Release date: 25 April 2014
Style: Melodic death metal


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Disc I
01. The Primeval Dark
02. While We Sleep
03. Revelation
04. Black Heart Rebellion
05. Lose To Night
06. Collapsing Words
07. The River
08. Ephemeral
09. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun

Disc II
01. Out To The Sea
02. The Emergence
03. The Swarm
04. The Descent

The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album Of 2014
Top 20 albums of 2014: 3

Lyrics (14)

Niilo Sevänen - vocals, bass
Ville Friman - guitars, vocals
Markus Vanhala - guitar
Markus Hirvonen - drums

Session musicians
Aleksi Munter - keyboards

Additional info
Recorded at Studio Korkeakoski.
Drums recorded at Studio SF Sound.

Mixed at Fascination Street Studios.
Mastered at Chartmakers.

Track 2-4 on the second disc comes from the band's 2013 EP, Ephemeral.

Release dates:
April 25 - FIN/GER/SWI/AUT
April 28 - Rest of EU and AU/NZ
April 29 - North America

Staff review by

With Insomnium no longer having the service of guitarist Ville Vänni and his replacement by Markus Vanhala, the lead guitarist of Omnium Gatherum, Shadows Of The Dying Sun presents the possibility of a merging of the titans, so to speak. However, their sixth full length studio effort is no less Insomnium in style and execution than what preceded it, which means we're granted yet another excellent album from this premier melodic death metal band.

published 23.04.2014 | Comments (39)

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Kuroboshi - 28.12.2014 at 10:27  
Rating: 8 I found this album to be very uplifting, and not depressive at all. If you want depressive Insomnium, listen to AtWW.
AssailantForce - 03.01.2015 at 17:33  
Rating: 9
Written by deadone on 25.09.2014 at 03:11


Because it's stale and nothing new is happening to the genre. They're not even doing good song writing for most part unlike the older bands in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

I find this remark very vague. (regardless hypocritical which I elaborate in the next point below)
Blood Shot Dawn - Mildy proggy death metal with, expolosive riffs, sharp vocals laden with gotenburg melodies sparingly. Innovative song writing overall.
Sylosis - evolving sound, with consistent thrash influence, keys atmosphere, innovative song writing, extremely tasteful melodies.
Allegaeon - Again innovative. technical death, extremely dynamic, melodic hooks. (It's you're issue if you don't like the sound.)
I can throw in a few more, but I'm just sceptical if its really worth the effort.


I like my melodic DM to be punchy, dynamic with lots of memorable hooks - basically Death Metal version of Iron Maiden (which is kind of how the genre came about). I can't stand moody, depressing shit without any uniqueness or sense of dynamicness or stand out song writing - this IMO is exactly how I would describe Insomnium including this new album.
Just my $0.02.

I find following things questionable with this concluding stand.

1. You are criticising melodic death metal bands for being generic while you yourself are defining a generic boundaries within which you like your dose of melodic death metal.
2. Carcass's new effort was very enjoyable. But personally I can separate the straight up thrash metal from the decent melodic death parts, regardless of the continuity. So while it is enjoyable, punchy with straight up unpolished vocals, it is still generic to the detail.
3. It is very clear that, that you don't mind generic metal. But only the ones that suite your taste. However you try to put it, ultimately you are just bashing good melodic death metal bands like Insomnium which don't fit your bill. When you call them 'shit' or whatever, just know, it was not "necessary" and such derogatory hateful remarks belong outside these forums if I just now read the rules correctly.

Good day.
AssailantForce - 07.01.2015 at 10:11  
Rating: 9
Written by deadone on 06.01.2015 at 01:35

Thanks for suggesations. Sylosis keeps popping up which makes me curious.

You're welcome.


I've stated reasons why I don't like Insomnium. I am entitled to my opinions as you are to yours. I can't help it if you get offended by someone elses opinions.

Fair enough.. And where as the offence is concerned, ofc you needn't worry about users. I only highlighted something you said that offends the website's posting policy.. I felt that was a reasonable concern we should help ourselves to.
mechathulu - 19.01.2015 at 06:52  
Rating: 10 Something about this album really "stuck" with me. Easily my favorite album of 2014.
AlexanderTG - 09.02.2015 at 05:23  
Rating: 6 Mediocre at best rather listen to Amon Amarth any day
Kuroboshi - 10.05.2015 at 06:47  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 06.01.2015 at 01:35

I don't find Carcass generic at all though some of their songs are generic Carcass numbers. Carcass have their own sound that's instantly recognisable unlike the many bands that have come out since the mid-1990s that often just aped At The Gates or whatever. And I don't hear their own sound in Insomnium. It sounds like a lot of other modern melodic DM.

I've stated reasons why I don't like Insomnium. I am entitled to my opinions as you are to yours. I can't help it if you get offended by someone elses opinions.

I just saw Insomnium live yesterday, and although most of their songs are pretty samey, they are good live. Seeing them live might change your opinion.

Also, some suggestions that surprisingly didn't show up above.

In Mourning (very consistent and catchy, even though the last was a bit weaker), Avatar (First three, last two sucks), Baht (Very very good), Daath (a bit run-of-the-mill perhaps, but enjoyable), Deathember (Highly recommended, more thrashy though, I guess), Enthrope, In Vain (Please listen to these guys, highly inventive style), MyGrain (Split up a while ago though...)
errorcode99 - 29.09.2015 at 03:18  
Rating: 10 I like it so much more than the previous one! This is already my favorite Insomnium album.

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