Insomnium   Shadows of the Dying Sun
3.9
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Ranking: #112 for 2014

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3.5 greatHastein45 | April 27th 14

There are maybe 2 songs on here that are average for Insomnium and one, "While We Sleep",
which is good. The rest is certainly not up to par to their older stuff. This album is less
dynamic, less emotionally provocative, less interesting, and there isn't enough diversity.
The acoustic breaks are less prevalent here and the album suffers because of it. The build-
up to climaxes is nowhere near what it was on previous albums. Sure, they add blast-beats
but it doesn't add much musically other than it is different. The emphasis on clean vocals
reminds me of Noumena's direction, though with the same results: the band is no longer as
good. The only thing I like better is the addition of more solos, which are fantastic. This
album doesn't compare to their older stuff, and in my opinion, is definitely the worst thing
they have ever released, minus the EP last year. Saying this album is a classic, superb, or
even excellent is a stretch and unworthy of that sort of recognition. Insinuating that this
is as good as their other stuff is akin to saying Mercenary's latest is as well. It simply
isn't. It is still better than what most bands release however.


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0.0 Evan Mester | April 22nd 14

It may look like your typical, slightly above average Melodic Death Metal album at first, but after a few listens, it becomes one hell of a grower.

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3.5 greatOmairSh | November 20th 14

Pretty much the standard Insomnium formula. It's done well though

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4.0 excellentBrett Tharp CONTRIBUTOR | October 5th 14

For being my first Insomnium, this record is quite a punch to the stomach. Epic in every sense of the word. The atmosphere is impressive, depressingly beautiful with some vague Dark Tranquillity influence, which is dig. The clean/scream vocal interplay is also fantastic. I will say that some of the songs run a bit too long, and chopping a few minutes off some wouldn't go amiss.

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4.0 excellentTrey Spencer STAFF | May 15th 14

The melodic death metal band that looked like they were content to never progress have finally made a pretty decent leap. The album is diverse and dynamic, and they've finally done a decent job of integrating the clean vocals.

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0.0 DarknessPrevails | May 6th 14

This is my first introduction to the band, and I have to say I'm impressed. This is a very well constructed and consistent melodic death metal release, blending beautiful melody and atmosphere with crushing and deathy riffs. Definitely one I'd like to listen to again from a band I'll definitely be checking out more of.

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5.0 classicDrugoli | April 28th 14

The more you listen to it, the better it gets.rDefiantly never listen to this in a random order or just one song. You HAVE to listen to this from start to finish, it's an amazing experience.

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4.0 excellentFilip Kurbanovic | April 27th 14

There are amazing moments on this record. Unexpectedly amazing tracks too: Revelation, Collapsing Words and The River are really up to par with their best. Really great record

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