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Insomnium

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

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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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"Winter's Gate" Trailer #3 Posted By Insomnium

Finnish melodic death metal act Insomnium issued the third trailer for the new album "Winter's Gate." The release - consisting of one 40 minute epic journey will be issued on September 23rd via Century Media.

"Winter's Gate" was mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound AB studio in Sweden. It is a concept based on the short story of the same name ("Talven portti" in Finnish) written by vocalist & bassist Niilo Sevänen. The full story will be released together with the album as a book with translations in English, Finnish and German, and illustrated by the artist Teemu Tähkänen. Pre-order your copy at this location.

Check out the clip here:

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Insomnium Releases "Winter's Gate" Trailer

Insomnium just dropped a second teaser trailer for upcoming album "Winter's Gate," which is due to drop through Century Media Records on September 23rd, 2016.

The album was mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound AB studio in Sweden and is a concept release made up of one epic 40 minute song built around a short story of the same name ("Talven portti" in Finnish), written by vocalist & bassist Niilo Sevänen.

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Insomnium Posts Album Trailer

The Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium today brings us the first "Winter's Gate" trailer - check it out below. The album will drop through Century Media Records on September 23rd, 2016.

"Winter's Gate" is a concept album made up of one epic 40 minute song built around a short story of the same name ("Talven portti" in Finnish) written by vocalist & bassist Niilo Sevänen.

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Insomnium Unveils "Winter's Gate"

Finnish melodic death metal group Insomnium just revealed the cover artwork for upcoming album, "Winter's Gate."

It's a concept album made up of one epic 40 minute song. The album is built around a short story, "Winter's Gate" (Talven portti in Finnish), written by vocalist & bassist Niilo Sevänen, recipient of numerous Finnish awards and nominations.

The short story is about a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near. The full story will be released together with the album as a book with translations in English, Finnish and German, and illustrated by the artist Teemu Tähkänen. More...

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Insomnium Reveals New Album

The Finnish melodic death metal outfit Insomnium has been forging a very special release during the past few months, entitled "Winter's Gate:" a concept album made up of one epic 40 minute song.

The album is built around a short story written by vocalist & bassist Niilo Sevänen, recipient of numerous Finnish awards and nominations. The story is about a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near. The full story will be released together with the album as a book with translations in English, Finnish and German, and illustrated by artist Teemu Tähkänen.

The album is currently being mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound AB studio in Sweden and will be out worldwide through Century Media Records on September 23rd, 2016. Upcoming tour dates for autumn and winter will be announced soon.

06.17.2016 Tampere Metal Meeting, Tampere, Finland
06.19.2016 Hellfest, Clisson, France
06.25.2016 Tons of Rock, Halden, Norway
06.30.2016 Provinssirock, Seinaejoki, Finland
07.22.2016 Klang! Festival, Kekava, Latvia
07.23.2016 Riverside Festival, Esslingen, Germany
07.26.2016 Metal Days, Tolmin, Slovenia
08.13.2016 Brutal Assault, Josefov, Czech Rep
08.14.2016 Rockstadt Extreme Fest, Rasnov, Romania
08.19.2016 Kaltenbach Open Air, Spital, Austria
08.20.2016 Rockstad Falun, Falun, Sweden
08.27.2016 100% Metal Fest, Istanbul, Turkey More...

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
Arkona
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Diabolical Added To Kaltenbach Open Air 2016

Austria's metal underground festival K:O:A (Kaltenbach Open Air) has announced the addition of the swedish death metal titans Diabolical to the billing of its 11th edition. K:O:A will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016, in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Austrian Alps nearby the small village of Spital am Semmering, including the following so far confirmed bands:

Exodus, Unleashed, Tankard, Taake, Impaled Nazarene, Insomnium, Jungle Rot, Monument Of Misanthropy, Skyforger, Thulcandra, Forgotten Tomb, Abrupt Demise, Age Of Agony, Anomalie, asmodeus, Ctulu, Epsilon, Halo Creation, Harakiri For The Sky, Illuminata, Insanity Alert, Moros, Mortal Strike, Mosfet, Nuclear Vomit, Pray for Pain, Sakrileg, Steel Engraved, Taxidermist, Vulvathrone, Waldschrat.

Tickets for the three days lasting festival can be ordered online at Ticketmaster HERE.

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Novembers Doom, Nervosa Named For 70,000 Tons

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this Thursday, and promoters UMC have announced all but one act to complete the lineup with the latest additions: Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation.

The clue to the 60th band to be announced is "jewel" and begins with a "D."

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation join the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup Closer To Complete

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal is about to set sail next Thursday, and promoters UMC are inching closer to completing the lineup - the latest addition is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer)'s new act Dead Cross.

Other additions include: Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. Also, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Dead Cross, Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia join the following previously named acts (with 9 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Monument Of Misanthropy Added To Kaltenbach 2016

Austria's metal underground festival K:O:A (Kaltenbach Open Air) has announced the addition of Austrian/French brutal death metal veterans of Monument Of Misanthropy to the billing of its 11th edition. K:O:A will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016, in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Austrian Alps nearby the small village of Spital am Semmering, including the following so far confirmed bands:

Exodus, Unleashed, Tankard, Taake, Impaled Nazarene, Insomnium, Jungle Rot, Skyforger, Thulcandra, Forgotten Tomb, Abrupt Demise, Age Of Agony, Anomalie, asmodeus, Ctulu, Epsilon, Halo Creation, Harakiri For The Sky, Illuminata, Insanity Alert, Moros, Mortal Strike, Mosfet, Nuclear Vomit, Parental Advisory, Pray for Pain, Sakrileg, Steel Engraved, Taxidermist, Vulvathrone, Waldschrat.

Tickets for the three days lasting festival can be ordered online at Ticketmaster HERE.

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Eluveitie Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 41 bands of the 60 revealed. Three more acts (Hint: from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden) will be added this week.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Eluveitie joins the following previously named acts (with 19 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Jungle Rot Confirmed For Kaltenbach Open Air 2016

Austria's metal underground festival K:O:A (Kaltenbach Open Air) has announced the addition of Jungle Rot to the billing of its 11th edition. K:O:A will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016, in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Austrian Alps nearby the small village of Spital am Semmering, including the following so far confirmed bands:

Exodus, Unleashed, Tankard, Taake, Impaled Nazarene, Insomnium, Jungle Rot, Skyforger, Thulcandra, Forgotten Tomb, Abrupt Demise, Age Of Agony, Anomalie, asmodeus, Ctulu, Disfigured Divinity, Epsilon, Halo Creation, Harakiri For The Sky, Illuminata, Insanity Alert, Moros, Mortal Strike, Mosfet, Nuclear Vomit, Parental Advisory, Pray for Pain, Sakrileg, Steel Engraved, Taxidermist, Vulvathrone, Waldschrat.

Tickets for the three days lasting festival can be ordered online at Ticketmaster HERE.

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Taake Confirmed For Kaltenbach Open Air 2016

Formerly known as Thule, this band unarguably breathes and represents the spirit of true Norwegian Black Metal more than any other. For the very first time Taake will be unleashing hell at Kaltenbach Open Air, which will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016.

Taake will be sharing the stage with the following other so far confirmed bands: More...

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K:O:A 2016: Exodus, Unleashed, Tankard Confirmed

Austria's metal underground festival K:O:A (Kaltenbach Open Air) has announced the intermediate billing of its 11th edition, which will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016, including the following so far confirmed bands:

- Exodus
- Unleashed
- Tankard
- Insomnium
- Thulcandra
- Abrupt Demise
- Anomalie
- asmodeus
- Disfigured Divinity
- Epsilon
- Halo Creation
- Illuminata
- Moros
- Mortal Strike
- Mosfet
- Pray for Pain
- Steel Engraved
- Waldschrat

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds Six More Acts For 2016

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 4 more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 40 bands of the 60 revealed.

The latest additions are: Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader!

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader join the following previously named acts (with 20 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Bloodbath, Krisiun, 2 Others Added To 70,000 Tons

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 4 more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 34 bands of the 60 to be announced.

The latest additions are: Bloodbath, Krisiun, Vallenfyre and Subway to Sally.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Bloodbath, Krisiun, Vallenfyre and Subway to Sally join the following previously named acts:

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Updated Lineup For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Over the past few months, UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 17 acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 30 acts of the 60 announced.

The latest additions are: Aura Noir, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Credle of Filth, Epica, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Insomnium, Manilla Road, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Tsjuder, Tyr and Visions of Atlantis.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Aura Noir, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Credle of Filth, Epica, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Insomnium, Manilla Road, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Tsjuder, Tyr and Visions of Atlantis join the previously named acts:

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Delain
DragonForce
Firewind
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil
Moonspell
My Dying Bride
Thyrfring
Turisas More...

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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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