Insomnium is a Finnish melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland. The sound and lyrical themes of their music portray darkness, sorrow, loss, pain, and nature. They are primarily a melodic death metal band with occasional elements of doom metal and progressive metal.
In November, 2011 Insomnium embarked on their first headlining European tour with support from Before the Dawn and MyGRAIN. During April, 2012 Insomnium returned to tour the U.K. as the main support act for British gothic metal band, Paradise Lost. Vreid was also present on the tour as a supporting opening act.
On 19 September 2013 Insomnium released “Ephemeral,” a single from their foreshadowed 2014 album, Shadows of the Dying Sun, via Century Media Records. It is the first track to feature new guitarist, Markus Vanhala (Omnium Gatherum), who replaced Ville Vänni in 2011.
On 19 May 2016, Insomnium announced their seventh studio album, Winter’s Gate to be released on 23 September. It is a concept album consisting of a single epic 40-minute track, and it is said to be about “a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near.” This album was based on the short story by Niilo, “Winter’s Gate”, or “Talven Portti” in the original Finnish. This story won or was nominated for many Finnish awards.
In 2019, they announced their eighth album, Heart Like a Grave, would be released on 4 October 2019. With the album announcement they also confirmed that the guitarist Jani Liimatainen had joined the band as a full-time member, as he had occasionally filled in for Ville Friman on tours since 2015.
|Underneath the Moonlit Waves||Demo||2000|
|Candlelight Collection Vol 5||Split||2002|
|In the Halls of Awaiting||Full-length||2002|
|Since the Day It All Came Down||Full-length||2004|
|Above the Weeping World||Full-length||2006|
|Where the Last Wave Broke||EP||2009|
|Across the Dark||Full-length||2009|
|Weather the Storm||Single||2011|
|One for Sorrow||Full-length||2011|
|While We Sleep||Single||2014|
|Shadows of the Dying Sun||Full-length||2014|
|The Candlelight Years||Boxed set||2014|
|Out to the Sea / Skyline||Split||2015|
|Heart like a Grave||Full-length||2019|
|Tapani Pesonen||Drums (1997), Guitars (1997-1998)|
|Timo Partanen||Guitars (1998-2001)|
|Ville Vänni||Guitars (2001-2011)|
|See also: ex-Watch Me Fall, ex-Hateform|