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Insomnium

Formed: 1997
From: Joensuu, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Insomnium News

Below is our complete Insomnium news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Insomnium Cancels Tour

After recently having to replace two members for live shows, Insomnium has now issued the following statement about cancelling upcoming European tour dates:

"First of all, we like to start thanking all of you for your continued support during these dark times. You have welcomed Mike Bear and Nick Cordle with open arms and because of you and headstrong Markus’s the U.S. tour is still going as strong as ever. For this we are eternally grateful.

"However due to unfortunate circumstances, we have no choice but to cancel the planned Eastern European tour. We hope we can rebook this tour in the future and come and play our hearts out for you as soon as possible. We are truly sorry for this but the current situation is beyond us.

"In other note, we will be playing three-gig tour in Belarus and Russia in November (5-7.11) and all the booked one-off shows including Metal Hammer awards gig in Berlin (18.9), Geiselwind Christmas Bash (11.12) and 70000Tons of metal cruise in next February. We’ll be back in full strength before you know it."

Niilo comments: "I've spent the past weeks in a hospital with my family. We've had some positive news but it's not yet clear how much time we need to spend here during the coming months. It's obvious that I can't do any longer tours at least for the rest of the year. I hope that I can get back to touring as soon as possible and we’ll be able to play in all these countries in the future."

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Insomnium Announces Replacement for Niilo Sevanen

Set to kick off their headlining North American tour this week with country mates Omnium Gatherum, Finnish melodic death metal act Insomnium has announced a live replacement for vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevanen, who was forced off the tour due to a family emergency. The band previously announced a replacement for guitarist Ville Friman in the form of Sanctuary's Nick Cordle.

The band posted: "Dear fans, last Saturday we got unexpected phone call while driving to Gothoom Festival in Slovakia. Unfortunately, serious illness had taken place in Niilo's close family. We all felt devastated but somehow we were still able to pull through the show. However, due to these unpredicted circumstances, there was no way Niilo could have been able to leave his family behind and attend the upcoming US tour. Family is the most important thing and always comes first.

"We were left with two equally bad options. To cancel the tour altogether or to go and try to find replacement for Niilo in couple of days notice. We had already invested considerable amount of money on this tour and whole tour personnel had made commitments to take time off from other work to do this tour. At the same time we felt really bad about thinking about financial side of things while one of our best friends was going through terrible family tragedy. After series of emergency meetings we decided to go and look if there would be anyone that could help us out. All things considered, 50% original line up would be better than no line up at all. We also did not want to let down all the people who had already bought the tickets. Most importantly, we did not want to give up.

"So we went and wrote to all our friends on the state side and asked if anybody knew anyone. The response and the number of people who wanted to help us out overwhelmed us. Several talented individuals were ready to step in with short notice. We are eternally grateful and humbled by this response and it only shows how dedicated and compassionate people in US metal scene are. After numerous encounters we came across Mike Bear (ARTISAN, PROTOTYPE) who will be handling growling and bass duties on this tour." More...

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Insomnium Announces 7" Split with Omnium Gatherum

Ready to embark on their first USA headlining tour this August, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium have announced a split 7" with Omnium Gatherum, who will be direct support on the trek. This release is "double A-sided" (meaning, each band has their own front-cover side) and contains one track from Insomnium, "Out To The Sea" (which previously appeared on the now sold-out Shadows Of The Dying Sun deluxe CD box-set edition), and one track from Omnium Gatherum, "Skyline" (which will appear on the band's new album due out February 2016). Featuring artwork by Olli-Pekka Lappalainen (who previously created designs for both bands), this tour exclusive 7" is limited to 500 copies and available at all shows while supplies last. See below the track-listing and dates: More...

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Insomnium Names Fill-In Guitarist For Tour

Finnish melodic death metal act Insomnium announced that Sanctuary guitarist Nick Cordle (ex-Arch Enemy/ex-Arsis) will fill-in as guitarist for Ville Friman on theupcoming North American tour.

The band embarks on the first headlining tour of the U.S. this August. The statement in part reads: "Due to his very busy work schedule, Ville Friman is not able to join the band on this run of dates, but fans can still expect the dual face-melting, guitar hero onslaught of Vanhala & Cordle every night!"

Friman commented: "My sincere apologies for not being able to take part in Insomnium's touring schedule this year. I've tried my best to work my way around work and band and will be doing as many shows as possible. Unfortunately, I won't be able to take part in this run. But worry not, Nick has kindly accepted to step into my shoes and will be shredding his way into your hearts every night. In the meanwhile, I'll be concentrating on coming up with new Insomnium tunes. Hope to see you soon in North America."

Nick Cordle adds: "It'll be an honor and a pleasure to sit in with Insomnium on this run! They're an awesome live band and I'll try to hold up my end of that 'face melting guitar hero onslaught' as promised!"

Kicking off at the Heavy MTL festival on August 9th, the tour also features Omnium Gatherum as direct support. Stay tuned for details about a special tour split 7" with both bands coming soon! More...

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Insomnium Announces North American Tour

After successfully completing an extensive trek with Dark Tranquility in January, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium are excited to announce their return to North America this Summer/Fall for their first ever USA headlining tour! Featuring Omnium Gatherum as direct support, the run kicks off at the Heavy MTL Festival on August 9th.

Vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen commented: "We are very happy to return to North America so quickly! With each previous tour we have felt that we've clearly gone forward and gained new fans so now it's the right time to bring a full headliner show across the Atlantic Ocean. We are very much looking forward to playing in Heavy MTL festival and that will be an awesome kickstart for the tour. And naturally we are more than happy to be sharing the bus and stage with our fellow Finnish brothers in death metal, the almighty Omnium Gatherum! Killer shows expected every night so get your tickets way in advance. See you all soon!"

Guitarist Markus Vanhala - who will pull double duty this tour - added: "Here's the tour that every melodeathmaniac (except my back & neck) have been waiting for - the double trouble Insomnium Gatherum tour in North America! That's gonna a hell of a ride thru America and nice times with super dudes as both of my brotherhood camps will be staying in the same bus. The last year's Omnium Gatherum North American debut tour was a blast and also a great success, so I'm really happy to come back also with OG and have another round spin of 'Beyond the World tour' beyond Atlantic!"

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Insomnium Kicking Off New Tour

Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium will be kicking off the new year with a special North American tour alongside label mates Dark Tranquillity.

See below for all upcoming dates on the rapidly approaching live trek.

Insomnium will be touring in support of latest full-length album "Shadows Of The Dying Sun" (reviewed here).


Jan. 4 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Jan. 5 - West Springfield, VA - Empire
Jan. 6 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Jan. 7 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Jan. 8 - Quebec City, QC - Dagobert
Jan. 9 - Montreal, QC - FouFounes
Jan. 10 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Jan. 11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Jan. 12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Jan. 13 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Jan. 14 - Kokomo, IN - Centerstage
Jan. 15 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
Jan. 16 - Minnesota, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
Jan. 17 - Winnipeg, MB - The West End Cultural Center
Jan. 18 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub
Jan. 19 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Jan. 20 - Calgary, AB - Republik
Jan. 22 - Vancouver, BC - The Venue
Jan. 23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Jan. 24 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Jan. 25 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
Jan. 26 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Jan. 27 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Jan. 29 - Dallas, TX - Neon Trees More...

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Announces New Tour Dates

Italy's symphonic death metal horde Fleshgod Apocalypse will return to European roads in late October, joining Finnish death metal powerhouse Insominum. Fleshgod Apocalypse will be touring in support of latest album "Labyrinth" (reviewed here).

The tour will kick off October 30th in Weinheim and will be concluded on November 16th in Cologne. Opening each night will be Finnish five-piece Stamina. Commented Fleshgod Apocalypse guitarist & vocalist Tommaso Riccardi:

“We are very proud to hit Europe again in November, especially with such a cool package. We've always been interested in Insomnium's music, and I personally enjoy their last work 'Shadows Of The Dying Sun' a lot.

"Also, I have to admit I just recently listened to Stamina and I really like they're groovy style too. I think their idea on the video clip for ‘Valtiaan Uudet Vaateet’ was great! I think the three of us will work very well together, since there's the right balance of violence, speed, grove and melody, so I am really confident it will be great every night. More...

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Unioni Festival at The Circus, Helsinki

Unioni Festival was a new occurrence this year, and this mini festival quickly became the most anticipated even of the autumn calendar in Helsinki. People came from all over Europe, and even as far as Los Angeles to catch the amazing lineup these two days boasted. Livenation has really outdone themselves this time around, and with both nights of the long anticipated Unioni festival sold out, they’d do well to be patting themselves on the back! More...

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Insomnium Releasing "The Candlelight Years" Set

Insomnium's new set "The Candlelight Years" is available now to pre-order at this location, and is officially due out November 24th. Candlelight Records comments:

"Covering the halcyon years that Insomnium spent with Candlelight Records, this 4 CD collection promises to deliver all the essential content any Insomnium fan would look for. Furthermore, it would be the perfect introduction for anyone looking to broaden their heavy metal horizons.

"Ranging from the epic label Debut, In The Halls Of Awaiting, to the crushing 4th release Across The Dark, this covers the entire gamut of work created under Candlelight Records - including the extremely rare and hard-to-find demo EP: Underneath The Moonlit Waves. Packaged in a smart 4CD jewelcase, this release not only sounds great, but looks the part, too.

"2014 is proving to be a spectacular year for Insomnium, enjoying an autumnal headline tour across Europe - including dates in the UK - and supported by Fleshgod Apocalypse and Stam1na isn't enough for these guys: Insomnium aren't resting on their laurels - instead they have hit the studio and begun work on a new album! Make sure you start your collection right here with this awesome bundle of the finest melodic death metal Finland has to offer!"

The track listing is: More...

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Roundtrip To Hel, Part III

[Continued from Part II]

SUNDAY, 6/29 - 13:00

“We have less than thirty minutes to catch the bus.”

THAT gets me moving. Did I mention I’ve developed Midnight Sun Syndrome since arriving in Finland? According to the current DSM edition, its chief symptom is “a complete ignorance and lack of regard for the time of day and nonchalant indifference toward tardiness; see also ‘The Casual Southerner.’”

I enter the bathroom. Nera, a shy, tiny black cat, scampers between my legs and out the door. I almost trip and plant a bare foot smack in the litter box. I’m still waking up.

As the mornings have ticked by - it’s still “morning” to us this weekend - it’s gotten more and more difficult to grease the joints, clear the skull, and get going. Tuska is not a camping festival, so I’ll be damned if I’m going to forsake the comforts of home at my disposal. A shit, shower, and shave is as good as a full-immersion baptism after a night of drinking.

My ill-advised windmilling at Omnium Gatherum last night really did a twisting number on my hair, which is in danger of Chris Barnesing. Lacking a brush, I clumsily yank apart the knotted strands and clumps cemented together with dried sweat.

And then, Rachel’s muffled yell over the running shower, through the closed door: “You ready?” Not even close. More...

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Dark Tranquillity Announces Tour With Insomnium

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity and Finland's Insomnium have announced a North American tour together.

The Century Media package will start in New York City in the first week of January 2015 and run through the end of the month. See dates below.

Dark Tranquillity released latest album "Construct" (reviewed here) in May of 2013. Insomnium's new album "Shadows of the Dying Sun" (read our review) also hit stores last month.

Jan 4: New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Jan 5: West Springfield, VA - Empire
Jan 6: Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Jan 7: Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Jan 8: Quebec City, QC - Dagobert
Jan 9: Montreal, QC - FouFounes
Jan 10: Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Jan 11: Toronto, ON - Opera House
Jan 12: Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Jan 13: Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Jan 14: Kokomo, IN - Centerstage
Jan 15: Joliet, IL - Mojoes
Jan 16: Minnesota, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
Jan 17: Winnipeg, MB - The West End Cultural Center
Jan 18: Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub
Jan 19: Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Jan 20: Calgary, AB - Republik
Jan 22: Vancouver, BC - The Venue
Jan 23: Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Jan 24: Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Jan 25: San Francisco, CA - Slims
Jan 26: Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Jan 27: Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Jan 29: Dallas, TX - Neon Trees

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Rock Hard Festival Live Stream Available

The Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany will be available via a live stream at this location this weekend. Bands scheduled to be broadcast are listed here (all times are CET):

Friday, June 6th (as of press time Triptykon is currently streaming):

21.30 - 23.00 TRIPTYKON
19.45 - 21.00 DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER

Saturday, June 7th:

21.30 - 23.00 CARCASS
19.45 - 21.00 SACRED REICH
18.15 - 19.15 OBITUARY
15.45 - 16.30 SÓLSTAFIR
14.45 - 15.25 SCREAMER

Sunday, June 8th:

18.10 - 19.20 ANNIHILATOR
16.30 - 17.40 MONSTER MAGNET
15.15 - 16.00 INSOMNIUM
14.05 - 14.50 ORPHANED LAND
13.00 - 13.40 BLUES PILLS More...

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Insomnium Announces Shows With Fleshgod Apocalypse

Insomnium will hit the European roads this fall to present new album "Shadows Of The Dying Sun" (reviewed here) with support from Fleshgod Apocalypse and Stam1na. Dates for the trek are as follows:

30.10. DE Darmstadt, Steinbruch Theater
31.10. DE Lindau, Claub Vaudeville
01.11. NL Uden, De Pul
02.11. DE Bochum, Matrix
03.11. CH Pratteln, Z7
04.11. DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
05.11. F Paris, Divan Du Monde
06.11. UK Birmingham, Oobleck
07.11. UK London, Underworld
08.11. BE Vosselaar, Biebob
09.11. DE Hamburg, Gruenspan
10.11. DE Berlin, Columbia Club
11.11. DE Munich, Feierwerk
12.11. AT Vienna, Szene
13.11. PL Kracow, Lizard King
14.11. PL Wroclaw, Od Zmierzchu do Switu
15.11. CZ Prague, Rock Café
16.11. DE Cologne, Essigifabrik More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 14

Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) kicks off this week’s Official Podcast with a special announcement: Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL is sponsoring a ticket giveaway for the upcoming Ghost show this Wednesday, May 7th.

If you’d like to get in on it, contact Kevin via Twitter or Instagram (he goes by “n0thinghead” on both) and provide your full name, which must match your ID at the box office.

Next, Kevin and co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) react to the recently announced Summer Slaughter Tour lineup, featuring headliners Morbid Angel and including such bands as Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore, and Origin.

Then, Mike reviews the recent Century Media release “Back From Beyond,” the third studio album (and first since 1996) by Tampa, Florida death metal outfit Massacre. The band features former members of Death, Six Feet Under, and many other acts.

Finally, Mike and Kevin indulge in their shared love of melodic death metal by co-reviewing another Century Media release: “Shadows Of The Dying Sun,” the fresh and highly anticipated new album from Finland’s Insomnium.

Check out the podcast here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Insomnium Streaming Entire New Album

Insomnium's new album "Shadows Of The Dying Sun" sees official release today (check out our review here) and today you can hear the full album for yourself!

Listen to all ten songs off the new opus below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net. The full track listing is as follows:

1. The Primeval Dark
2. While We Sleep (check out the video here)
3. Revelation (see the lyric video here)
4. Black Heart Rebellion
5. Lose To Night
6. Collapsing Words
7. The River
8. Ephemeral
9. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun More...

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Insomnium Streaming New Track

Insomnium's sixth studio album, "Shadows Of The Dying Sun" (reviewed here) is about to be released in Europe (April 28th) and North America (April 29th).

For a preview of this upcoming melodic death metal masterpiece, a new track titled "Black Heart Rebellion" can be heard below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Primeval Dark
2. While We Sleep (check out the video here)
3. Revelation (see the lyric video here)
4. Black Heart Rebellion
5. Lose To Night
6. Collapsing Words
7. The River
8. Ephemeral
9. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun More...

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Insomnium Posts New Music Video

Finnish melodic death metal outfit Insomnium has completed the video clip for the track "While We Sleep," taken from upcoming album "Shadows Of The Dying Sun," which is due out April 28th in Europe and April 29th in North America via Century Media Records.

The video was directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz and can be viewed below, courtesy of No Clean Singing.

Insomnium's Ville Friman (guitars/vocals) comments: "Couple of weeks ago we travelled to Wroclaw, Poland, to shoot the first music video from 'Shadows Of The Dying Sun'. This time we decided to work with a Polish production company, Grupa 13, whose work includes the new Behemoth video, amongst others. The song we chose for the video is called 'While We Sleep'. It's a wistful song with all typical Insomnium elements included - riffs, melodies, aggression, sorrow, grandeur and hope. We shot everything within one day and it was really a pleasure to work with such a professional film group. Everything went smoothly, and we are amazed and very happy with the end result. You really can't complain when the film group provides you vodka schnapps between the takes. We sincerely hope that you'll like the end result as much as we do."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Primeval Dark
2. While We Sleep
3. Revelation (see the lyric video here)
4. Black Heart Rebellion
5. Lose To Night
6. Collapsing Words
7. The River
8. Ephemeral
9. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun More...

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New Insomnium Lyric Video Posted

Century Media Records has revealed the latest lyric video from Finnish melodic death metal act Insomnium. The track, "Revelations," comes off the the band's upcoming album, "Shadows of the Dying Sun." Check it out below:

"Shadows of the Dying Sun" hits shelves April 25th, 2014 (FIN/GER/SWI/AUT), April 28th, 2014 (Rest of EU/AUS/NZ) and April 29th, 2014 (North America).

Here is the track list for the album: More...

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Insomnium Posts Trailer For New LP

Finnish melodic death metal act Insomnium issued a trailer for the upcoming new album "Shadows of the Dying Sun." The album, the band's sixth full length effort, is set for release on April 25th (FIN/GER/SWI/AUT), April 28th (Rest of EU/AUS/NZ) and April 29th (North America) via Century Media Records.

All of the drums were recorded at studio SF Sound (with Kimmo Perkkiö) while the rest of the instruments were recorded at studio Korkeakoski with producer Teemu Aalto. André Alvinzi (Fascination Street Studios) mixed the album and Svante Forsbäck (Chartmakers) handled mastering.

The track list for the album is:

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

Check out the teaser clip here:

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Insomnium To Release Album This Spring

This past December, Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium spent the holiday season in the studio recording a 6th full-length album.

In order to achieve the best production in the band's history, Insomnium decided to record drums at SF Sound (with Kimmo Perkkiö), located in the group's former hometown (Joensuu), while recording the remaining instruments at studio Korkeakoski (Kotka) with Teemu Aalto. André Alvinzi (Fascination Street Studios) will now mix the album so that it will see a spring 2014 release.

Insomnium' Ville Friman (guitars/vocals) comments: "Again, the process could be described as a battle against time and ever-narrowing deadlines. We worked long days and we worked hard. But in the end, it was all worth it: new songs sound just amazing. I think the new material is a bit more atmospheric than before. We explored different directions, and for example, experimented with rhythms a bit more; we even have blast beats on this album. And of course, Markus Vanhala brought in his influence in terms of song writing and guitar playing which is something new. However, I think we did not push it too far but stayed loyal to our own sound. Our intention was never really to change but merely update and revise our sound a bit. And I think we did pretty good job with it." More...

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