Insomnium

Insomnium
STYLE: ORIGIN: FinlandFORMED: 1997LABEL: Century Media Records
  • MEMBERS:
  • Niilo Sevänen - Vocals
  • Ville Friman - Guitars, Vocals (Clean)
  • Markus Vanhala - Guitars
  • Jani Liimatainen - Guitars, Vocals (Clean)
  • Markus Hirvonen - Drums
BIOGRAPHY

Hailing from the land of thousand lakes, boasting with a thousand melodies and spawning a thousand emotions comes “Shadows Of The Dying Sun”, sixth studio album of Finland’s melodic metal magicians INSOMNIUM. An album born of the melancholy, sorrow and dreariness of long winter nights, as relentless and overwhelming as an autumn storm and yet as refreshing as the first sunbeams of a spring morning and as peaceful as a mild summer’s eve. 

Two and a half years after their acclaimed masterpiece “One For Sorrow” the Finns return with an album that brings them one step closer to the Olympus of melodic metal where their established countrymen Amorphis shouldn’t ensconce themselves too comfortably. “Shadows Of The Dying Sun”, which once again immerses deeply into stirring abysses of melancholy, is even more varied, intense and dynamic than its predecessor – with each new album INSOMNIUM seem to bring their songwriting craftsmanship closer to perfection. “We haven’t changed our style dramatically”, vocalist and bassist Niilo Sevänen explains the general approach of the new album. “Fans can rest assured that it is still classic INSOMNIUM. Of course there’s also some new flavors here and there, and maybe it’s even more diverse compared with the last album. The easy stuff is easier than before, the heavy stuff is heavier. The contrasts between the songs are probably bigger than on any of our previous albums.”

Exhibit A for the impressive sonic range INSOMNIUM cover on “Shadows Of The Dying Sun” is placed right in the center of the album: While the beastly “Black Heart Rebellion” features brutal blast beats and even ventures into black metal realms, the ensuing gut-wrenching semi-ballad “Lose To Night” may be the softest song INSOMNIUM have ever written. An emotional roller coaster the listener cannot flinch from. Of course it takes some reruns to fully grasp all the subtleties and details of the majestic compositions gathered on this tantalizing opus, however, those are the kind of records that outlive the rush of fresh excitement and finally become something bigger than just another new album, aren’t they? “That’s what we aim for, to have an interesting, diverse, long-lasting album that you don’t get fed up with”, Sevänen describes the musical self-conception of a band that has evolved impressively since their foundation in the Finnish university city of Joensuu back in 1997.

Inspired by bands such as their legendary countrymen Amorphis and Sentenced, early Paradise Lost or Swedish genre pioneers à la In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates or Opeth, 17-year-old Sevänen buried his grunge band and asked his metalhead schoolmates Ville Friman and Markus Hirvonen if they wanted to form a metal band with him. From that point, the only direction for INSOMNIUM was up: album by album – from their 2002 debut “In the Halls Of Awaiting” via “Since The Day It All Came Down” (2004), “Above The Weeping World” (2006) and “Across The Dark” (2009) through to their Century Media debut “One for Sorrow” (2011) – also introducing Markus Vanhala as the new fourth member. And tour by tour, the passionate musicians edged their way to the very top of the scene and have by now become the spearhead of melodic death metal made in Finland.

Even the departure of longtime guitarist Ville Vänni shortly before their tour supporting “One For Sorrow” at the end of 2011 couldn’t knock INSOMNIUM off course. With new guitarist Markus Vanhala, who has contributed considerably to “Shadows Of The Dying Sun”, they found an equal substitute for Vänni who left the band amicably for personal issues.

Maybe an album title like “Shadows Of The Dying Sun” might sound cliché for a melodic metal band from Finland at first. However, once you are lost in the fascinating sonic realms that INSOMNIUM conquer here, “Shadows Of The Dying Sun” suddenly becomes the only title possible. Branding the band as cliché Finns would be quite superficial anyway, especially as melodic monsters like “While We Sleep” or the album’s first single “Ephemeral” exude an immensely positive aura. “Somehow our music has always something sad, dark and dreary, and our lyrics just fit the music. It’s the kind of music we love and want to make, the kind of music that makes us feel good. It doesn’t mean that we are depressed or sad in our lives”, Sevänen muses. “And we do have empowering, hopeful and uplifting songs as well, even though at first sight some song titles may appear quite sad and melancholic. But there is an optimistic vibe hidden somewhere in our lyrics, some hope that not all is lost.”

An optimistic vibe becomes INSOMNIUM anyhow, seeing that they are about to conquer new frontiers with their manifold sixth studio album whose cover was once again designed by Ghost Brigade guitarist Wille Naukkarinen who had already done such a great job on “Across The Dark” and “One For Sorrow”.

Fearlessly and wakefully, INSOMNIUM now dispel the shadows of a dying sun – and head into a new tomorrow: The dawn of musical majesty.

BAND NEWS AND INTERVIEWS

October 4th will see the release of Insomnium’s eighth album, Heart Like A Grave! In Insomnium’s words: ”The concept of the album is to delve deep into the heart of

July 17, 2019 by Nikki Katsi

In just a few short days, Finland’s Insomnium will be ready to bring the second leg of their Winter’s Gate 2018 tour to European shores! The month-long tour starts on

March 8, 2018 by Nikki Katsi

Insomnium has revealed that they will reissue their 2011 release, One For Sorrow on vinyl. The release will also include the extra tracks Beyond The Horizon and Weather The Storm,

February 21, 2018 by Nikki Katsi
DISCOGRAPHY

Winter's Gate / 2016

Insomnium-Winter's Gate
  • Album Info
  • 2016
  • Century Media Records

Winter’s Gate is the seventh studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium.

It was released worldwide on September 23, 2016 via Century Media Records.

It is a concept album said to be about “a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near.” The album consists of a single 40-minute track, but it was split into seven separate tracks for the digital download and streaming version.

Shadows Of The Dying Sun / 2014

Insomnium-Shadows Of The Dying Sun
  • Album Info
  • 2014
  • Century Media Records

Shadows of the Dying Sun is the sixth studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium.

It was released in North America on April 29th, 2014 via Century Media Records, and on April 25th in Finland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, the rest of Europe, as well as Australia and New Zealand on April 28th. It is their first album with new guitarist Markus Vanhala after previous long-time guitarist Ville Vänni departed in 2011.

The song “Revelation“, in the form of a lyric video, was released on March 21, 2014. A music video was made for the song and single “While We Sleep“, which was released on April 7th, 2014. The last song, “Black Heart Rebellion” was released on April 22, 2014.

One For Sorrow / 2011

Insomnium-One For Sorrow
  • Album Info
  • 2011
  • Century Media Records

One for Sorrow is the fifth studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium.

It was released on October 12, 2011 in Finland, October 17, 2011 throughout the rest of Europe, and October 18, 2011 in the USA, on Century Media Records. It is the band’s first release on the Century Media label.

Music videos were released for the tracks “One for Sorrow“, Through the Shadows“, “Regain the Fire“, and for the limited edition bonus track “Weather The Storm“. 

Across The Dark / 2009

Insomnium-Across The Dark
  • Album Info
  • 2009
  • Candlelight Records

Across the Dark is the fourth full-length studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium.

It was released on September 7, 2009, on Candlelight Records. The album features Jules Näveri from Profane Omen and Enemy of the Sun as guest vocalist and Aleksi Munter from Swallow the Sun as guest keyboardist. The album was chosen as “Album of the month September, 2009” by German online magazine Metal 1.

The song “Weighed down with Sorrow” is dedicated to Miika Tenkula.

Above The Weeping World / 2006

Insomnium-Above The Weeping World
  • Album Info
  • 2006
  • Candlelight Records

Above the Weeping World is the third studio album by Insomnium.

It was released on August 9, 2006 in Europe and on October 17, 2006, the rest of the world, by Candlelight Records. A music video was made for “Mortal Share.

During its first week the album peaked at #9 on the Finnish album charts (week 39/2006).

The album’s lyrics have been influenced by (and occasionally taken from) classic poets like Hölderlin, Edgar Allan Poe and Finnish classic Eino Leino. The last track of the album, “In the Groves of Death” lasts about ten minutes, and its main theme is heavily inspired by Leino’s poem Tumma, the ending poem of his saga Helkavirsiä. The entire poem “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” by English poet Francis William Bourdillon is used as a chorus in the album’s third track “Drawn to Black“.  Above the Weeping World has received extraordinary reviews both in Finland (e.g. SUE magazine 10/10)) and abroad (e.g. Kerrang! 5/5), and the album debuted on the Finnish album charts at the 9th position (week 39/2006), which is a remarkable achievement for a melodic death metal band. At the same time Insomnium embarked on their first full European tour, playing 36 gigs in six weeks (5.9 – 15.10), in 15 countries.

Since The Day It All Came Down / 2004

Insomnium-Since The Day It All Came Down
  • Album Info
  • 2004
  • Candlelight Records

Since the Day It All Came Down is the second full-length studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium, released on 5 April 2004 via Candlelight Records.

In The Halls of Awaiting / 2002

Insomnium-In The Halls of Awaiting
  • Album Info
  • 2002
  • Candlelight Records

In the Halls of Awaiting is the debut album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium. It was released on April 30, 2002 through Candlelight Records.

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2019-10-25T19:00:00THE CIRCUSHelsinkiFinlandInfoTickets
2019-10-26T19:00:00OlympiaTampereFinlandInfoTickets
2019-11-01T19:00:00LutakkoJyväskyläFinlandInfoTickets
2019-11-02T19:00:00KerubiJoensuuFinlandInfoTickets
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2019-11-13T19:30:00Rock School BarbeyBordeauxFranceInfoTickets
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2019-11-15T19:00:00Sala Santana 27BilbaoSpainInfoTickets
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2019-11-18T19:00:00NINKASI GERLAND / KAOLyonFranceInfoTickets
2019-11-19T19:30:00Z7 KonzertfabrikPrattelnSwitzerlandInfoTickets
2019-11-20T19:00:00Arena WienWienAustriaInfoTickets
2019-11-21T07:00:00Kwadrat. Students clubKrakówPolandInfoTickets
2019-11-22T19:00:00Klub PralniaWrocławPolandInfoTickets
2019-11-23T15:00:00Winter Masters of RockZlinCzech RepublicInfoTickets
2019-11-24T19:30:00REITHALLE STRASSE EDresden-gitterseeGermanyInfoTickets
2019-11-26T19:00:00Barba NegraBudapestHungaryInfoTickets
2019-11-27T19:30:00Backstage WerkMünchenGermanyInfoTickets
2019-11-28T19:30:00RockfabrikLudwigsburgGermanyInfoTickets
2019-11-29T20:00:00Club VaudevilleLindau (bodensee)GermanyInfoTickets
2019-11-30T17:00:00Winter Days of MetalBohinjska BistricaSloveniaInfoTickets
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2019-12-02T19:00:00Live ClubTrezzo Sull'addaItalyInfoTickets
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2019-12-06T15:00:00Ruhrpott Metal MeetingOberhausen-rheinhausenGermanyInfoTickets
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2020-04-09T20:00:00TreesDallasUnited StatesInfoTickets
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