Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Redemption of death metal, Insomnium (Ephemeral EP Review)

Well, I wanted to review this band in particular when I had my hands on "In The Halls Of Awaiting", but I feel like; I might have more to write now after having this EP called "Ephemeral". Insomnium, many say as the pop-version of melo-death, lol! I don't know how?, but this band to me is one of the most creative & innovative in all respect. Although, a well educated personnel too. With smooth riffs, soothing melodies, melancholy harmonies along with the 'traditional' melo-death blend; all combines together to form Insomnium, I remember listening OSDM acts hailing from Finland like Xysma, Demigod, Demilich etc.; they are just bad-ass. The Finnish/Swedish/Norwegian trio produced and still producing finest metal bands. Children Of Bodom, Kalmah, Amorphis, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Mors Principium Est, Norther, Sentenced, Omnium Gatherum, Swallow The Sun etc..yes the list will grow more and more with all these melo-death bands hailing from the same place as the Insomnium belongs too.What makes them more prominent and different from others is the combination of thematic lyrics with tuneful riffs, I don't know how to explain but they really do something really 'melodic'. 

In this release the key change was the replacement of Ville Vanni with Markus Vanhala of Omnium Gatherum on guitars despite any change in the sound you feel in. The EP was released somewhere in September, 2013 and contains four tracks, 'Ephemeral' is the only song. If you have experienced the band before, in the very first second you catch who is rousing the ear drums, with their usual playing style the song starts with their signature tone & rest the vocals lead your way to identify more, it is pretty good track to listen love the guitar work as I always do. Ville Friman knows how to create the real melody out of the lower strings. The EP also comprises of three instrumentals (mostly acoustic) that had recorded previously. 'The Emergence' & 'The Descent' were used in 'One for Sorrow' documentary. A must have band for melo-death wanderers but not for the 'kvlt' style listeners. 

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