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Insomnium

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

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012 , Day 2

And then it was Saturday! Day two of Tuska again started a bit earlier then the hungover and tired festival goers may have wished but the drowsy vibes quickly vanished (though not the rain clouds) as the day started on a much folkier note. Tuska Day Two promised another heavy day of good music, good people and the summer vibe that has Finns and Non Finn's coming from all over to partake in the festivities.

First up today was Estonian folk metallers Metsätöll! I have been excited to see these guys for years now and it was with bated breath that I entered the photo pit this morning! And here I will be a bit blasphemous and state that Lauri (Varulven) Õunapuu is quite simply a god of folk instruments. Throughout the set he seamlessly switched from bagpipes, to flutes, and numerous stringed Estonian folk instruments. Each one was expertly played and gave the performance a mysterious lovely quality. The Estonian language is quite obviously similar to Finnish, and in fact singer Markus "Rabapagan" Teeäär wows the predominantly Finnish crowd (and presumably wins their hearts) by speaking to them in Finnish. It needs to be said: his accent is much better than mine. Metsätöll is one of those folk metal bands that clearly love what they do, and though the music is fun and foly as ever, there is a lovely mysterious undertone that lends one’s mind to thinking thoughts of dark forests and legends of old. More...

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Dew-Scented Confirmed For Summer Breeze

This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:

"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!

"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."

The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...

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Insomnium Announces North American Shows

Insomnium, which recently posted a music video online for "Regain the Fire," will join forces with Epica, Alestorm, System Divide and Destiny Potato to tour North America this fall. The currently announced dates are as follows:

10/23/12 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.
10/25/12 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/26/12 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/27/12 Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/29/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC - CANADA
10/30/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC - CANADA
10/31/12 Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
11/02/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/03/12 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/12 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
11/05/12 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/07/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
11/08/12 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/10/12 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/11/12 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/12/12 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/12 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/15/12 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/16/12 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
11/17/12 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
11/19/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/20/12 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
11/21/12 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
11/23/12 Headliners – Louisville, KY
11/24/12 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

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Insomnium Posts "Regain The Fire" Music Video

Insomnium is now presenting a second video from the "One For Sorrow" album (reviewed here). You can check out the video clip for "Regain The Fire" via Terrorizer or in the player below.

In regards to the video and an upcoming tour with label-mates Paradise Lost, the band comments: "Our new video 'Regain the Fire' was shot already in last July so it still features our old guitarist Ville Vänni. The video is done by Obscure Entertainment who is responsible for all our videos since 2006. This time we also have a story line amidst the moshing so this is a bit different than previous works. Go and watch the video and judge it yourself!

"We are really excited to hit the UK together with PARADISE LOST. They are one of those bands which we liked already as teens so it really feels strange that we are getting in a same tour bus with them. We haven't toured UK properly since 2009 so it's high time to deliver some goodies for the Britons. So remember, there is no excuse for not showing up!" More...

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Amazon Celebrating March Is Metal Month

Amazon is celebrating March the right way with the March is Metal Month campaign. Lasting for the whole month, the promotion features a number of metal albums all available digitally for under seven dollars.

Included in the digital promotion are twenty-one albums from Century Media artists. A full list of albums can be seen below so be sure to take advantage of this sale by clicking one of the purchase links below!

Aborted - Global Flatline
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
Architects (UK) - Here And Now
Deicide - To Hell With God
Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction
ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
In This Moment - A Star-Crossed Wasteland
Insomnium - One For Sorrow
Intronaut - Valley of Smoke
Krisiun - The Great Execution
Napalm Death - Utilitarian
Sleeping Giant - Kingdom Days In An Evil Age
SS-Kaliert - Subzero
Suicide Silence - The Black Crown
TesseracT - One
The Devastated - Devil's Messenger
The Great Commission - Heavy Worship
Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
Winds Of Plague - Against The World

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Vreid Added To Paradise Lost U.K. Tour

Norwegian black metal outfit Vreid has been added to Paradise Lost's forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom, which will kick off in April in support of the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Tragic Idol." Also appearing on the trek will be Insomnium.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 16 - Cardiff, England – Great Hall 2
April 17 - Southampton, England - The Brook
April 18 - Folkestone, England - Quarterhouse
April 19 - Colchester, England - Arts Centre
April 20 - Stoke, England - Sugarmill
April 22 - York, England – The Duchess
April 23 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts
April 24 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
April 25 - Wolverhampton, England - Slade Rooms
April 26 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
April 27 - Manchester, England - Club Academy
April 29 - London, England - Scala
April 30 - Norwich, England - Waterfront

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Paradise Lost Announces U.K. Tour With Insomnium

U.K. gothic metal legends Paradise Lost announced a spring tour of the U.K. with Finnish melodic death metal act Insomnium to commence April 16, 2012. The band will tour in support of the forthcoming new album "Tragic Idols" on April 23, 2012 through Century Media Records.

For dates and venues, check out the tour poster here:

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Amon Amarth To Headline Summer Breeze

The Summer Breeze festival organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Amon Amarth as a headliner for the festival's 2012 edition:

"Behind the 24th door of our Advent Calendar there's none other than our favourite vikings AMON AMARTH, who are now confirmed as the second headliner for the 15th SUMMER BREEZE Open Air beside Subway To Sally.

"It's almost incredible the way our Swedish friends have enjoyed a continued rise to the top of the scene. Top-ten chart entries, headliner slots on all major festivals, sold-out tours, enthusiastic fans everywhere – by now Mr Johan Hegg and Co. have become real stars, but they still have their feet firmly planted on the ground, because they haven't forgotten where they started. And that's why they like to return to those places, one of them definitely being SUMMER BREEZE!

"What, it's Christmas already?!? How time flies. Our SUMMER BREEZE Advent Calendar had only just begun, and now it's all over again. We hope we were able to fulfill your wishes and expectations, and perhaps even surprise you with one or two of the confirmed bands.

"Here's a final overview of our Advent Calendar, which has been making you company for the last 24 days: More...

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Insomnium Video Interview Available

Profanity TV has posted a new video interview online with Insomnium, which can be viewed in the player available below. The interview was conducted in Slovenia on November 18th, 2011 during the band's current European tour. Insomnium is on the road supporting the new album "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here).

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Insomnium Posts European Tour Trailer

Insomnium will be hitting the road later this month for the "One For Sorrow" European tour alongside Before the Dawn and My Grain. A teaser for the tour is now online and can be viewed below.

Dates for the European trek are as follows:

14.11.11 Holland Rotterdam Baroeg
15.11.11 UK London Underworld
16.11.11 Belgium Antwerpen Trix
17.11.11 Switzerland Aarau Kiff
18.11.11 Slovenia Ljubljana Gala Hala
19.11.11 Austria Wien Arena
20.11.11 Czech Rep Prague Klub Matrix
21.11.11 Germany München Feierwerk
22.11.11 Germany Würzburg Posthalle
23.11.11 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
24.11.11 Germany Leipzig Conne Island
25.11.11 Germany Hamburg Markthalle Marx
26.11.11 Germany Essen Turock
27.11.11 Germany Berlin Comet

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Insomnium Announces Departure Of Guitarist

Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium announced the departure of guitarist Ville Vänni from the band. Vänni will play farewell shows next week in Joensuu and Helsinki, Finalnd. His replacement will be Markus Vanhala of Omnium Gatherum.

Vänni posted the following statements about his departure: "Time is now ripe to share the news about lineup changes in the Insomnium camp. With a heavy heart I have reached the decision to resign from Insomnium. The decision is mutual and final, and there is no big drama behind it.

"During the last year I have found myself in a limbo of constant lack of time and impossible schedules. Combining a general surgeon’s career with a busy metal band like Insomnium has already taken years of precise timing, and the candle has been burning from both ends for years now.

"At the same time, Insomnium has grown bigger demanding more and more time. As a result, I have gradually come to a painful realization that I cannot meet the needs of this roller coaster ride any more.

"This decision was hard to make and accept for all of us. Insomnium has been like a family and the bandmates have been (and will still remain) my best and closest friends. For not being able to give my 100% would only be letting them down. The reason why this decision is made flesh right now is that I will not be able to attend the One For Sorrow European tour. My wife is due to give birth to our first son and it is my responsibility, duty and choice to be home at that time. I will play two first shows in Finland and then bid farewell.

"However, the burden of this decision is lightened by the fact that Insomnium will go on and even grow stronger after my retirement. Markus Vanhala from Omnium Gatherum will take my place as a full-time guitarist in Insomnium. He is a good friend and an excellent musician and has already been replacing me and Ville F. on several occasions.

"Thank you Niilo, Ville and Markus for a decade of good times and a lifetime of friendship and unforgettable memories. And thank you all Insomnium fans, it is you who made this all possible! See you on the coming shows!" More...

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Insomnium Streaming New Album Online

Having already debuted the single "Unsung" online and after having posted the video "Through the Shadows," Finnish band Insomnium is now streaming the whole album online at this site.

The album, "One For Sorrow," is scheduled for release on October 18th, 2011 (US) and October 17th, 2011 (EU) through Century Media Records. You can also check out Insomnium's music video for "Through the Shadows" by heading over here.

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Insomnium Posts "Through The Shadows" Video

After recently debuting the first single "Unsung" online, Finland's Insomnium is now ready to give North American fans yet another preview from upcoming album "One For Sorrow." Check out the new music video "Through the Shadows" in the player below, courtesy of Metal Injection. "One For Sorrow" is due out October 18th, 2011.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Insomnium Posts New Song

Finnish melo-death act Insomnium are streaming the new song "Unsung" from the forthcoming LP "One for Sorrow." The album marks the band's fifth LP and is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2011 (US) and October 17, 2011 (EU) through Century Media Records.

Metal Underground previously reported that the song is available for free download at this location (email registration required).

You can check out the song here:

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Insomnium Offering Free Song From New Album

Finland's Insomnium is currently offering a free download of the song "Unsung," which is taken off the band's upcoming album "One For Sorrow." The new album is set for release on October 12th in Finland, October 17th in Europe, and October 18th in North America.

Head over to this location to snag the "Unsung" download (email registration required).

Insomnium has also announced an upcoming European tour in support of the release. Details are available in the tour poster below. More...

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Insomnium Announces New Album Release Dates

Finland's Insomnium has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "One For Sorrow." The album is set to drop on October 12th in Finland, October 17th in Europe, and October 18th in North America.

Insomnium has announced a headlining European tour with Before the Dawn and MyGrain, which states on November 14th. The tour poster can be viewed below. You can also check out Insomnium's music video for the song "Weather the Storm" by heading over to this location.

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Insomnium Posts "Weather The Storm" Video

Insomnium has posted a music video online for the digital single "Weather The Storm," which features Mikael Stanne of Dark Tranquillity. You can check out the clip below.

Insomnium also previously announced the band would be entering the studio this month to record new material.

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Insomnium To Enter The Studio In April

Finnish metal outfit Insomnium has announced that the band will be entering the studio next month to begin recording a new album. A message from the band reads as follows:

"The fifth Insomnium studio album is beginning to take shape. We had a three-day training and songwriting session last week and we can now say that we have about eight songs more or less ready. We are entering the studio in April so we should have enough time to finish everything. Some observers commented that the material sounds surprisingly ready taken that this was only the second training session for the new album...

"We also had a promo shoot with the legendary photographer Stefan de Batselier who has previously worked with some small American names like Johnny Cash and Metallica. Big thanks to Stefan for a nice afternoon!

"Also thanks to Jussi Ratilainen who is documenting the whole process!"

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Insomnium Offering New Song As Free Download

Insomnium is currently offering a new song titled "Weather the Storm," which also features a guest spot from Mikael Stanne of Dark Tranquillity, as a free download. The new Insomnium track, along with the bonus song "Out of Gravity" from Dark Tranquillity's "We Are The Void" album, can be found at this location (posting to Twitter or Facebook is required before the download will activate).

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Insomnium Signs Deal With Century Media

Century Media Records has announced the signing of Insomnium, who recently won the Finnish Metal Awards earlier this year for Best Band and Best Album. The band comments: "We are very happy to announce that we have signed a deal with the mighty Century Media Records. Throughout the spring and summer we negotiated with several attractive labels but in the end it was clear that Century Media would be our home for the years to come. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and genuine love for music made an instant impact on us. We are convinced that this alliance will lead to even greater achievements in the future and also avails us to tour outside Europe more often. And naturally it is a great honor for us to stand in the same team with the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Paradise Lost, The Haunted, Finntroll and Turisas. A new exciting chapter in the story of Insomnium has begun!

"We want to thank Jens Prueter and the whole Century Media crew for putting their trust in us. We thank our manager Jukka Varmo for handling the negotiations very smoothly. We also wish to thank our previous label Candlelight Records for the decade that we spent with them. We salute you all!"

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Century Media Europe commented: "It's great to welcome a band that has developed over the past year to one of the most exciting bands in the Metal scene. I always liked their unique mix of Finnish melancholy with Melodic Death Metal and even more so they always blew my mind seeing them live. You can feel that this is a band of brothers who haven't changed their line-up since their debut album in 2002. In case of doubt go and see them on their tour with Dark Tranquillity this Fall – you won't be disappointed! I cheer my horns up North and thank Insomnium for their trust in Century Media Records."

The upcoming Insomnium tour dates are as follows: More...

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