Release date: 25 April 2014
Style: Melodic death metal

Rating:

8.4 | 570 votes

Owners:

393 have it
86 want it


Disc I
01. The Primeval Dark
02. While We Sleep
03. Revelation
04. Black Heart Rebellion
05. Lose To Night
06. Collapsing Words
07. The River
08. Ephemeral
09. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun

Disc II
01. Out To The Sea
02. The Emergence
03. The Swarm
04. The Descent

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Review
Lyrics (14)


Line-up
Niilo Sevänen - vocals, bass
Ville Friman - guitar, clean vocals
Markus Vanhala - guitar
Markus Hirvonen - drums

Session musicians
Aleksi Munter - keyboards


Additional info
Recorded at Studio Korkeakoski.
Drums recorded at Studio SF Sound.

Mixed at Fascination Street Studios.
Mastered at Chartmakers.

Track 2-4 on the second disc comes from the band's 2013 EP, Ephemeral.

Release dates:
April 25 - FIN/GER/SWI/AUT
April 28 - Rest of EU and AU/NZ
April 29 - North America

Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.5
With Insomnium no longer having the service of guitarist Ville Vänni and his replacement by Markus Vanhala, the lead guitarist of Omnium Gatherum, Shadows Of The Dying Sun presents the possibility of a merging of the titans, so to speak. However, their sixth full length studio effort is no less Insomnium in style and execution than what preceded it, which means we're granted yet another excellent album from this premier melodic death metal band.

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published 23.04.2014 | Comments (39)

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Troy Killjoy - 19.09.2014 at 17:15  
  Why are we comparing the commercial success of Insomnium to the likes of Kreator or Cannibal Corpse? Those bands have been around for decades and have established a legion of long-time fans. Insomnium is relatively new and only "took the world by storm" with their 2006 album. Like I said, I think this album was as successful as anyone could have hoped. It charted, presumably sold well, and further contributed to the band's demand around the world.
deadone - 22.09.2014 at 03:34  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.09.2014 at 17:15

Why are we comparing the commercial success of Insomnium to the likes of Kreator or Cannibal Corpse? Those bands have been around for decades and have established a legion of long-time fans. Insomnium is relatively new and only "took the world by storm" with their 2006 album. Like I said, I think this album was as successful as anyone could have hoped. It charted, presumably sold well, and further contributed to the band's demand around the world.


We could compare it to the Soilworks, The Haunteds and CoBs of the world as they did form in 1997!

Reason I assumed far greater success is because this album is not only the highest rating album for 2014 in Metal Storm but also has by far the most votes compared to anything else including Behemoth, Iced Earth and Within Temptation which were released earlier and generally did better on the charts.

Thus the only conclusion I can make is that this band's extreme popularity is particular to Metalstorm. I've noticed this is the case with the similar Bel'akor.
Troy Killjoy - 22.09.2014 at 03:37  
 
Written by deadone on 22.09.2014 at 03:34
Thus the only conclusion I can make is that this band's extreme popularity is particular to Metalstorm. I've noticed this is the case with the similar Bel'akor.

Melodic "death" metal like this has always been extremely popular on Metal Storm, much like power metal and prog. When Lucas and Herzebeth were both regular reviewers there existed a small contingent of dedicated underground crusaders, which is what you see more active now in the forums. But the general users still seem to have their soft spot for the sugary melodic stuff.
deadone - 22.09.2014 at 04:03  
Rating: 5 Whole concept of site "cultural preferences" is an interesting one. Other ones I've been on have usually preferred Black Metal or Prog Metal.


I think Insomnium is catching on globally - good result in Germany and reasonable on Heatseekers list seems to indicate next album will be a commercial breakthrough. (Deadone won't be buying though unless they amp up aggression and get some more varied dynamics).
DTMelodicMetal - 24.09.2014 at 14:01  
 
Written by deadone on 18.09.2014 at 02:41

I can't believe how popular this is on MS (but no where else on the interwebs that I have seen though it has got some decent reviews on other pages when they've bothered reviewing it).

IMO this is one of those bands and albums that exemplifies everything that's wrong with modern melodic DM.


That's a bold statement. I'd take the opposing route and say that overall Insomnium is one the few current MD metal bands doing anything right. Everyone has been waiting for 10+ years for In Flames to make another Clayman/ColonyJester Race, Mors Principum Est has yet to come close to matching the Unborn or even Inhumanity, Opeth (not melodic death but see Still Life/Blackwater Park for strong similarities) is no longer aggressive metal, Children of Bodom hit their peak with Hatebreeder and Hate Crew Deatroll, Skyfire has been working on an EP for almost five years, Soilwork just recently remembered they were a top melodical death metal band, Arch Enemy releases albums with two to three strong songs and the rest are usually fillers, and so on. The only other MD metal bands that have been consistently good are Amon Amarth, Kalmah, Dark Tranquillity (heavily biased towards them but anyone will tell you their Damage Done-Fiction run was impressive, though Brandstrom writing most of the music for Construct had mixed results), Allegaeon, and Be'Lakor, and those last two bands are relatively new (can't forget Carcass geting back together too). Going back to your comment about what's wrong with modern melodic DM the only example I can think of that's distinctly different from Imsomnium and "better" is At The Gates' At War With Reality song that was posted 2 days ago, and that came out after you posted your opinion.

Being a huge fan of this website I'm still trying to figure out why - in my opinion - melodic DM is critiqued more heavily than other forms of metal (black/doom especially). Going back to the new Insomnium album I'm surprised anyone would give them album anything lower than a 7, although I'll admit about half the songs on the albums stand out as "good" or "better" than ther other half of songs on the album (big fan of tracks 1-5, 8 and 11, and not a fan of lose to night). Back to your comment, I may have completely missed your point, but at first glance I had trouble seeing the reasoning behind your statement. Can you give examples of bands that exemplify "proper" or "good" modern MD metal?
Risto - 24.09.2014 at 14:33  
Rating: 9
Written by DTMelodicMetal on 24.09.2014 at 14:01

The only other MD metal bands that have been consistently good are Amon Amarth, Kalmah, Dark Tranquillity (heavily biased towards them but anyone will tell you their Damage Done-Fiction run was impressive, though Brandstrom writing most of the music for Construct had mixed results), Allegaeon, and Be'Lakor, and those last two bands are relatively new (can't forget Carcass geting back together too).

I would add Omnium Gatherum, who have gotten better with age, to this list. Even in this band's case there's people dubbing them "generic" or "unoriginal", which is funny considering how they've distanced themselves from the traditional melodeath/Gothenburg sound record after record.
DTMelodicMetal - 24.09.2014 at 22:55  
 
Written by Risto on 24.09.2014 at 14:33

Written by DTMelodicMetal on 24.09.2014 at 14:01

The only other MD metal bands that have been consistently good are Amon Amarth, Kalmah, Dark Tranquillity (heavily biased towards them but anyone will tell you their Damage Done-Fiction run was impressive, though Brandstrom writing most of the music for Construct had mixed results), Allegaeon, and Be'Lakor, and those last two bands are relatively new (can't forget Carcass geting back together too).

I would add Omnium Gatherum, who have gotten better with age, to this list. Even in this band's case there's people dubbing them "generic" or "unoriginal", which is funny considering how they've distanced themselves from the traditional melodeath/Gothenburg sound record after record.


You're right, I did forget Omnium Gatherum. Thought I'd forget to mention at least one current solid melodic death metal band, but that's a big omission.
deadone - 25.09.2014 at 03:11  
Rating: 5
Written by DTMelodicMetal on 24.09.2014 at 14:01

Amon Amarth, Kalmah, Dark Tranquillity


Amon Amarth are poor - they exemplify another facet of modern metal I hate - production line albums that sound virtually the same as their predecessors. The Model T Ford of metal.


Kalmah - consistent.


Dark Tranquillity - Construct was incredibly disappointing. Damage Done was superb but after that they started sounding the same on every album. They were still good. We Are The Void was refreshing.

Be'Lakor - same shit as Insomnium. Can't stand them.

New Arch Enemy was ok - nothing new but better than last couple.

Soilwork - same as Arch Enemy

Children of Bodom - Halo of Blood was good even if a rehash of older stuff.

Scar Symmetry - the absolute epitome of everything that is wrong with a lot of modern metal.

Arsis - same old shit, different day.

New Carcass was phenomenal.


New At The Gates - song was ok but not spectacular.


Quote:

Being a huge fan of this website I'm still trying to figure out why - in my opinion - melodic DM is critiqued more heavily than other forms of metal (black/doom especially).


Because it's stale and nothing new is happening to the genre. They're not even doing good song writing for most part unlike the older bands in the late 1990s or early 2000s.


Quote:
Going back to the new Insomnium album I'm surprised anyone would give them album anything lower than a 7, although I'll admit about half the songs on the albums stand out as "good" or "better" than ther other half of songs on the album (big fan of tracks 1-5, 8 and 11, and not a fan of lose to night). Back to your comment, I may have completely missed your point, but at first glance I had trouble seeing the reasoning behind your statement.

Can you give examples of bands that exemplify "proper" or "good" modern MD metal?


Carcass!

Problems with modern melodic death metal (including Insommium) is that a lot of it has degenerated into gutless, overpolished and often depressing stuff and lacking in catchiness, interesting riffs and overreliant on keyboards. Most of it has no death metal in at all - even the "growls" are toned down and wouldn't be out of place on a toned down modern Thrash album.

I like my melodic DM to be punchy, dynamic with lots of memorable hooks - basically Death Metal version of Iron Maiden (which is kind of how the genre came about). I can't stand moody, depressing shit without any uniqueness or sense of dynamicness or stand out song writing - this IMO is exactly how I would describe Insomnium including this new album.


Just my $0.02.
Risto - 25.09.2014 at 11:01  
Rating: 9
Written by deadone on 25.09.2014 at 03:11

Scar Symmetry - the absolute epitome of everything that is wrong with a lot of modern metal.

Love how you feel the need to bash them even when no one mentioned them earlier They're off topic anyway because their primary base is not melodic death metal (seem to get that slabbed on them just cause they're Swedish).
deadone - 26.09.2014 at 02:51  
Rating: 5
Written by Risto on 25.09.2014 at 11:01

Written by deadone on 25.09.2014 at 03:11

Scar Symmetry - the absolute epitome of everything that is wrong with a lot of modern metal.

Love how you feel the need to bash them even when no one mentioned them earlier They're off topic anyway because their primary base is not melodic death metal (seem to get that slabbed on them just cause they're Swedish).



They're much more melodic DM than Dark Tranquillity has been for a while.
Risto - 26.09.2014 at 09:08  
Rating: 9
Written by deadone on 26.09.2014 at 02:51

They're much more melodic DM than Dark Tranquillity has been for a while.

Holographic Universe has more clean vocals than growls, and we recently agreed with Troy that progressive power metal should be their leading style tag. They still have melodeath on here, but it could be extreme power as well (could even argue that SS are a true extreme power metal band).
deadone - 27.09.2014 at 02:25  
Rating: 5
Written by Risto on 26.09.2014 at 09:08

Written by deadone on 26.09.2014 at 02:51

They're much more melodic DM than Dark Tranquillity has been for a while.

Holographic Universe has more clean vocals than growls, and we recently agreed with Troy that progressive power metal should be their leading style tag. They still have melodeath on here, but it could be extreme power as well (could even argue that SS are a true extreme power metal band).




They're still closer to melodic DM than most of the bands supposedly playing the genre.

Melodic DM is actually poorly named as it contains virtually no Death Metal.
tea[m]ster - 27.09.2014 at 04:53  
Rating: 6 This is just "meh" to me. I like Omnium Gatherum better.
samhain - 16.10.2014 at 18:35  
Rating: 10 Bare in mind I dont have what to add. All was said. Masterpiece!
FotisKanios - 18.10.2014 at 14:44  
Rating: 6 Mehhh for me too

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