Release date: 25 April 2014
Style: Melodic death metal

Rating:

8.4 | 567 votes

Owners:

392 have it
85 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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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 - 24.02.2014 at 13:34  
  This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/
Mr. Doctor - 24.02.2014 at 13:38  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.02.2014 at 13:34
This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/


Classic Insomnium, then.

Bazinga.
Dima - 24.02.2014 at 14:03  
Rating: 5 Time to give them a 6th chance at delivering a good album.
BloodJuNkie - 24.02.2014 at 15:01  
Rating: 8 Can't wait!
Zaphod - 24.02.2014 at 16:39  
Rating: 6
Written by Dima on 24.02.2014 at 14:03

Time to give them a 6th chance at delivering a good album.

I would have given up after three.
Therapy? - 24.02.2014 at 16:51  
Rating: 8 Can't get enough of this band
Alex Fenger - 25.02.2014 at 05:11  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.02.2014 at 13:34

This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/

Lol what did you expect?
I probably won't bother checking this out. I've heard all of their other albums, but that was back when I enjoyed bland, cookie-cutter melodic death, so I think I can find better uses of my time.
JÄY - 25.02.2014 at 06:02  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.02.2014 at 13:34

This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/

...Which is the band's biggest downfall since their first album. In fact, I even think every song sounds the same, within each album. They have written the same great song 60 times whoohoo!
♥Insomnium - 07.03.2014 at 12:55  
 
Written by JÄY on 25.02.2014 at 06:02

Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.02.2014 at 13:34

This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/

...Which is the band's biggest downfall since their first album. In fact, I even think every song sounds the same, within each album. They have written the same great song 60 times whoohoo!

you are stupid ....you don't have any meaning touch of them music, stupid maniac
LeKiwi - 07.03.2014 at 14:45  
Rating: 7
Written by JÄY on 25.02.2014 at 06:02

...Which is the band's biggest downfall since their first album. In fact, I even think every song sounds the same, within each album. They have written the same great song 60 times whoohoo!

Perhaps the same formula, but I can easily pick out the superior tracks. Writing a melody that stands out isn't easy in such a saturated sub-genre.
JÄY - 07.03.2014 at 15:48  
 
Written by ♥Insomnium on 07.03.2014 at 12:55

Written by JÄY on 25.02.2014 at 06:02

Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.02.2014 at 13:34

This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/

...Which is the band's biggest downfall since their first album. In fact, I even think every song sounds the same, within each album. They have written the same great song 60 times whoohoo!

you are stupid ....you don't have any meaning touch of them music, stupid maniac

That escalated quickly...
Troy Killjoy - 11.03.2014 at 17:30  
 
Written by JÄY on 07.03.2014 at 15:48

Written by ♥Insomnium on 07.03.2014 at 12:55

you are stupid ....you don't have any meaning touch of them music, stupid maniac

That escalated quickly...

That username though...
deadone - 12.03.2014 at 00:43  
Rating: 5
Written by JÄY on 25.02.2014 at 06:02

Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.02.2014 at 13:34

This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/

...Which is the band's biggest downfall since their first album. In fact, I even think every song sounds the same, within each album. They have written the same great song 60 times whoohoo!



Hey so they're just like Amon Amarth, Arsis, Belakor and the rest of Melodic Death Metal land these days.
Troy Killjoy - 12.03.2014 at 14:44  
 
Written by deadone on 12.03.2014 at 00:43
Hey so they're just like Amon Amarth, Arsis, Belakor and the rest of Melodic Death Metal land these days.

It sure seems that way, although I wouldn't lump Arsis in with that group. Unfortunately the way the genre seems to have "evolved" means all we're left with are bands trying to emulate the success of the heavyweights rather than trying to branch out and achieve a unique or at least somewhat innovative style. Some of the Swedish bands are doing their own thing (Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork) for better or for worse, but the rest seem content to borrow heavily from the keyboard-dominated Finnish sound.
InnerSelf - 12.03.2014 at 21:12  
  Belakor are still delivering good crafted Melodeath imo, and this is coming from someone who have given up entirely on the genre.
Troy Killjoy - 12.03.2014 at 21:16  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 12.03.2014 at 21:12
Belakor are still delivering good crafted Melodeath imo, and this is coming from someone who have given up entirely on the genre.

My thoughts exactly - even if that kind of contradicts what I was saying about the Finnish style earlier.
InnerSelf - 12.03.2014 at 21:27  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.03.2014 at 21:16

Written by InnerSelf on 12.03.2014 at 21:12
Belakor are still delivering good crafted Melodeath imo, and this is coming from someone who have given up entirely on the genre.

My thoughts exactly - even if that kind of contradicts what I was saying about the Finnish style earlier.

They're doing it the same but kind of different too, their melodies are infectious and the progressive edge is probably what separates them from the rest of the Finnish gang
deadone - 12.03.2014 at 23:49  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.03.2014 at 14:44

Written by deadone on 12.03.2014 at 00:43
Hey so they're just like Amon Amarth, Arsis, Belakor and the rest of Melodic Death Metal land these days.

It sure seems that way, although I wouldn't lump Arsis in with that group. Unfortunately the way the genre seems to have "evolved" means all we're left with are bands trying to emulate the success of the heavyweights rather than trying to branch out and achieve a unique or at least somewhat innovative style. Some of the Swedish bands are doing their own thing (Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork) for better or for worse, but the rest seem content to borrow heavily from the keyboard-dominated Finnish sound.



Totally agree here.

Only lumped in Arsis cause their last couple have been too samy.

The keyboard dominated Finnish sound was fine with Children of Bodom and Kalmah. But it has gone overboard.

Mind you I think there's too much keyboards in most of metal these days and too often they're used to provide the actual lead melody instead of the guitars. They're often too contrived "symphonic" sounding or really bad pop sounding.
Fallen Ghost - 21.03.2014 at 14:01  
  http://metalfromfinland.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/insomnium-shadows-of-the-dying-sun/

This made me excited..!
IronArkadius666 - 21.03.2014 at 19:37  
Rating: 10 Their new Revelation song has me excited, with a touch of 'Weeping World' in it, though I'm hoping to hear more of Vanhala's influence.
Insomnium has never let me down before, and I don't think they will with this one
SpeedMax - 23.03.2014 at 21:16  
  They sound anytime great!!
Risto - 23.04.2014 at 00:33  
Rating: 9 The album has leaked. Quite an interesting contrast between "Black Heart Rebellion" and "Lose to Night"; the former is a brutal, Dissection-ish outing while the latter is hardly melodeath.
The Melting Snow - 23.04.2014 at 17:42  
Rating: 9 Already album of the year for me
.:Nataras:. - 24.04.2014 at 01:09  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.02.2014 at 13:34

This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/

I think it's better than last album but it's boring also... only touch of Omnium Gatherum made Insmonium a little listenable on this album, any way I was a fan of insomnium till one for sorrow was came out... this album seems a little better than last.
The Galactican - 24.04.2014 at 02:28  
Rating: 7 I dig it, and yes this sounds like worn territory, but I personally don't need to hear a fully original piece of melodeath to enjoy it. The production quality is definitely better than their last one as well.
BloodJuNkie - 24.04.2014 at 11:18  
Rating: 8
Written by .:Nataras:. on 24.04.2014 at 01:09

I was a fan of insomnium till one for sorrow was came out...


Does that mean you stopped being a fan just because you didn't like 1 album of 5?
.:Nataras:. - 24.04.2014 at 15:39  
Rating: 8
Quote:
Quote:


Does that mean you stopped being a fan just because you didn't like 1 album of 5?

These days I started to say that I'm a fan of this or that Album I can't be a fan of the band, that i don't like 1 or 2 albums of them at all... I think, I can say I'm a fan of this band or that band only when I like whole releases of them.
JÄY - 24.04.2014 at 21:56  
 
Quote:
Quote:
Written by .:Nataras:. on 24.04.2014 at 15:39



Does that mean you stopped being a fan just because you didn't like 1 album of 5?

These days I started to say that I'm a fan of this or that Album I can't be a fan of the band, that i don't like 1 or 2 albums of them at all... I think, I can say I'm a fan of this band or that band only when I like whole releases of them.

.:Nataras:. - 24.04.2014 at 22:38  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 24.04.2014 at 21:56



JÄY - 24.04.2014 at 23:09  
 
Written by .:Nataras:. on 24.04.2014 at 22:38



AngelofDeth - 25.04.2014 at 03:24  
Rating: 6 First thoughts:

Much better than the last album! But, still not as great as their first three releases. Perhaps on par with Across the Dark.

It definitely has more stand out melodies/tracks than the last album but still can't totally shake the feeling of being recycled and somewhat boring.

Also sometimes has the feeling like they are trying to add poppy sections but at the same time don't want to abandon their established style which just makes for an awkward sound, the title song chorus is the perfect example of this. Would have been nice if they just fully embraced this new sound and gave us something really different rather than trying to awkwardly straddle both sides of the fence only to ultimately play it safe.

Highlights: Primeval Dark, While We Sleep & Black Heart Rebellion.
MechanisT - 25.04.2014 at 16:38  
  Since the day it all came down, they haven't quite been on the same level. Bah.
Erik M. - 25.04.2014 at 20:06  
Rating: 6 This album bored me quite a bit. Like many albums this year, I don't get the hype.

Maybe it's a grower. For the record: I did really like the debut and Above The Weeping World, even though (especially) the latter is pretty overrated. In fact, I'd call this whole band overrated, but it could be me (not being into melodic death a whole lot).
Erik M. - 25.04.2014 at 20:21  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 11.03.2014 at 17:30

That username though...


Not to mention his votes... I'd call that vote abuse.
Erik M. - 25.04.2014 at 20:24  
Rating: 6
Written by BloodJuNkie on 24.04.2014 at 11:18

Does that mean you stopped being a fan just because you didn't like 1 album of 5?


If Pale Communion is just as much a disappointment as Heritage was, then I won't be an Opeth fan anymore. Hell, even now I'm not a real fan of them anymore, and they have released 10 albums so far.
BloodJuNkie - 26.04.2014 at 03:57  
Rating: 8
Written by Erik M. on 25.04.2014 at 20:24

Written by BloodJuNkie on 24.04.2014 at 11:18

Does that mean you stopped being a fan just because you didn't like 1 album of 5?


If Pale Communion is just as much a disappointment as Heritage was, then I won't be an Opeth fan anymore. Hell, even now I'm not a real fan of them anymore, and they have released 10 albums so far.


Strange, because i'm still In Flames fan although i don't like their last 3 probably 4 albums!
HitokiriNate85 - 26.04.2014 at 08:44  
  I love Insomnium intro tracks and The Primeval Dark continues their completely spotless history with them. It gives the impression that the album is going to be similar to the last two. I immediately noticed an improvement in the production is here(similar to Across the Dark) than on One For Sorrow, thankfully. The opening of Until We Sleep calls to mind The Harrowing Years, even though it's much faster. Black Heart Rebellion is the heaviest, most extreme song on the album and rarely lets up throughout, building into a chorus that shoves its way into the stables of their best material. Love it. If a stampede could ever be blissful, it's here. It begins with a keyboard pitch very similar to Lay of Autumn, which seems fitting considering how good both tracks are. Lose the Night is a great follow up because the lead guitar melody soothes you after such a peak in aggression.

The solos seem to have a different sound. Maybe from the new guy? I see a lot of talk about Omnium Gatherum in the comments but I haven't listened to them since Stuck on Snake's Way, but all I remember is that I wasn't a fan. Ephemeral is a great track and a great sort of follow-up to Through the Shadows, which were similarly compact and catchy with a downhill chorus that leaves you wanting more(in a good way), but it has an ascending, hopeful mood.

I only listened to the album once and need a couple more spins to see what I think of everything else. I don't see myself favoring it as much as Above the Weeping World, but I still like all of their albums.
Mr. Cheeky - 27.04.2014 at 13:19  
Rating: 9 Great album (and possible album of the year for me) but still not as good as ATWW.
Uldreth - 27.04.2014 at 15:05  
 
Written by Erik M. on 25.04.2014 at 20:21

Written by Troy Killjoy on 11.03.2014 at 17:30

That username though...


Not to mention his votes... I'd call that vote abuse.

Ouch, what did poor Blood Stain Child do to him?
God Alone - 27.04.2014 at 16:07  
Rating: 6 Fairly enjoyable album, gets a bit tiresome/flat after a while - like any other Insomnium album I've heard. 6.5 for me.
Fearmeister - 28.04.2014 at 18:38  
Rating: 7 This is basically Across the Dark part III.
Fallen Ghost - 28.04.2014 at 19:57  
 
Written by Fearmeister on 28.04.2014 at 18:38

This is basically Across the Dark part III.


Which one is Across The Dark II?
Fearmeister - 28.04.2014 at 20:05  
Rating: 7
Written by Fallen Ghost on 28.04.2014 at 19:57

Written by Fearmeister on 28.04.2014 at 18:38

This is basically Across the Dark part III.


Which one is Across The Dark II?


One for Sorrow?
Risto - 28.04.2014 at 20:47  
Rating: 9
Written by Fearmeister on 28.04.2014 at 20:05

Written by Fallen Ghost on 28.04.2014 at 19:57

Which one is Across The Dark II?


One for Sorrow?

Saying this album is that similar to OFS is a stretch, considerably more attention to detail here. It's weird that many people seem to overlook the new found mellowness... like they couldn't get over the fact there's not what they're looking for and slab it as "nothing new".
Erik M. - 28.04.2014 at 23:20  
Rating: 6
Written by Uldreth on 27.04.2014 at 15:05

Ouch, what did poor Blood Stain Child do to him?


I don't know that band at all, but judging from what I see here it seems something I would hate as well. But that doesn't mean it's justified to hand out 1's. Hell, Lulu is probably the worst album I fully listened to and I still gave it a 2.
Erik M. - 28.04.2014 at 23:22  
Rating: 6
Written by Risto on 28.04.2014 at 20:47

Saying this album is that similar to OFS is a stretch, considerably more attention to detail here. It's weird that many people seem to overlook the new found mellowness... like they couldn't get over the fact there's not what they're looking for and slab it as "nothing new".


Well, for what it's worth, to my ears this is pretty different from the debut and Above the Weeping World. But then in a negative way, because I like this one much less.
Fearmeister - 28.04.2014 at 23:40  
Rating: 7
Written by Risto on 28.04.2014 at 20:47

Saying this album is that similar to OFS is a stretch, considerably more attention to detail here. It's weird that many people seem to overlook the new found mellowness... like they couldn't get over the fact there's not what they're looking for and slab it as "nothing new".


Its still a re-trend of the same ideas that they put forward with Across the Dark (which is an amazing album). However, if I want to listen to Across the Dark, I'll listen to Across the Dark.

I mean, the album begins in the EXACT same way as it did in Across the Dark and it begins in the EXACT same way as it did in One for Sorrow. Yea, the production values are better but who gives a shit. Songwriting wise, this is a sub-par version of One for Sorrow which is itself a sub-par version of Across the Dark.
Verdun_sc - 28.04.2014 at 23:45  
Rating: 6
Written by Risto on 28.04.2014 at 20:47

Written by Fearmeister on 28.04.2014 at 20:05

Written by Fallen Ghost on 28.04.2014 at 19:57

Which one is Across The Dark II?


One for Sorrow?

Saying this album is that similar to OFS is a stretch, considerably more attention to detail here. It's weird that many people seem to overlook the new found mellowness... like they couldn't get over the fact there's not what they're looking for and slab it as "nothing new".

Well... aside from the blastbeats in Black Heart Rebellion and The River, what exactly is new here, or different from anything on ATD? I cant hear anything. The ingredients are all entirely the same, despite the different production. They've always had mellowness, they've always had songs based almost entirely on the melody and a few riffs here and there. This just isnt nearly as good as ATD or ATWW. Better than OFS, but that's not saying a lot.

So:
Written by Fearmeister on 28.04.2014 at 18:38

This is basically Across the Dark part III.

Written by God Alone on 27.04.2014 at 16:07

Fairly enjoyable album, gets a bit tiresome/flat after a while - like any other Insomnium album I've heard. 6.5 for me.

Pretty much spot on.
MechanisT - 29.04.2014 at 03:40  
  I think this is quite a downgrade in quality with regards to its predecessor. Sure, there are the odd attempts at some much needed variety but the delivery itself is half-decent at best. One For Sorrow had a note of consistency to it, a better game plan, a nicer execution, even if derivative as hell (then again, which Insomnium album isn't?).
Their weakest by some margin. Their sound is sadly becoming tiring and stale for me.
Risto - 29.04.2014 at 08:01  
Rating: 9
Written by Fearmeister on 28.04.2014 at 23:40

I mean, the album begins in the EXACT same way as it did in Across the Dark and it begins in the EXACT same way as it did in One for Sorrow. Yea, the production values are better but who gives a shit. Songwriting wise, this is a sub-par version of One for Sorrow which is itself a sub-par version of Across the Dark.


Written by Verdun_sc on 28.04.2014 at 23:45

Well... aside from the blastbeats in Black Heart Rebellion and The River, what exactly is new here, or different from anything on ATD? I cant hear anything. The ingredients are all entirely the same, despite the different production. They've always had mellowness, they've always had songs based almost entirely on the melody and a few riffs here and there. This just isnt nearly as good as ATD or ATWW. Better than OFS, but that's not saying a lot.


It actually has a song that isn't even melodic death metal, and another one that's pretty damn close if there weren't prominent growls in the bridge. The title track strongly reminds me of Tiatmat's Wildhoney and that's unheard of in their previous material. It makes a bigger distinction between tracks than any other Insomnium record. It's a slight progression in sound, away from the dominating catchy lead guitar you hear all over their back-catalog.

Regarding how good the album is, I actually think this might be their second best, edging out STDIACD Remember I also think Construct is pretty much Dark Tranquillity's joint best, so I guess my taste is moving ahead with these bands' new albums.

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