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Joensuu, Finland (1997 – present)

Insomnium is a band from Joensuu, Finland. They are influenced by and . Their lyrics often deal with subjects such as darkness, mourning, loss, pain, and nature.

Insomnium began to take shape during the bleak spring of 1997. In the quiet town of Joensuu, located in the easternmost part of Finland, four young men were forming a fierce band. From the beginning it was clear that this band would make music that was brutal yet melodic, full of contrasts and changing atmospheres. They took what they regarded as the best aspects of their favourite bands and moulded these influences into a new kind of entity. The result was the marriage of melodic Scandinavian and traditional Finnish tunes. The lyrics turned out to be sorrowful, dream-like tales of love and death that usually took place amidst the Finnish nature. Influences were taken from Finnish folklore as well as world literature.

After two years of intensive training Insomnium made their first demo cd, which received praises from all over the world. The second demo was made the following year and gained a lot of attention as well. This time, record companies got interested. In the beginning of 2001 founding members, Ville Friman (guitar), Markus Hirvonen (drums) and Niilo Sevänen (bass/vocals), attached a new guitarist, Ville Vänni to the band. Now Insomnium was stronger than ever and ready to rise to the next level.


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  • Zabor85

    Very good last album.

    29 Jan 9:13pm Reply
  • bassius

    Have you tried The Mind's I? or Damage Done?

    27 Jan 6:26pm Reply
  • wandy-kalmah

    que banda foda!

    27 Jan 8:28am Reply
  • L1ama

    tbh I've never liked DT, tried to get into them a few times and not a single song stuck with me

    25 Jan 9:23pm Reply
  • nnnienke

    Oh yes.. you rock guys \\m/

    21 Jan 8:24pm Reply
  • LucasBissolli

    The best band to listen in the darkest hours !

    21 Jan 1:57am Reply
  • chriskilinc

    Amazing <3

    20 Jan 9:37pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    I could see people leaving when In Flames hit the stage but Dark Tranquillity? Their new albums might be a bit weak but still better than anything In Flames has done for the past 10 years. If my friends tried walking out of a DT show, i'd chain them to the floor.

    20 Jan 6:10pm Reply
  • bassius

    Yea just saw them and they sounded pretty good. A couple of screw ups that I noticed but no where near as bad as that video. I cant say they are better than DT. Stanne seems to have finally blown out his voice though. and a lot of people I talked to were there for Insomnium and actually left during DT. what the fuck? respect the godfathers. So maybe what Insomnium is doing now is better than what DT is doing but c'mon.

    15 Jan 12:24am Reply
  • JosephCagdason

    come to turkey. we love you. piste.

    14 Jan 11:44pm Reply
  • L1ama

    Saw em last night and they were okay, but didn't really capitalise on what appeals to me about their music to make it a really great experience. Also they don't seem to be playing Down With the Sun any more, so what the fuck. Crowd even chanted for it at the end but they went straight into setting the stage up for DT. Also, the guitarists' only idea of showmanship is basically the lead making one pose during his solos and the rhythm holding his guitar out by the neck when letting a chord ring. Gets a bit old. Still better than DT though.

    12 Jan 11:00pm Reply
  • bassius

    they better sound good live. some of the live clips I've watched they sound like shit. save the beers for after the show. and the clean vocals.. just forget it. The Promethean song fucking blows.

    12 Jan 8:54pm Reply
  • Crazy-Diamond_

    sounds really different. nice band for sure !

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
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  • Sqvoll91

    эталонный мелодэт + изрядная доля эпичности

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • outness

    Reference melodic death metal. The best!

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • LadyMetal81

    Insonnium is different than DT althought most tend to measure them as similar in style, which I disagree. Despites that, the new album is pretty solid, not difficult to fall for it since the first listening ;)

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ettori_pf

    finally discovering more of this band. Awesome and moving music.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • spineshank155

    He's got 200+ plays of Insomnium. I'm sure he'll be listening to them again xD.

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kspsml

    Your mom is boring.2

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
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