The Jester Race is the second studio album by melodic death metal band In Flames. It is the first album to feature Anders Fridén as the band's vocalist and Björn Gelotte as the drummer. A video for the song "Artifacts of the Black Rain" was also released. It was also the first album to feature the Jester Head, the band's mascot. After releasing The Jester Race, the band then toured with Samael, Grip Inc. and Kreator.
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So in actuality, "The Jester Race" was the third album I heard from these dudes. I was probably 14 years old at this time and to me, this was some of the most extreme music I had heard, at that point in time of course. Simply because they easily could have added a few more minutes to some of these songs and the album would have been much better at 45 or 50 minutes, in my opinion. Artifacts of the Black Rain" is probably the biggest offender of this, as it is one of the album's strongest tracks, but is sadly a bit too short in my opinion, at only slightly over 3 minutes. Vocally, this is probably Fridén's greatest performance of the band's entire career. There is no clean singing anywhere on here, just angry, pissed off death metal growls and grunts.
In Flames' Jester Race is a perfect example, the very poster for what melodic death metal is. The album kicks off with a Medieval-sounding acoustic jangle leading into "Moonshield," the opener. Other than a sweet, laid-back, solo, the song is pretty lackluster. Following it is the amazing instrumental, "The Jester's Dance," which has an addictive melody, and makes up for the previous song. Midtempo piledriver "Artifacts Of The Black Rain" comes next, and after hearing it, one will know why it is a highlight of the album. On the 4 bonus tracks (which is the Black Ash Inheritance EP that was released a year later), there's a track called Acoustic Medely, which is the title track of the album but in acoustic form.
This disc contains both The Jester Race album, along with the Black-Ash Inheritance EP, which was released between TJR and Whoracle. From start to finish, this disc is loaded with non-stop goodness. Classic In Flames is characterized by lots of memorable twin-guitar harmonies over a super heavy rhythm background, melodic acoustic breaks, and superb growled vocals. It can all be found in abundance here. Every song flows masterfully, and will leave you wanting more. Lyrics - 9 The lyrics on this album are very well written, and definitely top notch. Overall Impression - 10 This album did a superior job of expanding upon the concepts explored in the previous 2 In Flames releases, and as a result, became a groundbreaking release. It is still considered by many to be the best In Flames album nearly a decade and a half later.
The Jester Race/Black-Ash Inheritance. CD - Nuclear Blast 616CD). For those who missed either/or the first time around, this release offers greater incentive to discover this seminal Swedish heavy metal band.
Black-Ash Inheritance (1997) by In Flames. Labels: Nuclear Blast. Genres: Melodic Death Metal. Songs: Goliaths Disarm Their Davids, Gyroscope, Acoustic Medley, Behind Space (live). Members: Anders Fridén, Jesper Strömblad, Glenn Ljungström, Johan Larsson, Björn Gelotte.