Insomnium - In The Halls Of Awaiting

8.4 | 438 votes |
Release date: 2002
Style: Melodic death metal


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01. Ill-Starred Son
02. Song Of The Storm
03. Medeia
04. Dying Chant
05. The Elder
06. Black Waters
07. Shades Of Deep Green
08. The Bitter End
09. Journey Unknown
10. In The Halls Of Awaiting

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Insomnium fans have it easy. Not only does their band manage to excel with every subsequent release, they also had it all together from the very start. All the brilliance of their later records is not merely hinted in their debut, it is fully carried out.

For starters - have we heard this before? Of course. A majority of the songs on the album have a structure similar to one that made Dark Tranquillity famous back in mid-90s: make the verses brutal, fire a myriad with death metal riffs with a strong emphasis on melody between them and complete it with very technical drumming and nifty acoustic passages. But this formula is like basic cookie dough and a good cook can improve it in various ways to make it spark interest and be different from the starting product. In The Halls Of Awaiting is set apart from similar releases by the mood of the melodies, which are always intense and in the pitch black part of the emotion spectrum. Think somewhere between Sentenced and modern age Amorphis - refined anguish meets experience and playful imagination. Ville Friman surely deserves a ten for his riffing on this effort, and so do Hirvonen and Sevänen for underlining it with awesome rhythm. Niilo Sevänen's also responsible for delivering ferocious growls and haunting whispers.

published 23.09.2011 | Comments (13)

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06.10.2010 - 15:51
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Very good album, not a single bad song...abundance of catchy, early In Flames-inspired riffs and great acoustic interludes in between...the production is a bit on the down side, otherwise I would have rated it higher. Nonetheless, a worthy release...
15.01.2012 - 19:21
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Great album, a very pleasant surprise for me; one of the best albums I've heard lately.
20.08.2014 - 21:31
Rating: 8
Dr. Strawberry
I didn't like this before, now I knew that because I didn't really sit down quietly to appreciate this album...
listen to the guitars' riffs...shit...really amazing. An album that very easy to be overlooked. The best album of Insomnium, second track is the only weakest, the rest are very good especially Black Water is the best.
10.03.2016 - 22:53
Rating: 9
Cyborg Raptor
Very raw compared to the rest of their stuff but damn, almost every track stands out which can't be said for any other album they've done.
pewpew.. gotcha

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