Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun



8.4 | 764 votes |
Release date: 25 April 2014
Style: Melodic death metal

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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

The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album Of 2014
Top 20 albums of 2014: 3

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

Session musicians
Aleksi Munter - keyboards

Additional info
Recorded at Studio Korkeakoski.
Drums recorded at Studio SF Sound by Kimmo Perkkiö.
Other instruments recorded at Studio Korkeakoski by Teemu Aalto.

Mixed at Fascination Street Studios by André Alvinzi.
Mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck.

Artwork by Wille Naukkarinen.

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

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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24.02.2014 - 13:34
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
This already looks exactly like all of their other albums. :/
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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24.02.2014 - 13:38
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
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.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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24.02.2014 - 14:03
Dima
Time to give them a 6th chance at delivering a good album.
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24.02.2014 - 15:01
Rating: 8
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
Can't wait!
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24.02.2014 - 16:39
Rating: 5
Zaph
The Nothingth
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.
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Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
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24.02.2014 - 16:51
Rating: 8
Therapy?
Can't get enough of this band
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25.02.2014 - 05:11
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
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.
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25.02.2014 - 06:02
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
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!
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07.03.2014 - 12:55
Rating: 10
♥Insomnium
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
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07.03.2014 - 14:45
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
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.
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07.03.2014 - 15:48
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
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...
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11.03.2014 - 17:30
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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...
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12.03.2014 - 14:44
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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12.03.2014 - 21:12
InnerSelf
proofread free
Belakor are still delivering good crafted Melodeath imo, and this is coming from someone who have given up entirely on the genre.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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12.03.2014 - 21:16
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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12.03.2014 - 21:27
InnerSelf
proofread free
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
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21.03.2014 - 14:01
Fallen Ghost
Metalhead
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21.03.2014 - 19:37
Rating: 10
IronArkadius666
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
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23.03.2014 - 21:16
SpeedMax
They sound anytime great!!
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23.04.2014 - 00:33
Rating: 9
Risto
Wandering Midget
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.
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23.04.2014 - 17:42
Rating: 8
The Melting Snow
Already album of the year for me
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24.04.2014 - 01:09
Rating: 8
.:Nataras:.
.:Saratan:.
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.
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24.04.2014 - 02:28
Rating: 7
The Galactican
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.
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24.04.2014 - 11:18
Rating: 8
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
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?
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24.04.2014 - 15:39
Rating: 8
.:Nataras:.
.:Saratan:.
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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.
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24.04.2014 - 21:56
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
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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.

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



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24.04.2014 - 23:09
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by .:Nataras:. on 24.04.2014 at 22:38



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25.04.2014 - 03:24
Rating: 6
AngelofDeth
Cyborg Raptor
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.
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25.04.2014 - 16:38
MechanisT
Account deleted
Since the day it all came down, they haven't quite been on the same level. Bah.
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