Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave
Melancholy, sadness, darkness, gloomy doom and progressive, but also melodic and filled with feelings of nature – this band from Finnish Joensuu really know how to hit the soul deep within, and hard. They released their debut album ”In the Halls of Awaiting” in 2002, and this is their eight one, the follow up to 2016’s brilliant ”Winter’s Gate”, and also the first to include Jani Liimatainen (known from, among others – Cain’s Offering, The Dark Element, ex-Sonata Arctica) on guitars and clean vocals.
And even though I had really high expectations on this one, I am not disappointed. Not at all.
The ten songs are beautifully composed and delivered with so much emotion and precision, so much Fingerspitzengefühl, that it’s almost overwhelming. It’s like floating into calm and serenity, but with a raw and brutal twist. It’s about… balance.
The harshness of the drums, guitars and growling, paired with the flowing melodies, some acoustic parts and clean singing. An amazing combination. And amazing is also the only word that can describe the longest track of the album, ”Pale Morning Star” (8.58). It takes us on a simply perfect journey through the emotional landscapes.
Oh, whatever – this entire album is amazing, it’s just as simple as that.
Title: Heart Like a Grave
Label: Century Media
Date of release: 4/10-19
Stand out tracks: Pale Morning Star, And Bells They Toll, Heart Like a Grave