A master of progressive death metal or the "Gothenberg sound" practiced by many a Swedish band,
In Flames delivers one of its best efforts with 1997's Whoracle. One extremely heavy number after
another flows continuously from this record's track list, including standouts like the mind-bending
"Gyroscope" and "Morphing Into Primal," just two of the original and extremely well-executed songs
offered on this release. Indeed, some tracks are much better than others on Whoracle. Softer numbers
like "Jester Script Transfigured," with its half-acoustic Metallica ballad vibe, could probably have
been left off this otherwise powerful recording. There are also some rather unnecessary vocal
histrionics, most notably on "Worlds Within the Margin," but this kind of overcooked "singing"
really comes with the death metal territory. None of these sour notes manages to damage Whoracle,
and the record has ultimately become accepted in the highly factional underground metal community as
an important release not only for In Flames, but for the entire melodic death metal movement.