Album Review: Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun
Posted by Reggie
Length: 63 Minutes
Record Label: Century Media
Release Date: 29 April 2014
Style: Melodic Death Metal
Discography: In the Halls of Awaiting (2002); since the Day it All Came Down (2004); Above the Weeping World (2006); Across the Dark (2009); One for Sorrow (2011).
The Review: I fucking love this album and let me tell you why. The first reason is simple. Shadows of the Dying Sun is the first album of 2014 that either met or exceeded my expectations. I have been dying to hear something this good for a while. That’s not to say there hasn’t been any quality releases because there have been. But, I was very excited to hear new Insomnium after three years and in my humble opinion…they nailed it.
As a melodic death metal band, they have a lot of leeway for creating all kinds of sounds from the most harsh to the most melodic, hence the genre title. Insomnium used this leeway to their advantage on this album even more so than their previous work. Shadows of the Dying Sun exudes every aspect the genre implies and they do it beautifully. Shit, the album is 63 minutes long! From solo piano pieces to ferocious blast beats, this album boasts everything in between and in such calculated form that nothing feels forced like insert solo here and make this part fast – everything flows and feels natural from one tempo to the next.
A few songs stand out immediately. Black Heart Rebellion is beast. This is where Insomnium shines with their ability to be crushingly heavy most of the time during this song. While We Sleep comes off like it’s going to be a very standard melodic death metal song you’d expect from Insomnium, but then there’s this very Alice in Chains-like verse of the song that really stood out as fresh and new…and different. See below for the video. The Promethean Song is my favorite so far. I must have listened to it fifteen times today. It’s dark and moody and for some reason I gravitate heavily toward that side of Insomnium. Strangely, it puts me in a good mood. Ephemeral, the song they released on an EP a few months ago, received a bit of an enhancement as the song sounds slightly different.
Insomnium’s latest work showcases how far the band has evolved. I will admit I haven’t heard the first few albums, but since 2009’s Across the Dark, the band has matured in their song composition. I need to go back and get those older albums. Shadows of the Dying Sun is everything you would expect from Insomnium, but oh so much more! Highly recommended!