Insomnium
Above the Weeping World


5.0
classic

Review

by jitteryzeitgeist USER (36 Reviews)
December 20th, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark, deliberate, gloomy, and beautiful, Above the Weeping World is simply a triumph.

"Rugged" is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the angular gruffness of Above the Weeping World, a stunning portrait of oranges and browns that brings to life autumn, cool breezes, and vast terrains.

Insomnium have developed over the years, bringing together disparate ideals from In Flames and Opeth, mixing in a little doomy goodness, and kicking out some of the best hate/mope sonic joy I've heard in quite some time. Despite the great Across the Dark, they have not yet managed to top Above the Weeping World, an ode to desperation and loneliness that will both tug at your inner emotional self, then kick you in the face for crying like a little bitch after the fact.

As deliberate in its pacing as a chess game, Above the Weeping World sets up its game pieces effectively, and then knocks them down when deemed appropriate. The jumpy, catchy little number "The Killjoy" has an interlude to die for, for example. The one/two combo knockout of "The Gale" and "Mortal Share" continue to this day to be one of the best pairings of songs I've heard, with the opening raindrops puncuated with delicate piano all the way to the face-beating finale. "At the Gates of Sleep" and "In the Groves of Death" are the most expansive here, weaving in and out, delivering powerful passages and majestically written progressive melodic death.

Let's talk about the guitar work. I mean, let's seriously talk about the guitar work here. In a modern world where every 12 year old kid on Youtube can play "Satch Boogie", technical expertise has long fallen by the wayside in the realm of the six-string. As such, fretboard frenetics hold little value these days, and what it boils down to is the song, the story, and how the guitar tells the story with its solemn timbres and triumphant squeals. As storytellers, Insomnium and their trusty axes have few peers: The scales feel familiar, the notes seem safe, but the way everything is put together is astoundingly solid and manages to wrench you deep within your soul, where any truly amazing album can reach. No instrument on this album is a show stopper, but the guitar work and song writing is better than I had thought possible in this exhausted genre, and leagues better than it has any right to be.

Gruff vocals, tight and energetic drums, bass that epitomizes "in the pocket", and guitarwork that is second to none, Insomnium has created a monster of drudging proportions, and if you have any interest in the true power of well-written music, then give this baby a spin.



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Pyosisified
December 20th 2010


2450 Comments


bringing together disparate ideals from In Flames and Opeth


shouldnt it be ideas? anyway no opeth or doom here sorry

progressive melodic death


false

not really the classic youre making it out to be. albums ok, since the day is better tho



North0House
December 20th 2010


1764 Comments


Cool review.
I especially love that short, little, intro paragraph.
I might check this out, sounds like something I'd really like.

Oceans
December 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is awesome.

tehdoomsayer
December 20th 2010


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. This is probably my least favorite Insomnium album, but I agree with you about the
opening of this album. The first two songs are perfect openers for this cd.

Hawks
December 20th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is average as shit.

Oceans
December 20th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only other amazing Insomnium album is the one before this.

kingjulian
December 20th 2010


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album's not mah thang, but there are some pretty enjoyable parts. Good review

jitteryzeitgeist
December 20th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pyosisified:

There is quite a large Opethian tint to this cd, Blackwater Park/My Arms Your Hearse era.

And progressive refers to strong structure.

jitteryzeitgeist
December 20th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And I love Since the Day it all Came Down, but I feel like this ones better than both that and Across the Dark. I'd give em all over a 4.0.

McCopper
December 20th 2010


1367 Comments


"Album is average as shit."
Come on now Hawks...
Album is a 4-4.5.
Last statement is so beautiful.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 20th 2010


5808 Comments


Interesting review. You used some descriptions here that I haven't read in the other reviews for this album, so props. pos

Love this, best insomnium

Digging: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010


16453 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I shamelessly love this band

/fanboy

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

JaymzHetfield
December 20th 2010


87 Comments


u mean fagboy

ffs
December 20th 2010


4880 Comments


preetyy good album but i would really describe it with the words "angular gruffness"

i mean lets be serious this is girly metal

JaymzHetfield
December 20th 2010


87 Comments


idk man you can almost feel the spiky shapes the bands throwing at you

Gmork89
December 20th 2010


5519 Comments


Lets all just continually report this guy and maybe it wont take a year for him to get banned.

Darkvoid67
December 20th 2010


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only listened to Mortal Share and their latest, however your review was pretty good with only one or two grammatical errors. I want to listen to this now

ButcheredChildren
December 20th 2010


5591 Comments


wow had no idea this was 5able

DinoX
December 21st 2010


3582 Comments


Good review pos'd.

Your summary sums up my thoughts on this album as well

Spineless
March 6th 2011


63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

only song that's a waste of space is 'at the gates'.. rest of the album is gold.. pure gold.



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