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Shadows of the Dying Sun

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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00IQFBZU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2014
Format: Audio CD
A very moody album with many interesting layers. I believe it to be one of Insomnium's more refined releases, and I am a fan of their older material. If you're a fan of straight-up headbanging (melodic DEATH not MELODIC death) this album is probably not for you, but if metal should have some emotion and interesting layers that make re-listening worthwhile, then this is an excellent album. The album starts off with extremely rhythmic modern metal-ish 0-0-0-0-0 riffing (you'd understand if you play guitar), which worried me, but they soon discarded that style for something more musical.

Many reviews have said that this album is a re-release of their past stuff, but I believe this to be only shallow listening. The most obvious difference is the addition of guitarist Markus Vanhala from Omnium Gatherum: many of the melodies have his touch, and the band have incorporated more guitar solos. His melodic sense is second to none, so the solos aren't some shred-filled show-off session. Second, the other Markus, the drummer, started using blast beats, and on a couple of songs (The River, Black Heart Rebellion) you start getting a black metal feel. There is also much more clean singing from guitarist Ville Friman (While we Sleep, Lose to Night, The River, Promethean Song, Shadows of a Dying Sun). However the claim that it's a rehash isn't baseless. The rhythm guitars are often doing similar things as it has in the past, rhythmically and in terms of chord progressions. The lead in "While We Sleep" even sounds like a sped-up version of one of the end melodies in "Song of the Blackest Bird" from One for Sorrow (But the chorus melody is absolutely beautiful).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Requiem13 on April 30, 2014
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Having been an Insomnium fan for many years, after picking up Since the Day it All Came Down, I can say with certainty this is their best album yet. The melodies are flawless. Each track is memorable and unique; they really have reached their full potential. I would say this could very well be the metal album of the year!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Gersick on June 3, 2014
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I've been a fan of Insomnium for 2 years and was eagerly anticipating this new release. Having worked my way through their back catalogue, I noticed the production quality steadily increasing with each album. Across the Dark and One For Sorrow have such a thick, meaty sound, but for some reason it didn't sit right with me. I love those albums and the tracks have some of my favorite Insomnium riffs, but Shadows of the Dying Sun beats them by far, not just in the audio production. The mix is incredibly clear without being thin, the riffs are familiar but still fresh, but the drumming... The drummer really shines throughout the album. On "Black Heart Rebellion" he uses blastbeats only when necessary, making those parts that much heavier. My favorite tracks are "Revelation" and "Lose to Night". Anyone who likes metal at all would be wise to grab this gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Oosthoek on July 9, 2014
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Once again Insomnium has made a fantastic melodic deathmetal album that's full of epic songs. If you're into Amon Amarth or Be'lakor you'll probably like this one as well. Great songs which become even greater with each listen.
Now that I've heard the album so many times I'm convinced it's equally brilliant from their previous stuff. Just a bit different soundwise but in all very familiar.
Absolutely love this band and this album in particular.
5 stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David R. Durnall on July 11, 2014
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These guys have consistently released great albums and this one builds perfectly on the previous release. If you like Melodic Death Metal, this album will not let you down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David W. Condon on September 7, 2014
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This music speaks to me on levels I've never known. I happened to just stumble upon their music after hearing it on one of the cable music channels. I decided to check them out; incredibly glad that I did. Although their previous albums are good, Shadows of a Dying Sun is and absolute monumental and epic masterpiece. I had no idea that any artist in this genre, "melodic death metal", could be so good. I feel that it's the perfect blend of rough and clean vocals, a formula that they have perfected from previous efforts. I can't stop listening to this album along with the Ephemeral EP. My personal favorites are Shadows of the Dying Sun, Ephemeral, The Promethean Song, Revelation, and The Primeval Dark, which is the best intro song I've heard in a long time, maybe ever. Absolutely outstanding album.... possibly life changing for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Gilbert on June 6, 2014
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Insomnium never fail to deliver. With album number six, they have proven a level of consistency that few bands in any genre can. If you are a fan of this genre or this band, take comfort that you will be purchasing a wonderful album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on May 10, 2014
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It's a really well thought out album. The only issue I had was that it seems that the band is going in another direction, and that isn't something I would really want from this talented group.
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