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Album Review

When bad boys mature, they don't necessarily quit being bad boys, but they do become more complex and multi-faceted. They may evolve into the deep-thinking Pedro Almodóvar of All About My Mother, Talk to Her and Bad Education rather than the younger Almodóvar, who had so much fun with screwball dark comedies like What Have I Done to Deserve This and Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down. They may evolve into the Marlon Brando of The Godfather, instead of the punky young Brando of A Streetcar Named Desire. And in death metal, that quest for maturity has given us the nuanced world of melodic death metal — a world that death metal's stubborn, myopic purists denounce as watered down, but a world in which engaging albums like Above the Weeping World are created. Anyone who doubts that death metal has more than one flavor (ultra-fast, amelodic and consistently vicious) needs to give this 52-minute CD a very close listen. Insomnium's sense of melody and harmony is striking. Exquisitely crafted, the songs on Above the Weeping World demonstrate that the term "melodic death metal" is no oxymoron for Insomnium. The most extreme thing about this Finnish band continues to be Niilo Sevänen's lead vocals; some singers in melodic death metal (and its very close relative symphonic black metal) offer an extreme-vocals/clean-vocals contrast, but the vocally uncompromising Sevänen sticks to a straight-out-of-hell type of growl. Unfortunately, Sevänen still makes the lyrics hard to understand; that was a problem on Insomnium's 2003 recording Since the Day It All Came Down, and it remains a problem on their follow-up Above the Weeping World. For that reason, this 52-minute disc only merits a good rating instead of an excellent one. But even so, Above the Weeping World is an enjoyable, worthwhile effort that fans of melodic death metal need to be aware of.

Customer Reviews

Early Inflames meets Opeth, with a taste of Katatonia...

...and what a treat this is. This album is fantasitc, every single song is epic and contains some beautiful but heavy guitar and string harmonies without ever sounding cheesy or cliched. Melodies of early Inflames are present, with chord prgressions and vocals similar to Opeth (although the one thing missing is clean singing, this would be a very nice addition if done tastefully). The cold, dark and doomy atmosphere of bands like Katatonia is evident throughout the album...but whilst giving these comparisons it is important to note that Insomnium are their own band, fresh and origional, not copycats of the genre. A brilliant album from start to finish, looking forward to hearing more from these guys! Thom x Highlights: Mortal Share, Change of Heart and At the Gates of Sleep


I thought since the day it all came down was great, but this is just fantastic! The samples don't do the album justice. Do not leave itunes without it!

Just the best album going

Ok. What can I say? This is simply one of the best albums that I have ever heard. Every song is a masterpiece, and what makes this album so good is that each song flows effortlesly(sp?) into the next. The melodies and riffs are stunning and the lyrics are so sombre, sad, lonely, forlorn bloody awesome. Sevanen's vocals are immense, harsh, but pure quality. For me the best song on this album is the last one In The Grooves Of Death. This has to be one of the best songs ever written. It's simple really. Even if your not a fan of harsh, deep vocals this album is absolutly perfect. just buy it and you'll see what i mean


Formed: 1997 in Finland

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Insomnium is a melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland, whose music also reveals links to other, neighboring metallic subgenres like doom, melancholy, and dark metal. Originally formed in 1997, the group released a pair of demos in 1999 and 2000 before signing a contract with England's Candlelight Records, and making their full-length debut via 2002's In the Halls of Awaiting CD. Two additional albums — Since the Day It All Came Down, Above the Weeping World and Across the Dark—...
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