INSOMNIUM – SHADOWS OF THE DYING SUN by Öna Helveti

Rating: 4.5/5
Label: Century Media Records
 http://www.centurymedia.com/
Released: 2014
Buy Album: www.madsupply.com/en/shop/band+merchandise/insomnium/cd/shadows+of+the+dying+sun+cd?ref=quick-search
Band Website: www.insomnium.net

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BAND LINE-UP:

Niilo Sevänen – Vocals/Bass
Ville Friman – Guitars/Vocals
Markus Vanhala – Guitars
Markus Hirvonen – Drums

TRACKLISTING:

1. The Primeval Dark (03:17)2.While We Sleep (06:21)
2.While We Sleep (06:21)
3.Revelation (05:16)
4.Black Heart Rebellion (07:03)
5.Lose To Night (04:59)
6.Collapsing Words (04:38)
7.The River (07:58)
8.Ephemeral (album version) (04:02)
9.The Promethean Song (06:41)
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun (06:33)

REVIEW:

Okay so you’re riding a convertible. The day is blazing hot. The sky is a singular shade of pale blue. Imagine Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas searing sun and never ending horizon. You are wearing a black vest top and your long locks are flouncing about in the wind. Okay, but this is not a film set and no one is holding a huge metal fan just to create the effect.

It’s you. In a convertible. Listening to Insomnium’s new album. Blasting it to a full volume not to eliminate the cries of shrieking tyres but because it’s so darn good.

Okay you might only be riding on a 8.30AM Central Line train to work. But as you close your eyes, holding to onto that grey handrail, you embrace the music. The reality of travelling like cattle and people breathing in your face cease to matter.

Don’t get me wrong, Shadows of the Dying of Sun is not a sample of a ‘happy’ metal. It’s fierce, energetic, heavy and melodic. An overall flavoursome mixture. Diverse in terms of vocals and tempo. Not monotonic – and it always a secret worry when picking up a new album to listen, isn’t it?!

In fact, I am impressed just how well Insomnium are striking the balance between heavy and harsh and melodic. Lose to Night is a very pleasant example of that, even featuring a wonderful piano solo at the end of track. Another favourite, While We Sleep, features some dynamic – full on headbanging material! – guitar riffs at the start and then varies between heavy melodic growling and episodes of more nostalgic tones. The instrumental part of all the songs is very well written and recorded – no Insomnium fan will be disappointed.

It’s a perfect album to listen to on the go: on the Tube, on the road. It provides that required level of contrast to the surrounding reality. Something heavy and epic but melodically elevating the spirits.

This sixth studio album by the Finish melodic death metallers is an adequately stellar piece to have it on repeat.

Review by Öna Helveti
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