7 Songs, 39 Minutes


Their towering suite shows death metal in flux.


Their towering suite shows death metal in flux.


Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Truly A Masterpiece.

Andrew down

This is simply an amazing album by what I consider to be the best band in existence. This album is one long and meaningful story that is perfectly woven together; the track changes never feel awkward. Well done Insomnium! The immense effort put into these songs are vastly appreciated by your fans. You have somehow managed to exceed my already high expectations. Thank you!


Just a fan from California

I love how the music they make takes you on a journey even though you don't move anywhere
The sound is just amazing
If you are an Insomnium fan
You have to get this album
I loved it!!!

They've done it again


Long-form, melodic death metal at its finest, no question. The album hasn't quite got the hooks of, say, 'The Promethean Song' or 'Where the Last Wave Broke' but what it might occasionally lack in individual focus it more than makes up for with sheer epic soundscapes. As close to progressive death metal as melodeath can get while still remaining straightforward death metal. Perfect usage of synths to bring out the crunching lines and riffs, the vocals are clear while classic death metal growls, some of Niilo's best work in his trademark mid-to-upper range. Clean choruses sometimes add contrast as each track moves like surging waves of force and recoil. Somehow Insomnium manages to retain the same formula its used for melodeath in each of its albums without ever getting stale, and this concept album breaks new ground for them while staying true to what has made them great. This might even serve as a perfect introduction to the band, since everything that is Insomnium is in this record, though "Above the Weeping World" set the standard for everything they've done since. "Winter's Gate" is a worthy successor to a long line of Insomnium albums that have defined the cutting edge of melodeath for a long time. Long may they reign.

About Insomnium

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 with 2002's In the Halls of Awaiting CD. Three additional albums -- Since the Day It All Came Down, Above the Weeping World, and Across the Dark -- have since followed, in 2004, 2006, and 2009, respectively, which not only confirmed Insomnium's enduring passion for their chosen musical style, but also their stable lineup consisting of Niilo Sevänen (bass/vocals), Ville Friman (guitar), Ville Vänni (guitar), and Markus Hirvonen (drums). In 2011, they switched their record label to Century Media, releasing three further albums by 2016: One for Sorrow, Shadows of the Dying Sun, and Winter's Gate. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia




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