The epic concept album Winter’s Gate, comprised of one 40 minute song by the Finnish melodeath outfit INSOMNIUM, is out now on Century Media Records.
Raving impressions of Winter’s Gate continue to pour in from both North America and Europe;
“Insomnium devotees will discover few surprises over the course of the album itself. Yes, the individual performances here are watertight, elaborating on melodic themes driven by anthemic immediacy and glorious bombast.”
– DECIBEL MAGAZINE
“A thrilling listen that’s every bit as epic as the original yarn it’s inspired by.”
– METAL HAMMER (UK)
“Their brand of melancholy and introspection is unmistakable and unmatched.”
– HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY
“An outstanding album that champions the Scandinavian metal scene and the high pedigree of musicians it breeds.”
– DAILY SPORT
“What’s most impressive about the track, aside from how well it keeps your interest throughout its run time, is how invigorated guitarists Ville Friman and Markus Vanhala sound. On Winter’s Gate, it’s clear this project inspired everyone involved, especially the guitarists.”
– NEW NOISE MAGAZINE
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Written by vocalist & bassist Niilo Sevänen, Winter’s Gate (Talven portti in Finnish) recounts the compelling journey of a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near. The full story is also available along with the album as a book with translations in English, Finnish and German. Winter’s Gate was illustrated by the artist Teemu Tähkänen.
Mixed by none other than the magnificent Dan Swanö at Unisound AB studio in Sweden, musically, Winter’s Gate immerses deeply into stirring abysses of melancholy while simultaneously introducing daring new elements to widen the sonic spectrum. INSOMNIUM has always had their own unique way of making melodic death metal but now they are venturing deep into the realms of doom, progressive and black metal. All the varying elements are woven together into one captivating opus that follows the dramatic arc of the story. It’s a rich album full of different atmospheres and emotions; full of overwhelming, gut-wrenching and masterfully crafted music.
Hear about the concept and recording process for Winter’s Gatein the trailers below: