I must admit that when I received the promoversion of the new Insomnium album the first thing that came to my mind was “How weird is that they are releasing their album on spring?” Isn’t Insomnium just the type of music that should be released on the darkest days of autumn when everything is dark, it’s raining all the time, moods are low. But how happy I was to receive the album.
Now many of you who have been reading my reviews know that I don’t want to review anything before I have properly got inside of it. Right at this moment while writing this particular sentence it’s 5th time rolling the album since I received it and against my principles I am writing the review already. Well we are talking about Insomnium so 5 times is enough to write a review 🙂
Insomnium is obviously known for their melodic touch but on this album that part has been taken into a complete different level. Songs like The Promethean Song for instance is so insanely beautiful and somehow brutal at the same time that it simply leaves the listener going like “wtf did I just listen?”.
Then there are songs like The River that starts as a really fast tempo song but around halfway turns completely upside down into this beautiful slow tempo song with awesome melodies. It’s hooks like these that makes me love this band so much. You truly do not know what to expect. Yet you can recognize all the time that it’s Insomnium while listening.
Ephemeral, from which they released a video already some time ago is a very catchy song and probably was the obvious choice to showcase this album. But definitely not the best song on the album.
I think with this album Insomnium will not only keep all their old fans but also attract some new ones. They keep evolving album after album yet still remaining the same. If you ask me, that is an achievement 😀 Their new album is as safe to purchase as in the past was all the new Sentenced (RIP) material. You always knew that you would get but at the same time always discovered something new. And more importantly, something positive. There is beauty in the darkness!
Shadows Of The Dying Sun tracklist:
- The Primeval Dark
- While We Sleep
- Black Heart Rebellion
- Lose To Night
- Collapsing Words
- The River
- The Promethean Song
- Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Metal From Finland score: 9.5/10