Saturday, March 27, 2010

Initial Impressions: Insomnium: Across the Dark

Insomnium is one of my favorite melodic death metal bands. The Finnish band combines beautiful, sweeping guitar soundscapes, Dark Tranquillity-style riffs, and some doom metal elements to result in a sound that is at once electrifying, as well as heart-breaking.

The band arguably reached its majestic peak on their last album Above the Weeping World, however this album remains locked into that same vein. As a whole, the album is a little on the faster side and a little bit heavier. The band also uses clean vocals more often. All of these changes though do not mix up the band's sound so much that is no longer clear it's an Insomnium album.

Insomnium has once again put out a terrific album. Melodic death has continued to survive as a genre because of bands like this. Bands that still play the style but play it differently enough to stand out from all of the In Flames clones. Insomnium's additions of doom metal elements keep the band standing out from the rest of the pack.

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