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About Insomnium

  • 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 centre 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.



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  • Shadows Of The Dying Sun
  • Shadows Of The Dying Sun


    Released : 2014
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    Track List
    1. The Primeval Dark
    2. While We Sleep
    3. Revelation
    4. Black Heart Rebellion
    5. Lose To Night
    6. Collapsing Words
    7. The River
    8. Ephemeral (album version)
    9. The Promethean Song
    10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun
    11. Out To The Sea
  • One For Sorrow
  • One For Sorrow


    Released : 2011
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    Track List
    1. Inertia
    2. Through The Shadows
    3. Song Of The Blackest Bird
    4. Only One Who Waits
    5. Unsung
    6. Every Hour Wounds
    7. Decoherence
    8. Lay The Ghost To Rest
    9. Regain The Fire
    10. One For Sorrow
  • Across the Dark
  • Across the Dark


    Released : 2009
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    Track List
    1. Equivalence
    2. Down With The Sun
    3. Where The Last Wave Broke
    4. The Harrowing Years
    5. Against The Stream
    6. Lay of the Autumn
    7. Into The Woods
    8. Weighed Down with Sorrow
  • Above The Weeping World
  • Above The Weeping World


    Released : 2006
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    Track List
    1. The Gale
    2. Mortal Share
    3. Drawn to Black
    4. Change of Heart
    5. At the Gates of Sleep
    6. The Killjoy
    7. Last Statement
    8. Devoid of Caring
    9. In the Groves of Death
  • Since The Day All Came Down
  • Since The Day All Came Down


    Released : 2004
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    Track List
    1. Nocturne
    2. The Day It All Came Down
    3. Daughter Of The Moon
    4. The Moment Of Reckoning
    5. Bereavement
    6. Under The Plaintive Sky
    7. Resonance
    8. Death Walked the Earth
    9. Closing Words
    10. Disengagement
    11. Song Of the Forlorn Son
  • In The Halls Of Waiting
  • In The Halls Of Waiting


    Released : 2002
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    Track List
    1. Ill-Starred Son
    2. Song Of The Storm
    3. Medela
    4. Dying Chant
    5. The Elder
    6. Black Waters
    7. Shades Of Deep Green
    8. The Bitter End
    9. Journey Unkown
    10. In The Halls Of Awaiting