The Jester Race

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The Jester Race
Studio album by In Flames
Released 20 February 1996[1]
Recorded November 1995
(Studio Fredman)
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 40:12
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Fredrik Nordström
In Flames
In Flames chronology
The Jester Race
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10 stars[3]

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.[4] The album was the band's second full-length album released following the more mainstream success of the 1995 EP, Subterranean. The Jester Race was recorded at Studio Fredman by Fredrik Nordström, who also contributed keyboards for the album.

This album ranked #79 on the website Metal Rules' list of 100 Greatest Metal Albums.[5] It is also considered a classic album of the Gothenburg style of metal,[6] along with At the Gates' Slaughter of the Soul and Dark Tranquillity's The Gallery,[7] exhibiting the dual guitar leads, growled vocals and acoustic sections typical of the genre.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Moonshield"   Jesper Strömblad 5:04
2. "The Jester's Dance" (instrumental) Strömblad, Johan Larsson 2:11
3. "Artifacts of the Black Rain"   Strömblad, Björn Gelotte 3:17
4. "Graveland"   Strömblad, Glenn Ljungström 2:48
5. "Lord Hypnos"   Gelotte, Strömblad, Ljungström 4:03
6. "Dead Eternity"   Ljungström, Strömblad 5:03
7. "The Jester Race"   Ljungström, Strömblad 4:53
8. "December Flower"   Strömblad, Ljungström 4:12
9. "Wayfaerer" (instrumental) Strömblad, Gelotte 4:42
10. "Dead God in Me"   Strömblad, Ljungström 4:19

Bonus tracks[edit]

2002 and 2008 re-releases
No. Title Music Length
11. "Goliaths Disarm Their Davids"   Ljungström, Strömblad, Gelotte 4:55
12. "Gyroscope"   Strömblad 3:23
13. "Acoustic Medley" (instrumental) Strömblad 2:32
14. "Behind Space" (live) Ljungström, Strömblad 3:36
These tracks are from the Black-Ash Inheritance MCD.
Japanese Edition
No. Title Length
1. "Dead Eternity"   5:03
2. "The Jester Race"   4:53
3. "Graveland"   2:48
4. "Moonshield"   5:04
5. "The Jester's Dance" (instrumental) 2:11
6. "December Flower"   4:12
7. "Artifacts of the Black Rain"   3:17
8. "Dead God in Me"   4:19
9. "Wayfaerer" (instrumental) 4:42
10. "Lord Hypnos"   4:03
11. "Dead Eternity" (demo) 5:02
12. "The Inborn Lifeless" (demo) 3:22
These tracks are from the 2007 re-release of the Subterranean EP.


In Flames[8][edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Production and composition[edit]


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  2. ^ "Jester Race - In Flames". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "In Flames - The Jester Race". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  4. ^ [4]
  5. ^ "The Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums". Metal-Rules. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "In Flames". BNR Metal, Version 3. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Melodic Death Metal". Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "TJR-11b.jpg (1024×908)". Photobucket. Retrieved January 2, 2012.

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