Insomnium
Above the Weeping World


4.5
superb

Review

by loathed USER (9 Reviews)
September 18th, 2006 | 172 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Awesome melodic death metal...You will be hooked onto this instantly

When you hear of melodic death metal, what comes to mind? bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates etc? Well, if you haven't heard of Insomnium, you owe yourself to check this band out, especially if you like the 3 aforementioned bands.

This is Insomnium's third LP and the follow up to the largely "successful" on the day it all came down. There are moments on this album that are melodic as hell, progressive, sometimes eerie, and even times where it makes you bang your head so much to the heaviness.

The album opens with the sound of rain pouring, although some may be skeptical of that, i find it quite interesting, combining well with the sound of the piano playing for a moment, which is by the way, abit depressing if you ask me. Then as the piano gets louder, the heavyness comes in. The distortion kicks in and the drums pound away. As soon as i heard the guitar riff to this song, i knew i was in for something special. Overall, "The Gale" is a good if not fantastic instrumental piece to start off the album, which leads into the single, "Mortal Share". and by gawd, what a song...a lead riff starts to play over some rythmic and it builds up to the drum beat that plays until the climax at about 00:25 into the song. You are then blasted with a growl that is so bad ass as a highly melodic lead guitar riff starts to play, its rather heavy as well, and you cant help but be blown away and headbang your way through it. The verses to the song reminds me alot of In Flames, combined with the riffing style of At The Gates. This is a must listen for any melodic death fan. "Mortal Share" grabs and hooks you by the neck unrelentlessly not letting go until the end of the song.


"Drawn In Black" is a very nice piece, coupled with acoustic progressions that are soothing and useful, rather than being there just for the fun of it. Although this is 6 minutes long, it doesnt bore throughout. Again, there are very clear influences here, Dark Tranquillity to name, but theres just something to it that makes you aware that its still Insomnium.

There are a number of acoustic/progressive parts that you will find in this album, obviously the already mentioned "Drawn In Black". "Change in Heart" starts off with some acoustic passages before becoming heavy with a lead melody over it. and yet another acoustic passage in the middle of the song, and wow, what a progressive piece. Such beauty in it, which leads straight back to the heavy distortion and another very folk inspired melody.

"The Killjoy" starts off with what sounds more like a pop-rock song, then the melodic stuff comes in and starts off this killer of a piece. The verses are rather alright, and the transition part from the verse to chorus is pure awesomeness, although its that tad simple. The chorus is very catchy, which makes you sometimes want to sing along, but then again, you may headbang to it. A very infectious melody is played here, but then again, those infectious melodic riffs are everywhere on this album, arent they? Yet another acoustic part comes in at the 3:40 mark, to lead it right into a final chorus. One of the best on this album IMO.

"Devoid of Caring" and "In The Grooves of Death" are just mainly your standard melodic death songs. The melodic hooks are there to once again grab you by your throat, never seeming to let go. "In The Grooves of Death" starts off with one heck of a acoustic passage, which then leads to a distorted riff being played over the acoustic piece, before the acoustic piece eventually fades out, replaced by a beautiful melody.

Overall, this is an awesome album. Very listenable throughout, and may be quite addictive. If clean vocals are your type, then im sorry my friend, you will find none/very little of them here. Niilo uses a sort of a death grunt throughout the whole album, with the exception of some acoustic passages. Ville, both of Friman and Vanni fame, stands out musically in the band. Their ability to play such hooky melodic riffs are good. They may not be your typical technical death metal shredder, but im sure they're pretty good at what they do. Most of the riffs here are focused more on emotion rather than technicality. The bass is suprisingly, quite audible in this album. Not only on one song, but consistently throughout the whole album. Nille may not play very technical bits, but i guess he does his job well. Markus does okay behind his drum set. Again, he may not be the most technical of drummers, but there are some interesting fills here and there and he never seems to lose it. Some furious double bass kicks are found here, but not as common as those you'd find in the NWOAHM.

I wouldnt want to recommend any songs, because you need to hear the whole thing really. This is IMO, melodic death at its peak. This is a must have for fans of At The Gates, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and for all fans of melodic metal in general. But just for the sake of it...

Recommended songs:

Mortal Share
The Killjoy
In The Grooves of Death
Drawn to Black

Heck, im complied to almost list every song down, because there are some really excellent parts in every song that makes it worth it to listen to. But this is the final list.

Pros:

Melodic metal at its peak/best
Acoustic/progressive passages are done very well, beautiful
Vocal style suits the songs
Soothing, and yet heavy and infectious at the same time
bass is audible!

There are just too many pros to list out, but these are just some of it

Cons:

Lack of variety in vocals
Only 9 songs

Final Rating: 4.5/5

Melodic death at its best...rock on!



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loathed
September 18th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My 4th review...

This album is soooo good...

comments :D

Shadows
Moderator
September 18th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Incredible! I completely forgot this album was out already. This review is wunderbar. Insomnium is easily one of my favorite melodic death bands.

Kage
September 18th 2006


1172 Comments


Good review. You convinced me to check them out. I don't know if I like it so much, but good job anyway.

loathed
September 18th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey thanks...

You should really check this out...

Silenius
September 18th 2006


305 Comments


Good band, I liked the first two and by the sound of it I will love this one too.

wikuk
September 19th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, got my vote. I have their second album, and know some songs from their first, but I don't know if I will get this one. There are so many albums I still have to buy, and there will come releases that are more important to me thatn this CD. (Deftones, Machine Head, Incubus, Isis)

loathed
September 20th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

noooooo, get this first...this is amazing.

3 strong albums from insomnium already

and, shadowsfallen, are you going to do a review?

circleofdeadchildren
September 23rd 2006


119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review,This album is fucking great


loathed
September 27th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ahhhh, im so tempted to give this a 5. but i probably wont, because 5 states that its a classic.

on another note, i just found out. this is not a short album at all. it clocks in more than an hour.

awesomeeeeeThis Message Edited On 09.27.06

loathed
September 28th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=mudvaynian]I don't particularly like the vocals a lot, but "Mortal Share" is pretty good. I might look into these guys a little more.
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The vocals are pretty good, if not alright IMO. But dont let the vocals stop you! The music is damn good.

If you like Unearth's new album, im pretty sure you might like this!

Frogon
October 15th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is amazing, I just listened to it the other day, and I kept it repeating for hours and never got tired of it. The opening to the first track really sets up the amazingness of the entire album.

MarkedFortune
November 17th 2006


100 Comments


Love the review love the album tops

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2006


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I am a huge fan of Insomnium, and I didn't know this CD was out until about 2 weeks ago =). Excellent review though, I can't wait to pick this one up.

Oh and there is a video for "Mortal Share" which can be seen here:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=e5IpHczLeV8

freudianslipknot
December 8th 2006


803 Comments


great review, great cd. My only amendment would be that you called "in the groves of death" a "standard melodic death song." Don't you think at ten minutes it's more of an epic (brilliantly executed) and a rarity (excepting opeth) - something which neither dark tranquillity nor in flames - apparent leaders in the genre - have ever attempted. I think this song alone makes it worth investing in this CD.

loathed
December 30th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=freudianslipknot]great review, great cd. My only amendment would be that you called "in the groves of death" a "standard melodic death song." Don't you think at ten minutes it's more of an epic (brilliantly executed) and a rarity (excepting opeth) - something which neither dark tranquillity nor in flames - apparent leaders in the genre - have ever attempted. I think this song alone makes it worth investing in this CD. [/quote]

some of my opinions have changed since i wrote this review months ago, however the 4.5 rating still stays. and you're right, i might change the "standard melodic death" thing...in the groves of death is pretty epic, but i only gave it that tag because it didnt stand out to me while i was writing this review on like my 3rd spin of the album. and yes, its very rare to see a 10 min odd song in the melodic death genre, only other song i know of is Arsis' a diamond for disease...both are amazing songs. thanks for informing anyway.

and oh, DT and IF are more gothenburg than melodic death for me...but they're still pretty damn good. cant wait for DT's new album.

cheers.

freudianslipknot
December 30th 2006


803 Comments


I've actually just got hold of Arsis 'diamond for disease' (haven't heard it yet). On the whole genre thing - I gotta tell you, I really battle - so yeah, point taken on DT and IF. One of these days I'm going to have to get around to rating this album . . . I'm re-listening to it as I write after being somewhat side-tracked by Opeth (God knows what genre they are!!)

wikuk
January 13th 2007


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude, I'm serious. You didn't mention ONE SINGLE THING of Last Statement in the whole review. That's what they call blasphemy. It's one of the most beautiful and emotional songs I've heard. I both cry of that song and your reviewThis Message Edited On 01.13.07

TheHamburgerman
January 20th 2007


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Acidicity, really, you are one of the most stupid douche bags I've ever encountered. Except for that guy that randomly curses everyone around him without having that tourrette sickness. Seriously

Eakflanderyof
January 20th 2007


2143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bah.... anyway good album.This Message Edited On 05.07.07

wikuk
January 23rd 2007


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But luckily he is deleted.




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