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Studio album by
Released18 November 1997[1]
StudioStudio Fredman, Gothenburg, Sweden
GenreMelodic death metal[2]
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerFredrik Nordström and In Flames
In Flames chronology
The Jester Race
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Whoracle is the third studio album by Swedish metal band In Flames, released on 18 November 1997. The title of the album is a portmanteau of the English words "whore" and "oracle".

Apart from "Everything Counts", which is a cover of a Depeche Mode song, all songs were composed and arranged by In Flames. The lyrics were translated by Dark Tranquillity guitarist Niklas Sundin, after Anders Fridén had written them in Swedish.

Whoracle is the final album to feature Johan Larsson and Glenn Ljungström. It is also the last In Flames release with Björn Gelotte playing drums, as he permanently switched to lead guitar in future releases. Fredrik Nordström noted that it was not easy to record at times, since the band members usually preferred drinking beer and playing Tekken 3.[3][better source needed]

In 2020, it was named one of the 20 best metal albums of 1997 by Metal Hammer magazine.[4]


Whoracle is a concept album which describes the past, present, and a hypothetical future of the planet Earth. "Jotun" is a foreshadowing of the main concepts where a society is crushed and broken after an apocalyptic event. "Episode 666" seems to be the narration of this apocalyptic event which is, perversely, televised. The songs leading up to this tell a story of the rise and fall of a global society. "The Hive" and "Jester Script Transfigured" describe this technologically advanced society and a utopian world which is demolished by human nature in the next two songs. The inclusion of the Depeche Mode cover, "Everything Counts", is a poignant way to imply that the people who built then destroyed their society realized their folly after it was too late.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Niklas Sundin and Anders Fridén.

1."Jotun"Jesper Strömblad & Björn Gelotte3:53
2."Food for the Gods"Glenn Ljungström, Björn Gelotte & Jesper Strömblad4:21
3."Gyroscope"Jesper Strömblad3:26
4."Dialogue with the Stars" (Instrumental)Björn Gelotte & Jesper Strömblad3:00
5."The Hive"Björn Gelotte & Jesper Strömblad4:03
6."Jester Script Transfigured"Jesper Strömblad5:46
7."Morphing into Primal"Björn Gelotte, Glenn Ljungström, Anders Fridén & Jesper Strömblad3:05
8."Worlds Within the Margin"Glenn Ljungström & Jesper Strömblad5:06
9."Episode 666"Jesper Strömblad3:45
10."Everything Counts" (Depeche Mode cover)Martin Lee Gore3:17
11."Whoracle" (Instrumental)Jesper Strömblad2:44
Total length:42:29
Deluxe edition
12."Clad in Shadows '99"2:25
Total length:44:54
Japanese and Korean edition
12."Goliaths Disarm Their Davids"4:58
13."Acoustic Medley"2:33
14."Behind Space - Live"3:36
Total length:53:36
LP bonus track
12."Re-cycles" (original title: "Acoustic Medley")2:33
Total length:45:02
2010 re-issue
12."Goliaths Disarm Their Davids"4:58
13."Jotun (Live)"3:38
14."Food for the Gods (Live)"4:11
Total length:55:16


In Flames
Other personnel
  • Ulrika Netterdahl – female vocals on song "Whoracle"
  • The Whoracle concept conjured and verbalized by Niklas Sundin and Anders Fridén
  • Lyrics written by Niklas Sundin following original synopsis by Anders Fridén
  • All music composed and arranged by In Flames except "Everything Counts" by Martin Lee Gore of Depeche Mode
  • Recorded and produced by Fredrik Nordström with assistance from In Flames
  • Engineered by Anders Fridén and Fredrik Nordström
  • Mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Anders Fridén
  • Mastered by Goran Finnberg and Fredrik Nordstrom at the Mastering Room Gbg
  • Cover artwork by Andreas Marschall
  • Photos by Kenneth Johansson
  • All songs published by Prophecies Publishing Hamburg except "Everything Counts"
  • "Everything Counts" published by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd, sub-published by EMI Music Germany


  1. ^ a b "Whoracle - In Flames | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Sputnikmusic review". Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ At the Gates – Flames of the End DVD Fredrik Nordstörm interview
  4. ^ "The Top 20 best metal albums of 1997". Metal Hammer. Future plc. 2 December 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.