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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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  • spineshank155

    It's not that bad, it could be worse with Fred Durst singing.

    Yesterday 3:26am Reply
  • bassius

    That song isn't very good. Horrendous clean vocals ruin it.

    26 Jun 6:22pm Reply
  • matliber2

    \\m/ (*-*) \\m/

    24 Jun 7:25pm Reply
  • Asamael

    Holy shit, The Promethean Song might be the best melodeath-song of the decade. Almost too much epicness (including the lyrics) for me to handle. And in 7,5 hours I'm going to see them live...

    18 Jun 1:59pm Reply
  • Jakeukalane

    Media: 86.7

    13 Jun 1:58pm Reply
  • wyznawcakata

    Wow! Great stuff!

    7 Jun 12:59pm Reply
  • Arzgah

    Please, for real, come to Brazil!!!! *-*

    6 Jun 1:44am Reply
  • Arzgah

    In love with the new album. <3

    6 Jun 1:42am Reply
  • svelectro

    This year i bought Shadows Of The Dying Sun. It was (and still is) blowing me away. I had never heard of Insomnium before. What a great discovery! Beautiful music.

    5 Jun 2:33pm Reply
  • NatthDellazeri

    AmazingAwesome Band! <3

    29 May 3:49pm Reply
  • Liafev

    Advice to all Insomnium fans : Check Winterborn from Wolfheart. It's Tuomas Saukkonen's (Before the Dawn) new project and this first album is awesome. It has the same melancholy and power that Insomnium has.

    22 May 12:23pm Reply
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  • Jakeukalane

    Big_TV, Insomnium was never a bad band.

    19 May 5:29pm Reply
  • setareh-sh1997

    I've been looking for a band like this.

    18 May 9:56am Reply
  • valkyrie199

    First time listening this band and wow, they are INCREDIBLE! Exactly what I was looking for.

    13 May 1:28am Reply
  • FactoryConnor

    Woah, this blew me away, these guys rule.

    10 May 9:08pm Reply
  • Keiv4n

    Across the Dark and Above the Weeping World [maybe One for Sorrow] are better than Shadows of the Dying Sun. [in my opinion]. their best tracks are "Mortal Share" and "Down with the sun"

    4 May 11:27am Reply
  • bassius

    or In The Halls of Awaiting.

    1 May 7:15pm Reply
  • forfrosne

    @Big_TV you clearly haven't listened to Above the Weeping World.

    26 Apr 7:38pm Reply
  • G00G

    very good

    22 Apr 10:02pm Reply
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