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Insomnium biography 2009 .... Over the last decade Insomnium has slowly but surely made itself a household name among the melodic deathsters. Formed in 1997 in a somnolent town of Joensuu, in eastern Finland, these stern men have ever since redefined the boundaries of the genre. Two highly acclaimed demos already set the standard and in 2001 the band signed to UK label Candlelight Records. ... Read more in Amazon's Insomnium Store

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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Gale
2. Mortal Share
3. Drawn to Black
4. Change of Heart
5. At the Gates of Sleep
6. The Killjoy
7. Last Statement
8. Devoid of Caring
9. In the Groves of Death

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To my surprise, this one is just as good, if not better than their previous albums!
D. Hofford
As a long-time fan of melodic metal, I stumbled upon Insomnium on a forum when I was looking for more melodic metal bands like In Flames and Dark Tranquility.
Matthew D. Brown
I've listened to this album at least once a week since I got it back when it first came out, it's a must have among metal fans.
Robert N. Gorham

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on October 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I would have never thought Gothenburg-style melodic death metal would impress me so much again. The last time I really, really enjoyed albums like this was in the late 90's; and even though I have never grown away from the genre, I felt most releases of this style were far from exciting. Finally, Insomnium's third album Above the Weeping World has come along and taken me by storm. A great improvement over their previous albums, this disc will totally slay any death metal fan who likes his music both heavy and melodic.

The best part about this album is its consistent heaviness. While Insomnium still heavily relies on the melodic quality of earlier In Flames and blend it with strong vocals, they have toned down on the ever-present acoustic transitions that permeated their earlier material. They still play lots of acoustic guitars on this release, but they are all brief sections in the songs rather than huge, drawn-out passages. Add to this the powerful vocal performance of Niilo Sevanen. I honestly can't imagine a better vocalist for this band; he exudes never-ending aggression, singing with tons of emotion, and unlike most other bands in this vein, he doesn't switch to redundant clean vocal harmonies. Rather, he likes to alternate between a more midranged growl and painful screams, depending on the mood of the song, and he will also use goose bump-inducing whispers.

"Drawn to Black" would be a great choice to represent the general sound of the album, as it combines every aspect of Insomnium to great effect. Its epic-scale intro suggests this band can easily kill most of those Children of Bodom clones who are simply adding in some clean vocals to the mix alongside generic, excessive folk elements that simply don't mesh.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 21, 2007
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If you've got an ultra heavy itch that requires attention, this my friends is prescription strength medication. Now, while I truly enjoy a few Melo-Death Metal bands I can not falsely claim that I am a longtime hardcore fan. However, I am a hardcore fan of this band, and in particular this CD. In my opinion this is Melodic Death Metal done to perfection, or as near to perfection as this genre has ever produced. The music is extremely heavy, yet very melodic, and is just plain exhilarating to listen to. The lyrics are excellent, and can only be described as superbly written dark poetry, REAL poetry. However, it should be noted that while the lyrics are excellent, the vocal delivery is very difficult to understand. But this is somewhat normal for the genre, and since the music on this CD is so outstanding the vocal shortcoming really does not bother me that much. However, on the other hand, in the case of this CD I am not sure it is a shortcoming, but rather a conscious and savvy decision to keep the growling vocals at a moderate volume to keep them from becoming overwhelming. Yeah, I'm going with that.

Now, while many of you may find this CD on the tame side, for me this CD very skillfully pushes the envelope of what I am willing to listen to. Anyone who dismisses this CD as soon as they hear the growling vocals will have no idea that they've just missed out on one of the best metal CD's ever; seriously. Again, it is extremely heavy but still has an excellent flow and melodic sense to it. This CD is not all about constant blast and hyperblast beats, or being nonstop fast and furious just for the sake of. I think this CD is simply extraordinary, and I can say without reservation that this is the best Melo-Death Metal CD I've ever heard.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Rattlehead on February 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is in my humble estimation the second best album of 2006 in metal! The last time I heard something this cohesive, classical and hauntingly melodic was in 2005 courtesy of Dark Tranquility. In fact, at times Insomnium appears to be possessed by the spirit of DT, but they are no Trivium, their music is still original and innovative, although admittedly, nothing new in the genre of melodic death/doom. The exquisitely stunning morose melodies on this album will get stuck in your head for days and you will find yourself humming them even in public! Highly infectious material and very even, as you would be hard pressed to find a filler on this masterpiece! These guys ARE NOT from Gothenburg, though, their Finnish. For a moment, it almost made my number 1 of 2006 until I revisited what ended up as my no.1 yet again...Influences run from DT to early In Flames, Extol, and My Dying Bride, and number 7, the best song on the album reminds me of Opeth at times...Very, very difficult to remove from the CD player and earning every one of five stars and the silver of 2006.One of the best albums in melodic Scandinavian death metal's history reminds me of this unquestionable, classic quality-"Jester Race" by In Flames, and for a good reason: "Come Clarity" may have shown us what we have gained by In Flames' radical transformation, but "Above the Weeping World" reminds us what we have irretrievably lost.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Bridglal on October 17, 2006
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This is Insomnium's third release, and like its predecessors, it is another melodic masterpiece. Insomnium relies on traditional Gothenburg melodic death metal riffs, combined with atmospheric symphonic keyboard sounds and influenced by doom metal. Insomnium are beautifully heavy, without resorting to aggression. The opening "The Gale" is bombastic, with some amazing keyboard work, pulsating drumming, profound guitars and deep bass. "Mortal Share" begins in a similar way to "Since The Day It All Began" (the song on their last album), with twin-guitar riffs, and incredible drumming. Once again, the lyrics are about sorrow, death and loss - hence the doom metal influence.

"Drawn To Black" is a heavier song, with crushing riffs and machine gun drumming. Around the 4.10 mark is a slow acoustic section fans would be glad to hear. The song foreshadows the formula to be found on the rest of the album: great guitar work, blistering riffs, relishing bass work and pummelling drums; with emotive lyrics and brutal growls. "Change Of Heart" starts off acoustically, and then out of nowhere explodes a frenzy of melodic death metal madness. It switches from acoustic to metal often. "At The Gates Of Sleep" is a seven-minute song, starting with whispering. There are some terrific build-ups in this song, first at 2.12, and then at 3.50 with some grandiose guitar riffs. The same riff is repeated at the 6.24 mark, but is slowed down and is in a different key. There's also lots of acoustic parts and whispering all over the place.

"The Killjoy" is very heavy, whilst maintaining a high level of melody. It is fast paced, and is quite reminiscent to the "classic" melodic death metal songs. It also features a beautiful solo.
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