Insomnium
Above the Weeping World


4.5
superb

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
September 20th, 2012 | 142 replies | 2,689 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quite the fix for any melodic metal fiend.

Upon hearing death metal for the first time, I was immediately attracted to its more melodic side. Bands like In Flames and Dark Tranquility proved they could still pack a punch while incorporating melody with beautifully harmonized guitars. I became addicted; always searching for my next metal fix. Enter Insomnium. Hailing from Finland, the melodeath outfit have released five full length albums, all of which have been met with praise. Perhaps their most impressive of these releases is 2006's "Above The Weeping World." Mixing the sweet and the sour, their third effort is full of energy and aggression, yet it's atmospheric and beautiful at the same time.

The eerie sound of a piano playing and rain in the background of 'The Gale' sets the mood perfectly for the rest of the album. About a minute into the song we hear the singer whisper "when it rains, it pours like hell". After the shivers pass through your spine instruments then explode into full force with impressive drums and tasteful guitars. The next two songs get right to the point and start with the most harmonious riffs on the record. 'Draw to Black' is one of the most enjoyable songs. The vocalist fits the song extremely well and in no way do his growls feel forced. If anything he is one of the more competent vocalists I've heard for the genre which helps give Insomnium a refreshing sound.

There's no doubt in my mind that Insomnium learned from the best. Drawing influences from the likes of At The Gates or In Flames, they have crafted an album that will please fans of 90's melodeath. That's not to say they aren't unique in their own right, however. If you listen carefully you will notice some slight folk influences on certain songs and the band has even cited black metal as an influence. Their willingness to try different things makes them one of the most diverse and enjoyable bands I've heard in the genre.

At the end of the day, "Above The Weeping World" is melodic death metal at it's finest. It's dark, yet beautiful. Songs like 'At the Gates of Sleep' or 'In the Groves of Death' contain heavenly orchestrated acoustic guitar sections along with the usual harmonious guitars making them two tracks worth checking out. To be honest though, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't listen to the album in its entirety. Each song has something special in store for the listener which makes for an exciting journey into the realm of melodic death metal that's not only worth remembering, but revisiting.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't really need another review but I don't care. Check it out if you haven't heard it.

MMX
September 19th 2012



4798 Comments


m///////////

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



15889 Comments


Would I like this if I don't listen to all that much metal

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 19th 2012



4854 Comments


Hey there buddy, nice review you gots. I love me some melodic metal. Atari, you should definitely give this a listen to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJXCTtRpXaE

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Sowing, I bet you'd like it.

You like agalloch right? Not that they sound like agalloch but if you like atmospheric metal I think you'd enjoy it

GiaNXGX
September 19th 2012



4867 Comments


Would I like this if I don't listen to all that much metal


You enjoyed the mantle so of course you will.

GiaNXGX
September 19th 2012



4867 Comments


omfg Atari, coincidence. I posted at the same time as you did.

Awesome review for an awesome album bro.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol whoah that's funny.

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 19th 2012



4854 Comments


XGX, you should give that link I posted up there a listen too.

GiaNXGX
September 19th 2012



4867 Comments


lol

GiaNXGX
September 19th 2012



4867 Comments



XGX, you should give that link I posted up there a listen to.

I'm listenin' sounds sweet so far, thanks for sharing :]

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Chimpunk/GiaNXGX, thanks guys appreciate it.

Does melodeath need a space in it?

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 19th 2012



4854 Comments


Not sure if y'all will dig the vocals. Atari will because he likes pop punk. Overall, I'd say it is a well written song and definitely a sweet set of solos.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm about to eat dinner but thanks for the link i'll check it out later tonight : )

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012



50114 Comments


hmm I've never heard of this

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

Fluttertrank
September 19th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this shit rules

MMX
September 19th 2012



4798 Comments


Fuck yeah Flut


GiaNXGX
September 19th 2012



4867 Comments


The song was very good & the vocals were good as well. Thanks bro.

Fluttertrank
September 19th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah MMX

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 19th 2012



4854 Comments


awesome, it was made by a fellow sputniker so gotta support each other ya know



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