Insomnium- Through the Shadows
There’s a lot of hype around the new Insomnium album,”One for Sorrow”, as there should be. I really hope this new album brings these guys back to the states, and the fact that they are now signed to a major label (Century Label) significantly increases those chances.
If you haven’t been exposed to Finland’s finest melodic death band then you are in for a good time, and I am extremely jealous that you get to hear them for the first time. Insomnium crafts a unique brand of gothenburg style metal but with flecks of Finnish folk melodies and an overarching feeling of sorrow and regret. Their lyrics are unparalleled in the metal world, the combined lyricists of this band write some of the most beautiful poetry I have ever read. In a sense, they compose music that yields both fierce and romantic qualities, allowing Insomnium to be paired with a dismal and hopeless doom death bands such as Swallow the Sun or November’s Doom but with the passion, speed and melody of Dark Tranquillity.
When everything comes together and you just listen to the music, Insomnium is a band that makes perfect sense. They sustain their own realm of sound apart from the rest within their genre, and will some day, with a little of our support, reach the heights of bands like Amon Amarth, who are hot on the heels of The Black Dahlia Murder for most popular Metal Edge Records band.
I chose the new single “Through the Shadows” because I’m listening to the new album preparing for the release date so I can write a review, and it is a very good introduction song. It also is exciting if you happen to be a fan of the music, getting to hear the new song. They introduce the clean vocals of guitar player, Ville Friman, and though it is true that the previous album “Across the Dark” featured clean singing, it was provided by a guest vocalist. I believe that this was a talented singer, who sung every note perfect, however his voice didn’t fit the Insomnium sound very well, forcing his vocals to stick out too much. Friman on the other hand, fits “One for Sorrow” beautifully. Enjoy the video as well, in all of its performance glory.