The melodic sensibilities, classical style guitar, and modal dexterity employed on the
Jester Race have precursors in Iron Maiden, Dio-era Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest.
It is doubtful that In Flames would argue this; they lovingly weave these timeless
influences throughout their music, combining them with later-day thrash and death metal
sounds. The vocals differ from the operatic Halford/Dickinson style, in that they are
gravel-throated and growled, dealing with personal issues as opposed to fantasy. And
indeed, many of the tempos are fast and tight, recalling the glory days of late '80s
speed. However, The Jester Race does not feel rushed — it takes time to make its
statements, not afraid to hit mid-tempo strides or get lost in the aforementioned
melodic explorations but always with a bite.The result is a definitive late '90s take
on power metal; cohesive, heartfelt, and heavy.