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In The Halls Of Awaiting

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1. Ill-Starred Son
2. Song Of The Storm
3. Medeia
4. Dying Chant
5. The Elder
6. Black Waters
7. Shades Of Deep Green
8. The Bitter End
9. Journey Unknown
10. In The Halls Of Awaiting

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B000065V50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sacred Dust on September 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Melodic death metal doesn't get much better than this. The sheer passion and intensity infused into the music and lyrics of Insomnium are what take them far beyond your typical angst-ridden "Cookie Monster vocal" band, and into...well, The Halls of Awaiting.

Every song on the CD is a work of art unto itself, and most appreciative death metal fans will be able to see the many subtle differences between them. The vocal style doesn't change much, and the overwhelmingly serious, despairing lyrics (which borrow more from doom metal than anything else) are growled out not with anger or malice, but with sorrow. The entire album is a moving expression of raw pain, a dark work of art on a rough musical canvas. Suffice it to say, "In the Halls of Awaiting" must be heard to be believed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chad Brendan Fogelberg on November 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the Finnish melodic death metal band's first full-length release. It is an excellent debut. The entire CD is an excellent blend of hard riffs and keyboards. The vocals sound brutal and desperate. Insomnium is similar to other Scandinavian melodic metal bands, such as In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Sentenced, Amorphis or Rapture. There are five standout tracks on the album. "Ill-Starred Son" is a brutal song with a great intro. "Medeia" is the best song on the album, and is very moving lyrically and emotionally. "Dying Chant" is a heavy song that sounds great following "Medeia". "The Elder," is one of the more interesting songs, because it is much more melodic and has clear vocals. The last song on the album "In the Halls of Awaiting" is a great title track as well. Anyone who loves Scandinavian metal should find this CD and buy it, especially if you are a fan of Swedish/Finnish Melodic Death Metal or "Gothenburg" sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Servais on July 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
From amongst the cluttered sea of melodic death and doom metal flooding out of the Sweden/Finland area comes the suprising first release of what looks to be one of the better newcomers in quite a while, Insomnium. Mixing elements of melo-death(In Flames, Dark Tranquillity) with some crunchier guitar riffs and melodies, the overall album manages to create it's own atmosphere and style of dark, solemn beauty.
Ill-Starred Son - After a short acoustic passage, this song blasts right into some heavy riffs and melancholy melodies. We also see Niilo using a few different vocal techinques, which keeps the overall song sounding fresh. (9/10)
Song Of The Storm - Posessing a uniquely grungy sort of sound (I don't know how else to describe it), Song Of The Storm clocks in at a slightly faster pace than most of the other songs on the album, and keeps up the techinical assault of dual guitar harmonies that makes Insomnium who they are. Unfortunately, the vocals occasionally sound muffled, which keeps the listener from enjoying them as much as possible. (8/10)
Medeia - Possibly the best song on the album, Medeia showcases some of the most memorable tunes of any of the songs. Vocals sound perfect and the lyrics are exceptionally well-written
("By starlight, I rock to sleep my dearest ones, under the cold sky I lull to rest my darlings."). (10/10)
Dying Chant - Aside from a couple of great riffs (the opening riff for example), Dying Chant is one of the weakest songs on the album, since neither the lyrics, nor the majority of the melodies are very catchy. While this is by far not a bad song, it seems a bit sub-par when compared to most of the other songs on the album.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom Z on June 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In a day when all our favorite bands of the past are opting to go nu-metal, it's inspiring to see a band ignore trends and release a pure album worthy of it's place among the greats. The album kicks it off with a killer track, ill-starred son, and dosen't ever let up. The acoustic/heavy contrast in The Elder is one of the best I've ever heard and the 10 minute + title track puts new Opeth to shame. The vocals sound like Mikeal Stanne of Dark Tranquility but with an intensity he's been lacking for a while. Everything else is pretty much what you'd expect from a good Melodic Death album: Lots of skillful guitar playing and heavy drumming. Definitly earns it's place among In Flames: Whoracle and Opeth's: Morningrise and all the other amazing Melodic Death albums.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blackheart Blade on April 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Recent times have brought many Melodic Death Metal bands which so many people have blindly perceived as actually being good. Bands such as Dark Tranquillity and In Flames, so on and so forth. For a while, these bands were just fine for me. I enjoyed them a lot, and could listen to them for hours on end. That was until I heard Insomnium. Some people say Insomnium are similar to In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, but this simply isn't true. Insomnium has created, with this album as well as it's successor, an incredibly original approach to Melodic Death Metal. After listening to this and "Since the Day it All Came Down", I can no longer stomach In Flames or Dark Tranquillity. Their music is boring and unoriginal. I'm not saying it's bad music, but it simply isn't anything new on the Death Metal scene. A band as good as Insomnium hasn't come along since Sentenced's earlier days with Taneli Jarva (North From Here, Amok), and if Insomnium keeps going in this sort of progression, they may very well be the new Kings of Melodic Death Metal. This album is a recommended buy for anyone who thinks they're ready to break the chains which has bound them to mediocre Melodic Death Metal for so long, and move into the next phase of music. Insomnium's music is rich with incredible guitar riffs, acoustic parts, remarkable growls, beautiful lyrics, and a great feel. I have not heard a single Insomnium song yet that I did not like.
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