Finland’s Insomnium recently released their fifth album, titled One for Sorrow. It’s very dark – not to say that it’s depressing, but the album has the feeling of being resolved to a lonely, somber path. Guitarists Ville Friman and Ville Vanni’s beautiful work immerse the listener in powerful dual guitar lines that are the backbone of the album. The orchestral keyboards wafting in and out in the background are haunting, and the combination of deep, death growling and triumphant-sounding clean vocals meld everything together perfectly. My only complaint about the album is that I would have liked to see a little bit more experimentation. ‘Decoherence’, a slow instrumental track, is a nice change of pace in the middle of the album, but aside from that, a lot of the album is very similar sounding fare. I feel that Insomnium could stretch their boundaries a little bit more: they sound as if they have much more lying in wait and have not yet reached the peak of their potential. Overall, a very solid release that will satisfy fans of melodic death metal and one of the best albums I’ve heard so far this year.
Last month we talked to guitarist Ville Friman, you can check out that chat here.
Check out the video for ‘Through the Shadows’: