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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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  • bassius

    One For Sorrow has some killer stuff. Only One Who Waits is fucking epic.

    21 Jul 10:00pm Reply
  • Borreh

    That would explain a lot :) Hope he'll be doing lyrics for their next album.

    20 Jul 2:22pm Reply
  • MaxisMundi

    I've just checked and found out most of the old lyrics were written by Sevänen and on the last two albums by Friman... Coincedence? I don't think so :)

    20 Jul 8:47am Reply
  • Borreh

    I recall being underwhelmed by the lyrics already on "One For Sorrow". But I was underwhelmed by that album in general. Which is a shame because it has a nice cover art.

    19 Jul 9:08pm Reply
  • MaxisMundi

    No, just on the last record, imo. I guess, it's hard to maintain the same level through the years.

    19 Jul 2:55pm Reply
  • witch_possessed

    In The Halls of Awaiting had some great lyrics especially the title song. i agree about the lyrics on later albums. they are too random and not very memorable

    19 Jul 1:54pm Reply
  • Borreh

    True, true. That entire album had great lyrics.

    19 Jul 10:42am Reply
  • MaxisMundi

    Btw, one of their best songs lyrics-wise.

    19 Jul 10:22am Reply
  • Borreh

    Fair enough. Also, I wrote "Above The Weeping World". I've meant "In The Groves Of Death" :)

    17 Jul 3:12pm Reply
  • MaxisMundi

    v In one of his interviews Niilo somehow stated that they had little time to come up with the lyrics they used to write for previous albums. Let's hope they will be more thought-provoking next time :)

    14 Jul 4:29pm Reply
  • Borreh

    Also, what on Earth happened to their lyrics? Back in the day, songs like "Daughter of the Moon", "Mortal Share" or "Above The Weeping World" had great, 19th-century romanticism infused lyrics that painted wonderful pictures in your head and had an actual concept behind them. Modern Insomnium lyrics are a random collection of infantile negative sounding sentences with riddiculus amounts of the words "dark" "loneliness" "hope" "night" and a couple others thrown in. How can you start so high and fall so low is beyond me.

    14 Jul 3:40pm Reply
  • Borreh

    I really love "Above The Weeping World" (Dark, romantic, doomy album) and "Across The Dark" (A very melancholic, romantic, slightly progressive offering). But after that they were hit and miss. "One For Sorrow" is a terribly weak album apart from one or two decent songs. "Shadows Of The Dying Sun" are a return to form with some outstanding songs and interesting, more rock-ish altitude in others ("Lose To Night", "Promethean Song"). Still, not as good as their older albums. Wish they'd decide what the hell should they do with their sound. They tried incorporating clean vocals and even post-rock elements, but those never become prominent and never really went anywhere. I'd love some Insomnium with mostly clean vocals and crazy post-rock guitar tremolos on top of it.

    14 Jul 3:36pm Reply
  • Alice_North

    these guys are amazing, just as always.

    9 Jul 5:14pm Reply
  • Sole__

    New split with Omnium Gatherum, bitches!!

    8 Jul 6:49pm 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
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