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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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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!"

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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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Insomnium Checks In From The Studio

Insomnium is currently in the studio working on the follow-up release to "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here). The band has checked in with the following recording update:

"We’ve now recorded rhythm guitars for 5 songs. In addition to Marshall+EVH combo we’re also using Mesa Single Rectifier and my seven stringed Mayones to add some more depth and fatness to the sound.

"The new material is definitely more varied than before. For example, we’re flirting a bit with death/black metal vibe with some of the songs. Nevertheless, everything sounds very much like Insomnium and I guess that’s mainly due to our 'trademark' melodies.

"We’re splitting rhythm parts pretty much equally with Markus and also try out different guitar arrangements as we go. All in all, the mood is very relaxed and we’re making good progress without too much pressure and stress."

Insomnium has also uploaded a series of photos from the studio, which can be found at Facebook here.

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Pit Stories: Olympic Pit Throwing

Every week we check in with bands from across the globe to get their favorite stories from metal shows. This week Insomnium guitarist/vocalist Ville Friman shares the following story of kids in a pit going airborne courtesy of an Olympic hammer thrower:

When I was young, there really wasn’t a pit culture at Finnish live shows. However, mosh pits have become more popular among young people within the past few years - and we even get these once in a while. One thing you often notice from the stage is the size, age, and strength differences between different people. At one of our recent shows in Helsinki, a pit broke loose during “The Killjoy.” After awhile, you could see these small kids starting to fly around from the back of the audience. When I took a more careful look, I could see that Finnish Olympic hammer thrower, Olli-Pekka Karjalainen, had come to see our show and was taking part in the pit by pushing around these small teens. Even though everybody was enjoying the show and having fun, I was pretty glad to be on the safe side of the room.

Insomnium is currently working on the follow-up to "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here), with full details on the new album forthcoming. The band has already posted one single from the forthcoming opus.

Check out the new song "Ephemeral" below, and be sure to check back in again next Tuesday for more Pit Stories. More...

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Insomnium Releases New Lyric Video

Insomnium will release a new digital single on November 19th titled "Ephemeral." The track comes off the band's upcoming, as-yet-untitled new album, which will follows previous full-length "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here).

Today a lyric video for "Ephemeral" has also been released and can be viewed below, courtesy of Metal Hammer. This single marks the first track to feature the band’s new guitarist, Markus Vanhala (also in Omnium Gatherum), who replaced Ville Vänni in 2011.

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Insomnium Posts Studio Documentary

Before entering the studio to record a new album, Finland’s dark and melodic death metal outfit Insomnium has compiled a making-of documentary of the band's time recording "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here), which was Insomnium's Century Media debut full-length.

Check out the clip below, and fans in Europe can also see the band supporting Children of Bodom this fall. Dates are available after the jump.

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Insomnium Posts "One For Sorrow" Video

Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium return to North America in October for a tour with Epica, Alestorm, and System Divide. In anticipation of this trek, the band is partnering with AOL Noisecreep to premiere a video for the title track off latest album, "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here).

Watch the video - a live recording from the Wacken Open Air and Tuska Open Air festivals - through Noisecreep or in the player below.

Vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen comments: "'One for Sorrow' is one of the best songs Insomnium has ever done. It stands out as a unique kind of track and it clearly deserves a video of its own. It's not your typical melodic death metal song but something else: the essence of the song is not its pace or brutality, but its haunting and melancholic atmosphere. And that mood might be much heavier than any blast-beat onslaught you can create...

"The video for 'One for Sorrow' was filmed at Wacken Open Air and Tuska Open Air this summer. The atmosphere at both these shows was absolutely amazing, and I hope this live video conveys the feeling that we were really enjoying our time on stage...After a busy summer and a short break, it now feels good to get touring again. We've been waiting for five years since our last North American tour and finally we have the chance to keep conquering America. We'll be all around the continent, and it will surely be a great tour for everyone. See you soon!" More...

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Alestorm Touring With Epica

Premiere pirate metal band and Napalm Records recording artist Alestorm will be setting sail to North American waters once again, touring the United States and Canada this month and next as direct support to Epica.

The 28-date tour begins on October 23rd in Washington, DC and concludes November 24th in Baltimore, with three headlining Alestorm shows along the way. Also joining the tour will be Insomnium, System Divide, and Destiny Potato. Dates are available below.

For some awesome nautical mayhem, check out Alestorm's video of "Death Throes of the Terrorsquid" at this location. More...

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