Insomnium

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Insomnium
Insomnium Party.San Metal Open Air 2017 46.jpg
Insomnium performing at Party.San 2017
Background information
OriginJoensuu, Finland
Genres
Years active1997 (1997)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.insomnium.net
Members
Past members

Insomnium is a melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland. The sound and lyrical themes of their music portray darkness, sorrow, loss, pain, and nature. Although they are primarily a melodic death metal band, their tracks could be seen as reminiscent of doom metal and progressive metal.

History[edit]

On 9 September 2011 Insomnium released the music video "Through the Shadows" from their 2011 album, One for Sorrow.[1]

In November, 2011 Insomnium embarked on their first headlining European tour with support from Before the Dawn and MyGRAIN.[2] During April, 2012 Insomnium returned to tour the U.K. as the main support act for British gothic metal band, Paradise Lost. Vreid was also present on the tour as a supporting opening act.

On 19 September 2013 Insomnium released "Ephemeral," a single from their foreshadowed 2014 album, Shadows of the Dying Sun, via Century Media Records. It is the first track to feature new guitarist, Markus Vanhala (Omnium Gatherum), who replaced Ville Vänni in 2011.[3]

On 29 April 2014 Insomnium released their sixth studio album, Shadows of the Dying Sun. On 30 April 2014 they made a guest appearance on Epica's CD release show at 013 in the Netherlands.

On 19 May 2016, Insomnium announced their seventh studio album, Winter's Gate to be released on 23 September. It is a concept album consisting of a single epic 40-minute track, and it is said to be about “a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near.”[4]

Members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Tapani Pesonen − drums, guitars (1997−1998)
  • Timo Partanen − guitars (1998−2001)
  • Ville Vänni − guitars (2001−2011)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
FIN
[5]
AUT
[6]
BEL (FL)
[7]
BEL (WA)
[8]
FRA
[9]
GER
[10]
JPN
[11]
SWI
[12]
In the Halls of Awaiting
Since the Day It All Came Down
  • Released: 5 April 2004 (2004-04-05)
  • Label: Candlelight
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
Above the Weeping World
  • Released: 9 August 2006 (2006-08-09)
  • Label: Candlelight
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
9
Across the Dark
  • Released: 7 September 2009 (2009-09-07)
  • Label: Candlelight
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, DL
5
One for Sorrow
  • Released: 17 October 2011 (2011-10-17)
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
695
Shadows of the Dying Sun
  • Released: 28 April 2014 (2014-04-28)
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
2381781828723
Winter's Gate
  • Released: 23 September 2016 (2016-09-23)
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
127124921841917
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles
YearSingle details
2009"Where the Last Wave Broke"
  • Released: 24 August 2009 (2009-08-24)
  • Label: Candlelight
2011"Weather the Storm"[13]
2013"Ephemeral"[14]
  • Released: 23 September 2013 (2013-09-23)
  • Label: Century Media
2014"While We Sleep"[15]

Demos[edit]

  • Demo 1999 (1999)
  • Underneath the Moonlit Waves (2000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Video - Insomnium- Through The Shadows". Metal CallOut. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20111210194817/http://www.insomnium.net/news/113/56/Album-release-dates-and-European-headline-tour. Archived from the original on 10 December 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Insomnium: New Song 'Ephemeral' Released". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  4. ^ "INSOMNIUM To Release 'Winter's Gate' Album, Book In September". Blabbermouth.net. May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Discography Insomnium". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Discographie Insomnium". austriancharts.at (in German). Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Discografie Insomnium". ultratop.be (in German). Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Discographie Insomnium". ultratop.be (in French). Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "lescharts.com - Discographie At The Gates". lescharts.com (in French). Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline". www.musicline.de (in German). Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  11. ^ "インソムニウムのアルバム売上ランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Discographie Insomnium". hitparade.ch (in German). Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "Insomnium - Weather the Storm (Digital Single)". centurymedia.com. Century Media Records. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Insomnium - Ephemeral (Digital single)". centurymedia.com. Century Media Records. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Insomnium - While We Sleep". centurymedia.com. Century Media Records. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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