Insomnium
Since the Day It All Came Down


5.0
classic

Review

by TheHamburgerman USER (8 Reviews)
January 26th, 2007 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is not a metal album with melodies all over it. This is a melodic album with a metal sound underneath it. Notice the difference?

For many years the Metal genre is looked down by people as noise. Mainstream metal bands only helped them shape that thought, and people were stubborn to surrender to the fact that most of the metal music took a lot of skill to produce. Emotion in metal was a taboo, and was completely turned over by calling the deep raspy vocals “mindlessly shouting”. People couldn’t be more wrong.


The album is a sad and gloomy record. A look at the first track title concludes it. Nocturne is a saddening piano ballad with low melodies slowly progressing into the first metal track: The Day It All Came Down. When the song starts, it’s easy to reckon the overuse of the melody. This is however not a bad thing. Insomnium quite put it out well. They set the melody on the front step, yet they didn’t forget the importance of the rhythmic section. The whole album is packed together with an extremely big load of melodies. They harmonize, put a sad tone down or make a song sound more aggressive. The difference of a lead riff and another lead riff is quite easy to recognize, yet doesn’t completely differ much from it.

The reason why this band is called “the second Opeth” is because of the extensive use of acoustic parts. Almost every song has 1 or more acoustic parts where the listener can relax from the fury that the band made a minute ago. It’s hard to switch from a heavy part to a relaxing part. Insomnium however perfectly executed in every song. Their songwriting in terms of switching from different riffs is incredible tight. Just like Opeth they tend to forget the standard formula and just write what their heart brings up. Songs like Disengagement reach a fairly long length, while some shorter songs such as Bereavement and the depressive album closer Song of the Forlorn Son have reached climaxes where words are just inconvenient to tell the beauty from it.

Of course, it’s not the Valhalla of music. The approach towards the switching themes between acoustic and distorted remains the same throughout the album. The melodies always take the frontline while the rhythm section tends just to follow the lead guitar. This leads sometimes to some generic chords. The chords however always go nice along with the melodies, making it somewhat less bad. Another negative thing is Nillo’s voice. His growling is fantastic, and his spoken word is decent. His flaw lies in the fact that he barely changes his voice. It’s just like the music every time the same approach. It’s not that band though because as I already mentioned, it’s mostly about the melodies.

Although the definition: “The album starts overwhelming, and ends emotional, but lacks in between” is vaguely true, the album deserves no statement like that. No single song is unnecessary or bad and differ enough from the other songs. With only some minor flaws in the two songs Death Walked the Earth and Disengagement, and primary perfection in every song, it’s fair to say we’re talking about a classic album. An unknown classic album it is.

Top 6 songs:

1. Song of the Forlorn Son
2. Nocturne
3. The Day It All Came down
4. Closing Words
5. Bereavement
6. Under The Plaintive Sky

Songs I don’t care for

None. Every song has a different feeling, and every song should be considered as a classic.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheHamburgerman
January 26th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite album ever.



Helping hands may be nice, I'm willing to edit this untill there is no tomorrow anymore. I want it to be a rather fine review that does this album justice.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
January 26th 2007


2806 Comments


Not a bad review, but please put in the tracklisting and album art.

I love Opeth, so I should check this out.

Edit: Suggestions are.. just.. more. More detail. You have the basic outline of the review down. Also, just put recommended tracks rather than "Top Six Tracks".This Message Edited On 01.26.07

TheHamburgerman
January 26th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh this is great. Sputnik added a new album instead of taking the official Since the day it all came down. I didn't even do anything...

TheHamburgerman
January 26th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not a bad review, but please put in the tracklisting and album art.







I love Opeth, so I should check this out.
That's the problem, there already is but sputnik somehow regarded this as a new album.

TheHamburgerman
January 26th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

can anyone delete this?

Tyler
Emeritus
January 26th 2007


7925 Comments


You probably entered the title rather than selecting it from the drop down. Just ask for it to be fixed.

TheHamburgerman
January 26th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I selected it from the drop down

TheHamburgerman
January 26th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Plus how can I ask this to be fixed/deleted. Where can I do that?

Tyler
Emeritus
January 26th 2007


7925 Comments


Someone asked for you in the report problems/ask questions thread. A mod will get to it.

Hatshepsut
January 26th 2007


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One hell of an album. Great great stuff.

TheHamburgerman
January 26th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please make suggestions of what I did not do good enough. Tomorrow I will edit the review to make it better.

Hatshepsut
January 26th 2007


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meh I don't have suggestions on the review, just listen to Mabool by Orphaned Land and Focus by Cynic.

Eakflanderyof
January 26th 2007


2403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pretty good review. This album is good, but I wouldn't quite consider it a classic. It's a little repetitive, but still damn good.

spoon_of_grimbo
January 27th 2007


2241 Comments


i'm listening to an mp3 of daughter of the moon that my girlfriend sent me... may have to acquire the cd from her later, this is good stuff!

great review too!

TheHamburgerman
January 27th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Girlfriend listening to melodic death metal. Could it be any better?

Angmar
January 27th 2007


2688 Comments


[quote=chan]does she refer to you as "hamburgerman" during sex[/quote] Dont you mean Spoon of Grimbo??? And this looks like a must on my "to check out" list.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 27th 2007


3708 Comments


This is superb stevo go find it.

Nice review. Maybe beef it up a little bit, but I like what you have.

TheHamburgerman
January 27th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beef? Isn't that a kind of meat?This Message Edited On 01.27.07

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 27th 2007


3708 Comments


Maybe I spelt it wrong and it should be beaf? I don't know.

But beef is good. You did the album justice, methinks.

TheHamburgerman
January 27th 2007


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

does she refer to you as "hamburgerman" during sex

I was talking about Grimbo's gf. I don't have one that listens to metal, maybe that's better though...



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