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Release date: 20 February 1996
Style: Gothenburg metal

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8.9 | 1074 votes

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01. Moonshield
02. The Jester's Dance
03. Artifacts Of The Black Rain
04. Graveland
05. Lord Hypnos
06. Dead Eternity
07. The Jester Race
08. December Flower
09. Wayfaerer
10. Dead God In Me
11. Goliaths Disarm Their Davids [2002 re-release bonus]
12. Gyroscope [2002 re-release bonus]
13. Acoustic Medley [2002 re-release bonus]
14. Behind Space [live] [2002 re-release bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1996: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 54

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Additional info
Recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman, November 1995. Produced by Frederik Nordström & In Flames. Engineered by Frederik Nordström & Patrick Hellgren.

Re-Released in 2002 by Nuclear Blast with the Black-Ash Inheritance [EP] as bonus tracks.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
8.6
The Jester Race is the best album from In Flames era pure Melodic Death Metal, unfortunately for the fans of this precise style, that would also be the last. The Swedish band was still playing a lot of acoustic almost classical music, and was still very close to its alter ego Dark Tranquillity. Honestly I love both "versions" of In Flames music and it's obvious for me that their "pre-Whoracle" work reached its climax with the album The Jester Race.

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Staff pick by
Thryce

22.02.2011 Nostalgic reminder: exactly fifteen years ago melodic death metal was still a respectable genre instead of a curse word, and we all thought In Flames were the tits!

Crazy times, crazy times... now get the hell off my playground!

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sulavmetal - 22.07.2010 at 09:42  
  Moonshield, The Jester's Dance, Artifacts Of The Black Rain, Dead Eternity, The Jester Race, December Flower, Wayfaerer, Gyroscope, Acoustic Medley. All the bests song from Inflames in one album. This is an awesom album. Unfortunately inflames in no more the same.
DjentDude - 01.03.2011 at 22:25  
  This album got me into extreme metal, now I dont listen to hardly anything melodic!
Ccoppola20 - 04.03.2011 at 01:00  
  This band from start? to NOW .. incred. tho.. im not a fan of comeclarity.. mayb someday it will grow on me.. other wise i wana vomit..
and aparently ther coming to the states.. should be intresting to see them w. the dude from soil work..
Angelic Storm - 04.03.2011 at 02:55  
  Although I do not have an aversion to latter day In Flames (although "Soundtrack To Your Escape" is overall, a painfully average album), "The Jester Race" is certainly in a class of it's own. Probably the best In Flames album, although "Whoracle" sure gives it a run for it's money!
Ccoppola20 - 04.03.2011 at 04:51  
  Helll yehh!!!! ^^^^^
Milena - 23.11.2011 at 12:40  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 04.03.2011 at 02:55

Although I do not have an aversion to latter day In Flames (although "Soundtrack To Your Escape" is overall, a painfully average album), "The Jester Race" is certainly in a class of it's own. Probably the best In Flames album, although "Whoracle" sure gives it a run for it's money!

I totally agree.
Mr. Doctor - 23.11.2011 at 16:00  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 04.03.2011 at 02:55

Although I do not have an aversion to latter day In Flames (although "Soundtrack To Your Escape" is overall, a painfully average album), "The Jester Race" is certainly in a class of it's own. Probably the best In Flames album, although "Whoracle" sure gives it a run for it's money!


In highly enjoy all In flames releases from the beginning up and including Soundtrack To Your Escape, I felt like the Nu-metal influences worked quite perfect on that album. Afterward it went just bad.... CC and ASOP are ultimate shit...
Their latest is a (slow) return to goodness though.

About me favorite albums... pretty much like yours: The Jester Race and Whoracle share the same first spot for me.
My least favorite of all the ones from the period I previosly mentioned is probably Clayman... I just can't enjoy it as much as the others... The connection isn't there at all even though I know the music is good.
ThunderAxe1989 - 17.03.2012 at 21:54  
Rating: 9 This is probably the best In Flames release to date. The melodies are iconic, The production couldn't have been better for these songs. Dare I say, In Flames were ahead of their time? Plus, surprisingly it sounds good when you're faded too
GrayWiZZarD - 14.06.2012 at 20:08  
  I dont understand why this album is better than clayman.....
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 03:31  
Rating: 10 Best Melodeath album EVER!!!

Favorite songs:
-Dead Eternity
-Moonshield (the acoustic guitars are pure genius!)
-Artifacts Of The Black Rain
-Lord Hypnos
-December Flower (best IF solo ever)
-The Jester Race (another one with a wonderful solo)
megadeath13 - 17.11.2012 at 15:32  
 
Written by Guest on 17.11.2012 at 15:32

A great Melo Death album. The good old days where In Flames were able to record quality albums, not this mediocre metalcore shit.
Epictemptation - 21.01.2013 at 04:56  
  Yay in flames, awesome album
Metropolis_Dream - 04.04.2013 at 22:33  
  I loved it back in the day when i got "The Jester Race" as a CD. But after this years this album somehow lost its greatness. "Moonshield" and "Lord Hypnos" never grow old, though.
Nick Krzemienski - 27.06.2013 at 20:10  
Rating: 9 This is indeed a great Gothenburg Album. I dont call it a masterpiece but its definitely one of the most important Albums in the whole genre.
Northern Danger - 17.02.2014 at 09:14  
  Much better than Gallery imo.

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