In Flames - Whoracle

8.6 | 1130 votes |
Release date: 27 October 1997
Style: Gothenburg metal


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01. Jotun
02. Food For The Gods
03. Gyroscope
04. Dialogue With The Stars
05. The Hive
06. Jester Script Transfigured
07. Morphing Into Primal
08. Worlds Within The Margin
09. Episode 666
10. Everything Counts [Depeche Mode cover]
11. Whoracle
12. Clad In Shadows '99 [deluxe version bonus]
13. Jotun [video] [deluxe version bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1997: 16

Additional info
Produced, engineered and mastered by Fredrik Nordström.

Staff review by
Dream Taster
1997's Whoracle was a huge step for the Swedish band In Flames as it was really a change in their peculiar sound. Even if you can hear it a little bit throughout their previous release, The Jester Race, this change is obvious on Whoracle.

First of all, I want to point out that Bjorn Gelotte played both guitars and drums on this album, which is unchanged compare to The Jester Race and a real performance. At this time, the line-up included three guitar players with Glenn Ljungstrom, Jesper Stromblad and Bjorn Gelotte.

published 02.09.2003 | Comments (19)

Staff review by
Talking about an In Flames album is very difficult, most people hate Music like this because is not pure Death Metal and say all kind of elitist stuff, Well Yes In Flames is not pure Death Metal I am sure, In Flames is what we call nowadays Gothenburg Metal or Melodic Death Metal, I am going to put all those things aside and I'll review this album in the most objective way , let's start shall we?

published 08.02.2005 | Comments (3)

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15.02.2010 - 18:57
Rating: 10
Metal slave
This is my favorite of old in flames
25.04.2011 - 11:10
Rating: 9
I still remember the good times, this album rocks!!
Open your eyes
19.08.2011 - 13:47
Rating: 9
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Very good album but for me, personally, I think that The Jester Race is superior. Both outstanding albums.
The sun shines over The Fool...
11.03.2012 - 03:22
Account deleted
This album is pretty good!
17.04.2012 - 03:27
Rating: 8
I like this album, the production is very clean, although Friden's vocals are slightly weaker compared to the earlier releases. Most of these songs are pretty fast-paced, but it suits the band when they go down that route to be honest.
03.01.2014 - 21:39
Rating: 9
The Eternal
Good vocal, great guitars, brilliant result!
22.04.2014 - 13:34
Rating: 10
Love it
21.04.2015 - 06:03
Rating: 8
High Fist Prog
Written by musicalkaratekid on 17.04.2012 at 03:27

Most of these songs are pretty fast-paced, but it suits the band when they go down that route to be honest.

On the contrary, I find that their fast-paced leanings engender a more generic sound. Its during their slower passages that the band really shines IMO.
21.04.2015 - 16:56
Rating: 8
High Fist Prog
Written by deadone on 21.04.2015 at 06:30

They weren't generic at the time though. In Flames helped pioneer that particular sound.

True. Generic or not, still sounds like ass
21.04.2015 - 18:24
Rating: 8
Mr. Doctor
Couldn't disagree more with both the fast/slow comments and the generic one.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
03.11.2015 - 17:00
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
Pretty good stuff on this album, especially the songs with acoustic guitars ("Gyroscope", "Dialogue With The Stars" and "Jester Script Transfigured"). Classic In Flames material, not the whole album though.
Freedom is a state of mind-not freedom from something but a sense of freedom, a freedom to doubt and question all and therefore so intense, active and vigorous that it throws away every form of dependence, slavery, conformity and acceptance-J Krishnamurti
20.12.2017 - 00:19
Rating: 7
Relistening to the IF catalogue, I find their early-era albums to be slightly overrated, the mid-era to be underrated. Haven't gotten to the newer ones yet. This one is probably my least favorite of the pre-RtR albums. Whoracle and Worlds Within the Margin are stellar, but apart from that I only find Jotun, Episode 666 and Jester Script Transfigured good nowadays. I remember loving this when I started out listening to metal...
06.11.2018 - 22:56
Rating: 8
Been revisiting this after several years.
Slightly better than I had in mind, uprated it from 7.2 to 7.5.
The first five tracks are really promising.
Gyroscope is by far my favourite track from this album.
Unfortunately, the second half of the album is pretty disappointing for me.
02.08.2019 - 18:16
Rating: 10
i love this album, i only wish that the production was a bit better (its too shrill, i had to tone it done on audacity), and 22 years later i like even more then the day i bought it.
27.10.2019 - 15:38
Rating: 10
I'm revisiting this album time to time and I'm still hooked everytime. Maybe more. For me this is better than Jester Race for sure.
21.01.2021 - 15:48
Rating: 9
01. Jotun - 10/10
02. Food For The Gods - 8.5/10
03. Gyroscope - 9.5/10
04. Dialogue With The Stars - 9/10
05. The Hive - 9.5/10
06. Jester Script Transfigured - 9/10
07. Morphing Into Primal - 8/10
08. Worlds Within The Margin - 8/10
09. Episode 666 - 9.5/10
10. Everything Counts - 8/10
11. Whoracle - N/A

Overall: 8.9/10

The second best In Flames album IMO (after The Jester Race).

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