I got into Insomnium a while back when a friend made me listen to, “Down with the Sun”. The second song off of their 4th Album “Across The Dark”, Put out by Candlelight Records in 2009. When I first heard the track, I knew I would be an Insomnium fan. It was like if In Flames and Amon Amarth had created an awesome, anti-christ, super group, worm baby of doom. This I could get behind.
I was lucky enough to get this little gem to review. It’s 4 Songs, nothing lengthy, but it gets the point across and left me wanting more. Everyone has to do an EP right? With the attention span of most music listeners, I would say it is very apt.
Insomnium – Ephemeral
The title track off the record “Ephemeral” has all the elements that Melodic Death Metal out of Finland should have. It also has a lot more than that. Niilo Sevänen’s vocals are powerful, gritty and flow seamlessly with the transitions within the music. The guitars are heavy, fast and have some beautiful choruses that are extremely catchy. I like the use of almost punk aspects at times. The drumming was hard hitting and dominant as per usual, but I even heard a few punk gallops in the bridges that I thought were a wicked addition. All in all, amazing new stuff from Insomnium.
So the next few songs….. I have to say, they were not what I was expecting. First off, there are no vocals on the last three tracks. I know, I was a little stunned as well and I was like… ok, let’s see how this pans out..
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I first heard that three quarters of the EP was instrumental.
The next thing I have to tell you is… You ready? No distortion.
So I’ve told you about two aspects that the rest of Insomnium’s latest EP doesn’t have.
Let me tell you about what it does have…
The next three songs are..
Do you see a trend here? There is a concept that ascends. The Emergence starts off very quiet, melodic and clean; the song slowly builds up into The Swarm, which is a little more technical. This continues to build and then begins to fade again, before you know it.. It’s Ended and you wonder if maybe you missed a song. Like any good story, time disappears and yet you yearn for the next chapter.
Insomnium did something that not many others can do. Tell a story without any lyrics. This is an EP that you should 100% pick up if you want to be entertained and get a first hand glimpse of the evolution that is Insomnium.
If this is any indication of what is still to come from Insomnium, you better start growing out your hair, get ready to bang you head and raise your horns.
I am Lucius Blackworth and you can catch me,on air, every Saturday Night at 8PM for "THE MOSH PIT"