Death Metal from Finland. More precisely melodic Death Metal from Finland. If you’d like to try to list up, which bands come to your mind now, you most probably will have a quite remarkable list, but you can throw that one out again, because in the case of INSOMNIUM you will hardly find anything of those.
Founded in East Finnish Joensuu in 1997, the quartet Niilo Sevänen, Ville Friman, Markus Hirvonen and Ville Vänni released its debut “In The Halls Of Awaiting“ in 2002, which received rave reviews everywhere. Even though I am not sure anymore, what it had been that I had not really liked about it, the many positive reactions to their latest effort “Since The Day It All Came Down“ definitely made me curious.
Again released via Candlelight Records, a melancholic piano intro sets the foundation for the following almost 54 minutes, followed up by “The Day It All Came Down“, highly melodic, with a darker atmosphere than most of their colleagues, despite the melodic leads a melancholic atmosphere emanates from this song, which is furthered by Niilo Sevänens pretty harsh voice, while the song itself is very varied, also with keyboard support and acoustic guitars, a very good beginning!
Right away “Daughter Of The Moon“ reminds me a bit of AMOPRHIS during their “Tales From The Thousand Lakes“ period with a light KATATONIA list around “Brave Murder Day” and again the deep voice of Niilo, here and there also whispered vocals, the acoustic break is just brilliant! Interesting approach and very well done! “Bereavement” is another very good example for the melancholic Melodic Death of the Finns.
At times INSOMNIUM remind me of a mix of old IN FLAMES, old KATATONIA, OPETH and old AMORPHIS, yet without sounding like a copy of either of the mentioned bands, but with a pretty original approach, where technically only the relatively monotonous Death vocals of Niilo might be met with some reluctance by potential fans, but the music more than makes up for that, even heavier passages as in the middle of “Disengagement” do not sound out of place.
Altogether "Since The Day It All Came Down“ is Melodic Death and again reminds of a few other bands, as just mentioned, but still they do not sound like a copy, but simply strong, mature and very varied, I think that you should definitely check out INSOMNIUM! (Online April 15, 2004)