Insomnium - Heart Like A Grave



8.5 | 337 votes |
Release date: 4 October 2019
Style: Melodic death metal

Owners:

166 have it
49 want it


01. Wail Of The North
02. Valediction
03. Neverlast
04. Pale Morning Star
05. And Bells They Toll
06. The Offering
07. Mute Is My Sorrow
08. Twilight Trails
09. Heart Like A Grave
10. Karelia
11. The True Morning Star [bonus]
12. Karelia 2049 [bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2019: 2

Line-up
Niilo Sevänen - vocals, bass
Ville Friman - guitars, vocals
Jani Liimatainen - guitars, vocals
Markus Vanhala - guitars
Markus Hirvonen - drums

Session musicians
Aleksi Munter - keyboards

Additional info
Bonus tracks available on digital and "artbook" editions.

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
N/A
I'm having a grade A bruh moment here. Fanboy time!

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published 29.09.2019 | Comments (18)

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08.10.2019 - 18:09
Rating: 9
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.10.2019 at 17:22

Is there anything more metal than arguing over album ratings?

Arguing over which album didn't get nominated to the MSAs
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08.10.2019 - 21:33
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Masterchief
Written by RaduP on 08.10.2019 at 18:09

Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.10.2019 at 17:22

Is there anything more metal than arguing over album ratings?

Arguing over which album didn't get nominated to the MSAs

Msa are subjective, sometimes great bands are not nominated
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09.10.2019 - 07:14
Rating: 10
athtar
Written by Dark Horizons on 06.10.2019 at 00:27

I understand fanboysm, but... how many metal albums have you listened to give 10 to this? 2?!

Listened to 230+ new albums this year. Is it enough?
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09.10.2019 - 08:11
Rating: 9
The Melting Snow
Haters gonna hate. it's a great album.

loving the riffs in almost all songs and i feel this is the only band that does melodic death with serious doom and gloom vibes and i love that
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09.10.2019 - 08:40
Rating: 9
MeatWolf
Written by Dark Horizons on 06.10.2019 at 17:34

So this well-played and produced but unoriginal and average melo death metal album, for you is perfect?! Really?!

Definitely NOT average, as for originality, I don't care much, nor does the band, as they say they have a style and always had it from the start so they simply do well what they do.
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09.10.2019 - 08:40
Zykloncrawaxx
I would ask if this is good but that is obviously a pretty loaded question depending on who answers. Instead I'll ask, is it different? I liked when they tried out a few different genres in parts of Winter's Gate but if this is just business as usual then I'll stick with the albums I have. The bit of Pale Morning Star I heard sounded too familiar.
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09.10.2019 - 08:42
Rating: 9
MeatWolf
Written by Zykloncrawaxx on 09.10.2019 at 08:40

I would ask if this is good but that is obviously a pretty loaded question depending on who answers. Instead I'll ask, is it different? I liked when they tried out a few different genres in parts of Winter's Gate but if this is just business as usual then I'll stick with the albums I have. The bit of Pale Morning Star I heard sounded too familiar.

Definitely not. Same old Insomnium of 10s.
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09.10.2019 - 09:26
Zykloncrawaxx
Written by MeatWolf on 09.10.2019 at 08:42

Definitely not. Same old Insomnium of 10s.

Alright thanks. I'm sure I wouldn't dislike it but I don't have much desire to pick another album of theirs unless they keep trying new things. They have the talent to expand but if they want to keep doing what they've always done then I'm good with going through the older albums again.
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09.10.2019 - 11:06
Rating: 6
Dark Horizons
Written by athtar on 09.10.2019 at 07:14

Written by Dark Horizons on 06.10.2019 at 00:27

I understand fanboysm, but... how many metal albums have you listened to give 10 to this? 2?!

Listened to 230+ new albums this year. Is it enough?


True connoisseur!
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09.10.2019 - 14:59
Rating: 9
Theodore V
Feels like more of the same at first, and it sort of is, but I fooking love it...
A solid melo-death release, familiar sounds but with different arrangements. A definate candidate for top albums of 2019.
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09.10.2019 - 15:39
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
Written by Zykloncrawaxx on 09.10.2019 at 09:26

They have the talent to expand but if they want to keep doing what they've always done then I'm good with going through the older albums again.

They have one album that's somewhat expansive in terms of arrangements and song structures, and your rating for it is 4. Just saying
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09.10.2019 - 20:19
Zykloncrawaxx
Written by Risto on 09.10.2019 at 15:39

Written by Zykloncrawaxx on 09.10.2019 at 09:26

They have the talent to expand but if they want to keep doing what they've always done then I'm good with going through the older albums again.

They have one album that's somewhat expansive in terms of arrangements and song structures, and your rating for it is 4. Just saying

Yes because it was barely different at all from what I remember and was a very auto-pilot the Insomnium album. I didn't care for it back then and haven't ever bothered going back because it was mostly white noise.
Feel free to point out examples to the contrary that I won't care about though.
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10.10.2019 - 10:28
Rating: 9
Until the End
All great songs apart for 'And Bells They Toll' which I dislike. Particular early favourites are 'The Offering' and 'Twilight Trails'.
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10.10.2019 - 16:56
Rating: 8
Peasant
Yes, up there with the Shadows of the Dying Sun.
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11.10.2019 - 02:43
Rating: 8
Grom
I don't believe in melodeath fatigue. I take a warm shower every day and it soothes each time. Every single golden retriever I meet warms my heart. Just the same, every single big melodeath album pulls me into that dark swirling storm of emotional riffage. Haters gonna hate, but I'm always ready for more of the same.
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11.10.2019 - 16:29
Rating: 9
X-FrEaK
Written by Grom on 11.10.2019 at 02:43

I don't believe in melodeath fatigue. I take a warm shower every day and it soothes each time. Every single golden retriever I meet warms my heart. Just the same, every single big melodeath album pulls me into that dark swirling storm of emotional riffage. Haters gonna hate, but I'm always ready for more of the same.


that was funny
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11.10.2019 - 23:30
Rating: 8
Seba Raven Rock
Very good album
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11.10.2019 - 23:33
Rating: 8
Nick Carter
Insomnium has always been that kind of band that I wish I could enjoy more. They are good, but I have never been so much into them. This album has that extra "spice" to get me inside their bandwagon.
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12.10.2019 - 19:03
Rating: 7
cubanmetalguy
Written by Nick Carter on 11.10.2019 at 23:33

Insomnium has always been that kind of band that I wish I could enjoy more. They are good, but I have never been so much into them. This album has that extra "spice" to get me inside their bandwagon.

Same here, except that I'm not getting "the spice" out of this one either.
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12.10.2019 - 23:30
BloodJuNkie
Of Rivia
Surprised this isn't one of the top 200 albums of all times too!
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13.10.2019 - 13:01
Rating: 8
Kuroboshi
Need a few more listens before I put a number to this album, but my first impressions are that the pace is turned down quite a bit, different melodic sense I would say. More depressive, if that is possible... Kind of expanding on the theme that was shown in the last part of Devoid of Caring. It kind of reminds med of Swallow the Sun a bit. I find this album to be very innovative for being Insomnium, but I doubt that I will love it...
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13.10.2019 - 18:32
Rating: 7
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by BloodJuNkie on 12.10.2019 at 23:30

Surprised this isn't one of the top 200 albums of all times too!

Because it's not good enough, maybe?

At present, an average rating of 8.72 is required to rank at least in a bottom position of Metal Storm's top 200, thus this album will most probably never even come close to the top 200 albums of all time.
Rightfully, I'd say.
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13.10.2019 - 22:33
BloodJuNkie
Of Rivia
Written by Starvynth on 13.10.2019 at 18:32

Written by BloodJuNkie on 12.10.2019 at 23:30

Surprised this isn't one of the top 200 albums of all times too!

Because it's not good enough, maybe?

At present, an average rating of 8.72 is required to rank at least in a bottom position of Metal Storm's top 200, thus this album will most probably never even come close to the top 200 albums of all time.
Rightfully, I'd say.


Yeah I was being sarcastic as most of Insomnium albums here are overrated. BTW an innocent question, why isn't Porcupine Tree's 8.8 albums among the top 200? Because they are not metal?
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13.10.2019 - 23:11
Rating: 7
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by BloodJuNkie on 13.10.2019 at 22:33
BTW an innocent question, why isn't Porcupine Tree's 8.8 albums among the top 200? Because they are not metal?

Which one do you mean? In Absentia, Deadwing and Fear Of A Blank Planet - they are right there where they belong.
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14.10.2019 - 01:01
Rating: 9
The Melting Snow
This many melodic riffs in one album, not very common.

every other riff makes you want to pick up the guitar and start playing
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21.10.2019 - 23:49
BloodJuNkie
Of Rivia
Written by Starvynth on 13.10.2019 at 23:11

Written by BloodJuNkie on 13.10.2019 at 22:33
BTW an innocent question, why isn't Porcupine Tree's 8.8 albums among the top 200? Because they are not metal?

Which one do you mean? In Absentia, Deadwing and Fear Of A Blank Planet - they are right there where they belong.


Yeah I meant them, and they are there true I think the website was just bugged that day or something...
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03.11.2019 - 03:34
Crème fraiche
Written by athtar on 09.10.2019 at 07:14

Written by Dark Horizons on 06.10.2019 at 00:27

I understand fanboysm, but... how many metal albums have you listened to give 10 to this? 2?!

Listened to 230+ new albums this year. Is it enough?


How many do you actually recall clearly though?
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30.11.2019 - 22:31
Iamgubbler
Written by Crème fraiche on 03.11.2019 at 03:34

Written by athtar on 09.10.2019 at 07:14

Written by Dark Horizons on 06.10.2019 at 00:27

I understand fanboysm, but... how many metal albums have you listened to give 10 to this? 2?!

Listened to 230+ new albums this year. Is it enough?


How many do you actually recall clearly though?

Do you move goal posts for a living?
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