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Death Metal Insomnium

Mr. Gregory

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Current members:
  • Niilo Sevänen (vocals, bass)
  • Ville Friman (guitar, vocals)
  • Markus Vanhala (guitar)
  • Markus Hirvonen (drums)
Albums:
Insomnium is a Finnish melodic death metal band and is one of the first metal bands I got into. They combine Gothenburg-style riffs with mostly harsh, growled vocals, although they sneak some cleans in once in a while too. Their lyrics tend to be poetic and sad, although they've gotten a bit more positive/uplifting over the last few albums. When I first started listening to this band, it was difficult for me to understand what Niilo was saying. At first I thought it was just because he was growling, but then I realized that it was actually because of his thick accent. I love his intense vocals, and the instrumentation is easily some of the best you'll hear in this subgenre. I particularly love their intro tracks.

I have everything but their very first album. I think they've generally gotten better with age, as is to be expected, but you can't really go wrong with any of their albums IMO. They're all very, very good.

I started with Across the Dark. Here are the first two tracks from that album:


Here are the first two tracks from Shadows of the Dying Sun:


And here's the opener from Winter's Gate, a concept album consisting of one 40 minute song broken up into seven parts:

 

Magic

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I actually like this band. I haven't listened to a full album yet, but have skipped through them while posting the albums in the portfolio. Very good music. I love a lot of the song openings......

As far as the growls go....well.......they could have toned that down a bit sound wise. The growls are so harsh, it does make it very difficult to understand the lyrics and hear the music in the background. (that's my first opinion...and what do I know....lol)

The album I listened to the most tracks from, Above The Weeping World, is very good! I am going to sit down tomorrow and listen to this one in it's entirety.
 

Mr. Gregory

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I actually like this band. I haven't listened to a full album yet, but have skipped through them while posting the albums in the portfolio. Very good music. I love a lot of the song openings......

As far as the growls go....well.......they could have toned that down a bit sound wise. The growls are so harsh, it does make it very difficult to understand the lyrics and hear the music in the background. (that's my first opinion...and what do I know....lol)

The album I listened to the most tracks from, Above The Weeping World, is very good! I am going to sit down tomorrow and listen to this one in it's entirety.
Yep, Niilo's vocals are so unabashedly, unflinchingly intense. I love 'em. I figured you would dislike this band for that reason alone...ha ha.

Equivalence really hit me hard when I first heard it. That song (and Down With the Sun) just perfectly express how I was feeling right after my dad died, which is when I got into these guys. Those two songs are just so bleak and dark. Friggin' awesome.

I listened to Across the Dark last night for the first time in a while. Above the Weeping World will be next.
 

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