em.
But whats also great about Whoracle is that they mix it up alot. The Jester Script Transfigured has a wonderful acoustic verse with suddenly explodes into a metallic scream along, and Worlds Within the Margin is a grim number with eerie keyboards and more of a brooding, heavier feel. To top it of we have Gyroscope, a beautiful mid paced number with very vintage In Flames riffing and classical guitar elements. Easily my fav of the album (and probably the band) you can see why this is still a staple of In Flames live sets. Also, i think Anders gives his best vocal performance on this one, he sounded pretty bad on DTs 'Skydancer' and he was all over the place on Jester Race. Thankfully, he's got alot more control over his throat shredding delivery and sounds all better for it
I'm still debating with myself as to whether or not i prefer this over Colony, but what's for sure is that Whoracle is one on hell of an album that matches muscle and agression with melody in such as masterful way that it sounds effortless. Along with 'The Gallery' and 'The Minds I' by Dark Tranquillity, 'Slaughter of the Soul' by At the Gates and of course Colony and Jester Race, this is one of the timeless foundations of possibly the greatest sub-genre of metal. Enjoy