Above the Weeping World

Release date
4 Sep 2007
Running length
9 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Gale 2:41 40,058
2 Mortal Share 3:59 52,219
3 Drawn to Black 6:00 44,350
4 Change of Heart 4:30 40,854
5 At the Gates of Sleep 7:05 38,321
6 The Killjoy 5:22 39,310
7 Last Statement 7:32 35,400
8 Devoid of Caring 5:40 34,099
9 In the Groves of Death 10:07 33,746

About this album

Above the Weeping World is the third studio album by Insomnium. It was released on August 9, 2006 in Europe and on October 17, 2006 elsewhere by Candlelight Records. A music video was made for “Mortal Share”.

The album’s lyrics have been influenced (and occasionally taken) from classic poets like Hölderlin, Edgar Allan Poe and Finnish classic Eino Leino. The last track of the album, “In the Groves of Death” lasts about ten minutes, and its main theme is heavily inspired by Leino’s poem Tumma, the ending poem of his saga Helkavirsiä. The entire poem “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” by English poet Francis William Bourdillon is used as a chorus in the album’s third track “Drawn to Black”.

Track listing
1. “The Gale” – 2:41
2. “Mortal Share” – 4:00
3. “Drawn to Black” – 6:00
4. “Change of Heart” – 4:31
5. “At the Gates of Sleep” – 7:05
6. “The Killjoy” – 5:23
7. “Last Statement” – 7:32
8. “Devoid of Caring” – 5:40
9. “In the Groves of Death” – 10:08

Bonus tracks for Japan (all taken from their 1999 Demo):
10. Vicious Circle Complete (05:12)
11. Unmourned (04:49)
12. Numen Divinum (05:30)

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  • barium62

    Probably my favorite Insomnium album

    3 Mar 2:20pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    unless one is coming from the perception that melodic death metal has nothing to do with death metal to begin with, then this isnt melodic death metal. why would one call any music melodic death metal if it had nothing to do with death metal? one wouldnt, thats why its melodic metal.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • honey88foru

    I love Shadows of the Dying Sun - deeper bass and drums, and the guitars sound to my ears more downtuned. But this album has a distinct flavour of its own. The drums have a lively thump and the guitars are very tangy; tangy enough to satisfy Dewey Cox in his masterpiece phase.

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Liafev

    I can agree that it's not ONLY Melodic Death Metal, but saying that it's not that at all is insane. Of course it is ! With other influences like Doom.

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    nah there's better out there but this one is the best mopey one for people who like listening to finnish guys talking about being sad in forests. also its not melodic death metal at all but hey, semantics. can't expect your average lastfmer to get music genres correctly, never could. in the early days i remember laughing so much at some of the tags people would put for bands, unfortunately the mistags have prevailed out of ignorant acceptance in some cases.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MartianReaper

    Best Melodic Death Metal record ever. Period. [3]

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • proxximo169

    лучший их альбом

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • Metalhead_99

    This album sweeps me off my feet again and again...\m/

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • ArrTheMesia

    \m/ (*-*) \m/

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • oskich

    love this album =)

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Dark_Althor

    Flawless album, outstanding

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • katybdi

    A Real Masterpiece.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • lejk_ap_nijo

    Kocham ten album.

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Could have been the best record of the band if not those 2 tracks before In the Groves of Death, Last Statement and Devoid of Caring.

    31 May 2013 Reply
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    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • fortheseven

    one of the greatest in this genre

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • technicalfercho


    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sonovdoomsday

    such a beautiful album.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • nilzzzberghman

    I stopped listening to Melodic Death Metal long time ago, but this album is still one of the best albums i have ever heard. [666666] Wonderglue, you're my bro.

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • NyanJul

    never liked this album, but now... *-*

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
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