The Jester Race

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.

The Jester Race
Studio album by
Released20 February 1996[1]
StudioStudio Fredman
GenreMelodic death metal[2]
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerFredrik Nordström
In Flames
In Flames chronology
The Jester Race
Professional ratings
Review scores
Chronicles of Chaos[3]

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.

There is a remix of "Moonshield" that is on In Flames' future release Trigger.

Track listing

1."Moonshield"Jesper Strömblad5:04
2."The Jester's Dance" (instrumental)Strömblad, Johan Larsson2:11
3."Artifacts of the Black Rain"Strömblad, Björn Gelotte3:17
4."Graveland"Strömblad, Glenn Ljungström2:48
5."Lord Hypnos"Gelotte, Strömblad, Ljungström4:03
6."Dead Eternity"Ljungström, Strömblad5:03
7."The Jester Race"Ljungström, Strömblad4:53
8."December Flower"Strömblad, Ljungström4:12
9."Wayfaerer" (instrumental)Strömblad, Gelotte4:42
10."Dead God in Me"Strömblad, Ljungström4:19
Japanese Edition
1."Dead Eternity"Ljungström, Strömblad5:03
2."The Jester Race"Ljungström, Strömblad4:53
3."Graveland"Strömblad, Glenn Ljungström2:48
4."Moonshield"Jesper Strömblad5:04
5."The Jester's Dance" (instrumental)Strömblad, Johan Larsson2:11
6."December Flower"Strömblad, Ljungström4:12
7."Artifacts of the Black Rain"Strömblad, Björn Gelotte3:17
8."Dead God in Me"Strömblad, Ljungström4:19
9."Wayfaerer" (instrumental)Strömblad, Gelotte4:42
10."Lord Hypnos"Gelotte, Strömblad, Ljungström4:03


In Flames

Guest appearances

Production and composition


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  3. "In Flames - The Jester Race". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  4. [4] Archived 2008-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  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.
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