Insomnium
Demo '99


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
June 29th, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Insomnium are at the forefront of the Finnish Melodic Death Metal scene, a title I'm sure nobody will debate. They are varied with their instruments, utilizing the Acoustic guitar and Piano a lot in their albums, combining these instruments with hauntingly somber melodies and ungodly deep vocals. I, like many others, was entranced by these songs, their melodies and ominous whispered passages floating through our hardened ears. I know that as soon as I heard this band play, I was hooked. I own all three of their albums, and each one of them is performed with the utmost quality, nothing lacking in any of their songs. But as I learned every song, I desired more. Then, one day, I came across one of their first demos, simply entitled "Demo '99". It contained 4 new songs which I had never heard before, and an amazingly clear production for a demo. It shows Insomnium as they were at their early stages, and they really haven't diverted from their original formula since, but as the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". That's exactly what Insomnium has done.

The guitars are as melodic as ever, always constantly weaving themselves around highly technical and fast guitar riffs, creating great and memorable moments. The intro riff to "Dying Chant" is exactly this, very melodic and amazingly catchy. If I worked at a label and i was to hear this riff I would be instantly hooked. The vocals on this album are less distorted, they show a more natural growl which fits the demo quite well. "Dying Chant" is a fast opener, and one of the best songs on this demo. "Vicious Circle Complete" begins with a more pounding riff, the drums prominently showing. The guitars overlap each other afterward, creating a cool sounding riff. It's great to see how Insomnium was capable of writing stuff like this so early in their career, it would easily fit in with any material from their current albums. "Vicious Circle Complete" has a nice bridge toward the end, calming things down in that natural Insomnium manner, before gradually bringing you back to the chaos.

"Unmourned" is quite an epic song, with the first verse showing you that right off the bat. The riffing is melodic and the vocals are full of sorrow and pain. About halfway through, the electric guitars are cut off abruptly to make way for a beautiful acoustic interlude, showing Insomnium's amazing skill at combining these two sounds, heavy and calm, over and over again. "Numen Divinium" has a catchy riff to begin it, getting you on your feet and headbanging within seconds. Around 4:00 is another epic section, with a great epic riff playing to the awesome drum beat, slowly building speed and getting you really into the song, a strong way to close the demo off.

This is a fantastic debut demo from Insomnium, if I heard this I would sign them immediately. The guitars are fantastic and the vocals are what you would expect from Melodic Death and then some, I really love his deep growls.

The best part about this demo though, is that it is totally FREE. Yes, you don't have to pay a cent to hear this. This is the link to the band's website where you can download this whole Demo. Trust me, you won't regret it.

http://www.insomnium.net/releases_demo.html



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Fort23
June 29th 2007


2480 Comments


Nice, short review, alright album, not sure what to rate it.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2007


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Since it's only 4 tracks, I felt a short review would do it justice. I was shocked by the fact that this was only a demo though, it sounded so good.

Fort23
June 29th 2007


2480 Comments


Yea it's tight (review and album).

Yazz_Flute
June 29th 2007


18875 Comments


i may check this out then if i can find it, cool review

btw how good is "In the Halls of Awaiting," its the only iunsomniu cd i dont have other than this. Is it better or worse than their other two?

Digging: DIR EN GREY - Arche

Silenius
June 30th 2007


305 Comments


I haven't listened to this forever. Can't remember it very well but now that I read this review I'll give it a listen again.

Epsilon
June 30th 2007


12 Comments


Hey guys you can download the '99 demo legally from their website - http://www.insomnium.net/releases_demo.html

Fucking love this band.This Message Edited On 06.30.07

Confessed2005
June 30th 2007


3314 Comments


I've never really gotten into this band. Or been persuaded enough to check them out further than a few recommended tracks off each of their major releases. Very good review though.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2007


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

btw how good is "In the Halls of Awaiting," its the only insomnium cd i dont have other than this. Is it better or worse than their other two?


In The Halls Of Awaiting is fantastic. The title track off that is like 11 minutes long, its completely amazing.

ironman4444
June 30th 2007


276 Comments


Good review, but in the third last paragraph you said great three times and awsome once.

lanchege
June 30th 2007


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have this. It's amazing. Nice review.

stargazer76
July 24th 2009


218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review again!
Thanks for the info that "it is totally FREE" - I downloaded the free tracks a couple of weeks ago.

3 of these tracks are great and "Dying Chant" is excellent (better than the version on "In the Halls of Awaiting").



Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2009


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree, I like the way "Dying Chant" is produced on this demo a lot better.

Piglet
July 24th 2009


4665 Comments


Insomnium rule! ... a bit.

Phantom
July 24th 2009


8930 Comments


kind of

stargazer76
July 24th 2009


218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Insomnium have got better with every album - I'm looking forward to their next one!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2009


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their new one is, in my opinion, the most solid album this band has produced. I just love every single second of it.

stargazer76
July 25th 2009


218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

By "their new one", I presume you mean "Across the Dark" (due out in September) rather than ATWW?

I have only heard a couple of tracks "The Harrowing Years" and "The Lay Of Autumn", but they both sound superb. I hope the rest of the album is as good.

Really looking forward to listening to all of the tracks in early September!



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