Album Review: Insomnium – “Winter’s Gate”

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Not ones to shy away from a challenge, melodic death metallers Insomnium traverse a single 40 minute track on their seventh full length Winter’s Gate. But before there’s any dismissal purely based on length, this is an album full of emotion and beautifully tumultuous atmosphere that goes by in the blink of an eye. Not lost in the shuffle, however, is the band’s top shelf melodic death metal. Here, they are just as proficient with black metal influences and progressive song writing as well. It’s a sprawling epic, but one well worth investing the time to experience. Continue reading

Interview: Insomnium’s Niilo Sevänen on Winter’s Gate, Their Collective Vision and Communicating an Epic Story

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Insomnia – Photo Courtesy of Jussi Ratilainen

Finland’s Insomnium began their melodic death metal journey in 1997, have six full length albums to date and later this week will release their seventh, Winter’s Gate. It greatly expands on the quality we’ve come to expect from the band’s work but is also a very sincere effort. Winter’s Gate marks a departure of sorts from the standard album template and goes all in with one 40 minute track. Little doubt it’s a risk but within minutes the grand, epic scope and emotionally driven songwriting proves that the rewards far outweigh the risk. Niilo Sevänen (bass, vocals) was kind enough to answer a few questions about the upcoming album, sticking to the band’s vision, successfully retelling a story through music and much more. See what he had to say after the jump. Continue reading

Concert Review: Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum (August 13, 2015)

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It feels like I was just talking about an Insomnium tour only a few short months ago. Oh, wait…I was. You know the Finnish melodic death metal crew have earned themselves a special place among my favorites when I’ve seen them twice in a calendar year. The first time around, they opened for Dark Tranquillity at the Worcester Palladium, back in January. This time, they headlined an incredible performance with support from the very-closely-related Omnium Gatherum at the same venue. Yes, that’s right. I’ve seen Insomnium twice in barely eight months at the same damn venue. And you know what? If they were right back there tonight…I’d be there for a third. Let’s go over some highlights from last night.

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