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The Jester Race Country Of Origin: Sweden
In Flames - The Jester Race

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MB Rating: 9
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User Rating: 8.1
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1.
Moonshield
2.
The Jester's Dance
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Artifacts Of The Black Rain
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Graveland
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Lord Hypnos
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Dead Eternity
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The Jester Race
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December Flower
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Wayfaerer
10.
Dead God In Me

Release Date: 1996
Label: Nuclear Blast
Categories: Melodic, Death
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8.1 out of 10 / 788 vote(s)

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MetalBite Review by Adam on 8/2/2001
Some people refer to In Flames as the kings of melodic death metal. "The Jester Race" does little to prove these people wrong. Diverse in its compositions and unique in its style this set In Flames early on, in a class of their own. It would place a firm foundation beneath the band itself to create even more melodic and aspiring work to come.

The record kicks off with 'Moonshield', a track accompanied by interesting acoustic guitar lines and ultra-melodic leads. The vocals on this release are a little deeper than on the band's upcoming albums and give it a heavier tone. "The Jester Race" consists of two very catchy instrumentals that are sure to appeal to any fan of melodic death. Some tracks are more midtempo while others are more thrash oriented.

The disc is full of many strong tracks; however, one song which really stands out would have to be 'Artifacts of the Black Rain'. It is in this track where the dual lead harmonies take center stage and really help carry the song and make it incredibly catchy and impossible to ignore. Overall this disc basically has no weaknesses, and is not to far from perfect. It forshadows their great triumphs to come and is a must for any and all melodic death metal fans.

Bottom Line: If you are a melodic death fan then there is no excuse for you to not have this disc!

Rating: 9 out of 10
Submitted by Jose Roberto Devescovi on 9/21/2001
In Flames was the first Melodic Death Metal Band I ever heard and from that moment on I never stopped listening them and I tried to listen more bands like them such as Sacrilege, Ablaze My Sorrow (to name few). The Jester Race album is a great album, in my opinion the best of In Flames, the mixture that they have between Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Sepultura on this album is an undeniable. From the start (Moonshield) you know this is something that has the power to make you want to mosh as well as the intrumental pasages made you relax, this intense rollercoaster of emotions is great so if you don't have it go and buy it cause you will never regret it.
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