In Flames - The Jester Race

In Flames has gotten a reputation as being the most successful of the Swedish death metal bands. Although being the most popular Swedish death metal band isn’t saying too much they have certainly made a significant impact on the metal world in general. One of their best and most influential works is The Jester Race.

The Jester Race is a perfect example of how metal is supposed to be done. It starts of with a song called “Moonshield” the song starts off with about 50 seconds or so of guitars which may sound quite “weak” to you if you are just becoming acquainted with the band but after that it I don’t believe I’ve heard too much more that is heavier and louder than the guitars on this song. Another plus to this album is the guitar solos, you are guaranteed at least one solo on each song plus two songs of solos and the only words I can use to describe them are simply amazing. Moving right along to song number 11 “Goliaths disarm their Davids” the first few seconds of the song remind me of some nu-metal band but those thoughts are quickly out of your head as you begin to hear the guitar work on this song. It starts off simple enough but eventually turns into something I can only describe as pure death metal. It is so loud and fast that it just blows you away. Finally we come to the last song called “Behind space” it starts off very weirdly not like any other song on the album but it is one of my favorites. It is very fast and the vocals are very hard to keep up with but the thing I like best about this song is the solo towards the end of the song. I’m not sure how to describe it you really have hear it for yourself to understand it’s as if he just keeps bending the notes until it can’t go any further it is truly quite amazing.

All in all In Flames did an extremely good job on this album. The only downside to it is the lyrics. Unless you have a very trained ear it will be very hard for you to understand what Anders is saying. Overall I must say this is quite possibly one of my top five favorite albums.


Buy It

1. Moonshield
2. Jester's Dance [Instrumental]
3. Artifacts of the Black Rain
4. Graveland
5. Lord Hypnos
6. Dead Eternity
7. Jester Race
8. December Flower
9. Wayfaerer [Instrumental]
10. Dead God in Me
11. Goliaths Disarm Their Davids
12. Gyroscope
13. Acoustic Medley [Instrumental]
14. Behind Space [Live]

Written by: Chas

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