A few days ago, we discovered “The Reticent”, the latest single of the Finnish band Insomnium. Without any surprise, this new track offers the favourite recipe of this melodic death metal band in all its splendour : a dark atmosphere, some transcending passages with clear voices, powerful choruses and a big distortion on which the bassist Niilo Sevänen does his growls, and, icing on the cake, a melodic lead guitar which always matches the vocal lines perfectly. Insomnium is a real guitar/vocal duo that fully complement each other.

Let’s not lie, most of the tracks in the band’s discography sound very similar. Their musical identity is very marked and some will say that they didn’t try very hard. For those who love Insomnium, they’ll probably say to themselves: “Oh no, it’s already over ! And then click on “watch again” at the end of the song !

The new single is accompanied by a black and white video clip featuring the band which is directed by Vesa Ranta. Guitarist Ville Friman is absent, as he was unfortunately unable to join the rest of the band for the clip due to the pandemic.

Some words from Ville Friman about “The Reticent” :
“The past year has been a difficult one. People have lost their loved ones, jobs and livelihoods. Hope has been replaced by fear, anxiety and uncertainty. We have all been forced to live our lives in isolation, detached both physically and mentally. This song is about all those feelings. An inner dialogue of hope and hopelessness. During this time, music has been a source of comfort and solace. Something to rely on and return to. And while we have become withdrawn and reticent, our music tolls now ever stronger.” 

Insomnium has remained very active in recent months. Their latest album, Heart Like a Grave, was released in October 2019. Last March, the video for “The Conjurer” (which is not on the album) was released. On 24th of April, the band performed the entire album “Shadows of the Dying Sun” (released in 2014 and which I highly recommend if you are discovering the band now) in a live stream entitled “The Shadows Stream”.

Many dates have already been announced for the end of the year.
First of all, a tour in Finland and Estonia with Finntroll :
17.09.2021 Helsinki, Kulttuuritalo
18.09.2021 Turku, Logomo
24.09.2021 Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo
25.09.2021 Oulu, Tullisali
30.09.2021 Jyväskylä
01.10.2021 Tampere, Tullikamarin Pakkahoune
03.10.2021 Tallinna, Helitehas

And then a European tour :
26.11.2021 Leipzig (Germany) – Hellraiser
27.11.2021 Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse
28.11.2021 Wien (Austria) – WUK
30.11.2021 Köln (Germany) – Essigfabrik
01.12.2021 Utrecht (Netherlands) – Tivoli
02.12.2021 Nijmegen (Netherlands) – Doornroosje
03.12.2021 Paris (France) – La Machine
04.12.2021 Grenoble (France) – Ilyade
05.12.2021 Straßbourg (France) – La Laiterie
06.12.2021 Nürnberg (Germany) – Hirsch
07.12.2021 Prag (Czech Republic) – Futurum
08.12.2021 Berlin (Germany) – Metropol
10.12.2021 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben
11.12.2021 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan
12.12.2021 Gothenborg (Sweden) – Pustervik
13.12.2021 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Pumpehuset
14.12.2021 Hamburg (Germany) – Grünspan
15.12.2021 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
16.12.2021 Munich (Germany) – Backstage Werk
17.12.2021 Mannheim (Germany) – MS Connexion
18.12.2021 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
19.12.2021 Stuttgart (Germany) – Wiezemann
20.12.2021 Bremen (Germany) – Tivoli

So, are you ready to go see them again ?