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      March 18, 2020

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      722 College St. W
      Toronto, Ontario


      with Omnium Gatherum, Seven Spires
      Hailing from the land of thousand lakes, boasting with a thousand melodies and spawning a thousand emotions comes Shadows Of The Dying Sun, sixth studio album of Finland's melodic metal magicians INSOMNIUM. An album born of the melancholy, sorrow and dreariness of long winter nights, as relentless and overwhelming as an autumn storm and yet as refreshing as the first sunbeams of a spring morning and as peaceful as a mild summer's eve. Two and a half years after their acclaimed masterpiece One For Sorrow the Finns return with an album that brings them one step closer to the Olympus of melodic metal where their established countrymen Amorphis shouldn't ensconce themselves too comfortably. Shadows Of The Dying Sun, which once again immerses deeply into stirring abysses of melancholy, is even more varied, intense and dynamic than its predecessor with each new album INSOMNIUM seem to bring their songwriting craftsmanship closer to perfection. We haven't changed our style dramatically, vocalist and bassist Niilo Sevnen explains the general approach of the new album. Fans can rest assured that it is still classic INSOMNIUM. Of course there's also some new flavors here and there, and maybe it's even more diverse compared with the last album. The easy stuff is easier than before, the heavy stuff is heavier. The contrasts between the songs are probably bigger than on any of our previous albums.Exhibit A for the impressive sonic range INSOMNIUM cover on Shadows Of The Dying Sun is placed right in the centre of the album: While the beastly Black Heart Rebellion features brutal blast beats and even ventures into black metal realms, the ensuing gut-wrenching semi-ballad Lose To Night may be the softest song INSOMNIUM have ever written. An emotional roller coaster the listener cannot flinch from. Of course it takes some reruns to fully grasp all the subtleties and details of the majestic compositions gathered on this tantalizing opus, however, those are the kind of records that outlive the rush of fresh excitement and finally become something bigger than just another new album, aren't they? That's what we aim for, to have an interesting, diverse, long-lasting album that you don't get fed up with, Sevnen describes the musical self-conception of a band that has evolved impressively since their foundation in the Finnish university city of Joensuu back in 1997.Inspired by bands such as their legendary countrymen Amorphis and Sentenced, early Paradise Lost or Swedish genre pioneers la In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates or Opeth, 17-year-old Sevnen buried his grunge band and asked his metalhead schoolmates Ville Friman and Markus Hirvonen if they wanted to form a metal band with him. From that point, the only direction for INSOMNIUM was up: album by album from their 2002 debut In the Halls Of Awaiting via Since The Day It All Came Down (2004), Above The Weeping World (2006) and Across The Dark (2009) through to their Century Media debut One for Sorrow (2011) also introducing Markus Vanhala as the new fourth member. And tour by tour the passionate musicians edged their way to the very top of the scene and have by now become the spearhead of melodic death metal made in Finland.Even the departure of longtime guitarist Ville Vnni shortly before their tour supporting One For Sorrow at the end of 2011 couldn't knock INSOMNIUM off course. With new guitarist Markus Vanhala, who has contributed considerably to Shadows Of The Dying Sun, they found an equal substitute for Vnni who left the band amicably for personal issues. Maybe an album title like Shadows Of The Dying Sun might sound clich for a melodic metal band from Finland at first. However, once you are lost in the fascinating sonic realms that INSOMNIUM conquer here, Shadows Of The Dying Sun suddenly becomes the only title possible. Branding the band as clich Finns would be quite superficial anyway, especially as melodic monsters like While We Sleep or the album's first single Ephemeral exude an immensely positive aura. Somehow our music has always something sad, dark and dreary, and our lyrics just fit the music. It's the kind of music we love and want to make, the kind of music that makes us feel good. It doesn't mean that we are depressed or sad in our lives, Sevnen muses. And we do have empowering, hopeful and uplifting songs as well, even though at first sight some song titles may appear quite sad and melancholic. But there is an optimistic vibe hidden somewhere in our lyrics, some hope that not all is lost.An optimistic vibe becomes INSOMNIUM anyhow, seeing that they are about to conquer new frontiers with their manifold sixth studio album whose cover was once again designed by Ghost Brigade guitarist Wille Naukkarinen who had already done such a great job on Across The Dark and One For Sorrow. Fearlessly and wakefully, INSOMNIUM now dispel the shadows of a dying sun and head into a new tomorrow: The dawn of musical majesty.

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