Release date: 25 April 2014
Style: Melodic death metal

Rating:

8.6 | 529 votes

Owners:

375 have it
85 want it


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

Top 20 albums of 2014: 1

Review
Lyrics (14)


Line-up
Niilo Sevänen - vocals, bass
Ville Friman - guitar, clean 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
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.5
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.

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published 23.04.2014 | Comments (39)

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Daniell - 16.05.2014 at 16:02  
Rating: 6 In a genre that has so little to offer, it's next to impossible to impress the listener with something new. This album does not.
The Paul - 17.05.2014 at 08:36  
Rating: 9 Amazing album. They never seem to dissapoint. Guitarist from Omnium Gatherum really seems to add up something.
IronArkadius666 - 18.05.2014 at 13:21  
Rating: 10 Welcome to Metalstorm, where the staff hate melodic death metal and those who do like it can't form coherent arguments haha.

Anyways, I think I can safely say that I find this to be as good as Weeping World, I just can't seem to get enough of it.
Troy Killjoy - 19.05.2014 at 06:11  
 
Written by IronArkadius666 on 18.05.2014 at 13:21
Welcome to Metalstorm, where the staff hate melodic death metal and those who do like it can't form coherent arguments haha.

Pretty much.
Stunning Cactus - 19.05.2014 at 11:36  
Rating: 8
Written by IronArkadius666 on 18.05.2014 at 13:21

Welcome to Metalstorm, where the staff hate melodic death metal and those who do like it can't form coherent arguments haha.

Anyways, I think I can safely say that I find this to be as good as Weeping World, I just can't seem to get enough of it.


I share the exact same thoughts.
Fallen Ghost - 19.05.2014 at 13:21  
  Pretty amazing that it's still on the top 200 list; I remember when Behemoth - The Satanist came out, it went to the list but it fell out relative quickly, this have been released nearly one month now and it's still there
Wes - 19.05.2014 at 17:01  
Rating: 10 My favorite album by them, pretty awesome.
Troy Killjoy - 19.05.2014 at 17:16  
 
Written by Fallen Ghost on 19.05.2014 at 13:21
Pretty amazing that it's still on the top 200 list; I remember when Behemoth - The Satanist came out, it went to the list but it fell out relative quickly, this have been released nearly one month now and it's still there

That might have something to do with the fact Behemoth is a death metal band whereas Insomnium is a melodic metal band. This album is more accessible and digestible so it's not really surprising that it's still charting.
Fallen Ghost - 19.05.2014 at 17:20  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.05.2014 at 17:16

Written by Fallen Ghost on 19.05.2014 at 13:21
Pretty amazing that it's still on the top 200 list; I remember when Behemoth - The Satanist came out, it went to the list but it fell out relative quickly, this have been released nearly one month now and it's still there

That might have something to do with the fact Behemoth is a death metal band whereas Insomnium is a melodic metal band. This album is more accessible and digestible so it's not really surprising that it's still charting.


Yeah that might be, I just didn't think that it would stay for so long
IronArkadius666 - 20.05.2014 at 02:00  
Rating: 10
Written by Fallen Ghost on 19.05.2014 at 13:21

Pretty amazing that it's still on the top 200 list; I remember when Behemoth - The Satanist came out, it went to the list but it fell out relative quickly, this have been released nearly one month now and it's still there


I think this album might stay in the top ten for this year, OG's Beyond got a similar treatment last year, even making into the top 200 at one point if I remember correctly, and now it's about 7 or 8th place I think for last year. Of course this is only guessing.
LeKiwi - 27.05.2014 at 02:02  
Rating: 7
Written by Fallen Ghost on 19.05.2014 at 17:20

Yeah that might be, I just didn't think that it would stay for so long

Yeah, as much as I love Insomnium, this is ridiculous...
deadone - 27.05.2014 at 02:30  
Rating: 5
Written by LeKiwi on 27.05.2014 at 02:02

Written by Fallen Ghost on 19.05.2014 at 17:20

Yeah that might be, I just didn't think that it would stay for so long

Yeah, as much as I love Insomnium, this is ridiculous...



Not many votes being cast so things will be skewed.

Indeed in 2014 only 3 albums have received more than 200 votes - Epica, Insomnium and Behemoth.


1 Epica - The Quantum Enigma 2014 Studio Symphonic 8.4 239 1 - 29
2 Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun 2014 Studio Melodic Death 8.7 366 1 - 14
3 Behemoth - The Satanist 2014 Studio Death 8.4 445 1 - 9


Only 19 have received over 100 votes.



Compare that to 2013 when 77 albums had over 100 votes and 32 had over 200. (Looking at 2012 it was 101 albums with more than 100 votes and 44 for over 200).



Now I know we're only 5 months into the year and obviously there have been an extra 5 months in 2014 for people to cast votes on 2013 stuff.

However one would expect more votes to be cast overall.


But it's been a quiet start to the year - no truly big bands have released music. Plus I don't know how many people are still active on this forum or how many vote.


(I also think Metal is slowing down in terms of quality releases and interesting stuff - scene seems to be stuck in a rut).
Fallen Ghost - 27.05.2014 at 13:05  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 27.05.2014 at 02:02

Written by Fallen Ghost on 19.05.2014 at 17:20

Yeah that might be, I just didn't think that it would stay for so long

Yeah, as much as I love Insomnium, this is ridiculous...


Don't know if I would call it ridiculous.. IMO Shadows Of The Dying Sun is a great improvement from One For Sorrow! Saw them live in the beginning of this month as well, the new songs were great live
Troy Killjoy - 28.05.2014 at 04:09  
 
Written by deadone on 27.05.2014 at 02:30
(I also think Metal is slowing down in terms of quality releases and interesting stuff - scene seems to be stuck in a rut).

Might be getting a little off-topic but I tend to agree. And for the sake of keeping it on-topic I'll say it's albums like this that make me feel that way. I still listen to metal regularly, but nothing from 2013/2014 has really held my attention (with very few exceptions). It's caused me to branch out more and find other forms of music that interest me more, and thankfully that has helped me uncover some really great artists.

It's bands like Insomnium that have effectively turned me off reviewing and trying out new metal albums on the whole. Not to say I'm judging the entire scene based on a cookie-cutter melodic metal band from Finland, but I'm finding all genres have reached this sort of rut and that kind of bugs me. Everything just feels so "done before".
deadone - 28.05.2014 at 04:37  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2014 at 04:09

Not to say I'm judging the entire scene based on a cookie-cutter melodic metal band from Finland, but I'm finding all genres have reached this sort of rut and that kind of bugs me. Everything just feels so "done before".



Pretty much my thoughts exactly.

There's also a few stylistic trends I am not fond of - over usage of keyboards, over polished sterile production, genericness and general lack of dynamics.

Indeed Insomnium is a great example of all of the above.


And it's not like the old genres are fully exhausted - indeed in the early 2000s there was a big resurgence of traditional old genres with revitalised sound and new ideas bolted on.

But that pool of energy and ingenuity seems exhausted and we're left with the likes of Insomnium.
Dark Forever - 01.06.2014 at 17:23  
Rating: 9 Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see who rated this album with 1. First you have a user named soroush_s8n, registered in 2011, from Iran. But then things get weird. You have another two users, both from Iran, one registered on the 6th of May and the other on the 8th of May, both whose last login was 24 days ago. Now, if I had to place a bet, I'd say that first user created two ghost accounts just to downvote this album and never used them again.
Troy Killjoy - 01.06.2014 at 19:29  
 
Written by Dark Forever on 01.06.2014 at 17:23
Now, if I had to place a bet, I'd say that first user created two ghost accounts just to downvote this album and never used them again.

Your assumption is correct. Votes deleted, accounts banned.
Northern Danger - 02.06.2014 at 18:10  
 
Written by Kraterr on 07.05.2014 at 18:16

If you watch for the album ratings in their first month, you're going to have a bad time.

Chill out the 8.7 will drop in time with more votes coming in.

Is that some kind of wish? Rating is still 8,7.
IceMole - 03.06.2014 at 02:04  
Rating: 10
Written by Dark Forever on 01.06.2014 at 17:23

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see who rated this album with 1. First you have a user named soroush_s8n, registered in 2011, from Iran. But then things get weird. You have another two users, both from Iran, one registered on the 6th of May and the other on the 8th of May, both whose last login was 24 days ago. Now, if I had to place a bet, I'd say that first user created two ghost accounts just to downvote this album and never used them again.


Yes, there are some clueless guys out there who want to push "their band" to No. 1 of 2014, so everything else is pure shit. Look at the ratings of all of his accounts. But - fortunately - it becomes more meaningless every day as more ratings are coming in
Update: I just have seen that he deleted his votes. By the way, there are many people who have an average voting score of about 2 and I wonder wether they are in the right genre here.
Troy Killjoy - 03.06.2014 at 02:24  
  Does anyone remember a time when users on this site actually discussed the music and not just the goddamn ratings of an album? Would you rather we just remove the voting system altogether?
Dima - 03.06.2014 at 03:34  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.06.2014 at 02:24

Does anyone remember a time when users on this site actually discussed the music and not just the goddamn ratings of an album? Would you rather we just remove the voting system altogether?


If you want the site to receive less traffic then sure lel
deadone - 03.06.2014 at 03:39  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.06.2014 at 02:24

Would you rather we just remove the voting system altogether?



Do it!

Really, we should be discussing the music and not the rating.
Fallen Ghost - 09.06.2014 at 14:46  
  I haven't listened properly to this yet actually.. Because my CD will never arrive in the mail.. Want to listen to it when I have the physical copy, so I'll just wait..!
Panzerfrost - 11.06.2014 at 08:32  
Rating: 9 This band has got a really unique sound! I really don't know whether it is correct to name this album as the band's best one... But this album is perfect too! It is necessary just to enjoy it!
Wonderful riffs and vocals!
Stoned Crow - 16.06.2014 at 11:44  
  I'm for getting rid of the rating system. Fuck em all: 1 to 10; A to F, it's all bullshit.
Ace Frawley - 16.06.2014 at 13:32  
 
Written by Stoned Crow on 16.06.2014 at 11:44

I'm for getting rid of the rating system. Fuck em all: 1 to 10; A to F, it's all bullshit.


I like the rating system - it's one of the more appealing aspects of the site, for mine. Just ignore it if you don't like it.
MelancholiaC - 16.06.2014 at 19:50  
Rating: 5 While the voting system definitely isn't perfect, it does give some deserving bands more exposure - I personally have discovered quite a few bands solely through the top rated lists on this site, so on the whole I don't have too much complaint.

On the other hand, it does have the side effect of becoming a popularity contest (as I think it has in this case... Insomnium has become way too formulaic to the point that I can barely distinguish one album/song from the next - I got so tired of this album that I had to pause it halfway through the first spin and listen to something else then come back later). But I wouldn't get rid of ratings entirely - maybe we could add 0.5 points? I often feel I really want to rate 8.5/7.5 on an album.

But yeah, constant arguing over "mirror, mirror on the wall - who's got the highest average of them all?" gets very boring and irritating. So Stop it, people.
Ag Fox - 16.06.2014 at 21:52  
Rating: 7 Had it not been the rating system, I wouldn't have been able to expand my musical tastes. Knowing how most people on MS vote, just take it with a grain of salt, especially when there are very little votes. Plus, you can track individual user's votes, which is useful if you know who has similar tastes as you (=

As for the album. I found it decent and quite enjoyable when listening to it, but a bit too easy and ultimately, not memorable. There are other better melodic death albums that I can listen to
Fallen Ghost - 17.06.2014 at 14:10  
 
Written by MelancholiaC on 16.06.2014 at 19:50
maybe we could add 0.5 points? I often feel I really want to rate 8.5/7.5 on an album.


That would be a great idea actually!

With my luck, I still have got this CD and haven't listened to it properly yet. Fingers crossed for arriving today..! Of what I have heard from the album, I like how they evolved from One For Sorrow. The production is better, some of the songs are somewhat unexpected, and it's a more experimental feel over it (for an Insomnium album that is)
Malaghost - 20.06.2014 at 09:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Ag Fox on 16.06.2014 at 21:52

Had it not been the rating system, I wouldn't have been able to expand my musical tastes. Knowing how most people on MS vote, just take it with a grain of salt, especially when there are very little votes. Plus, you can track individual user's votes, which is useful if you know who has similar tastes as you (=

As for the album. I found it decent and quite enjoyable when listening to it, but a bit too easy and ultimately, not memorable. There are other better melodic death albums that I can listen to


Which ones please? I am really in need of some fresh melodeath
Troy Killjoy - 20.06.2014 at 09:35  
 
Written by Malaghost on 20.06.2014 at 09:30
fresh melodeath

What's that?
RavenEffect - 20.06.2014 at 12:14  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.06.2014 at 09:35

Written by Malaghost on 20.06.2014 at 09:30
fresh melodeath

What's that?


New med for a sore throat
Ag Fox - 20.06.2014 at 16:45  
Rating: 7
Written by Malaghost on 20.06.2014 at 09:30

Written by Ag Fox on 16.06.2014 at 21:52

Had it not been the rating system, I wouldn't have been able to expand my musical tastes. Knowing how most people on MS vote, just take it with a grain of salt, especially when there are very little votes. Plus, you can track individual user's votes, which is useful if you know who has similar tastes as you (=

As for the album. I found it decent and quite enjoyable when listening to it, but a bit too easy and ultimately, not memorable. There are other better melodic death albums that I can listen to


Which ones please? I am really in need of some fresh melodeath
Assuming you've checked out the classics like Mors Principium Est's Unborn and Edge Of Sanity's Crimson I & II. I'll list some recent ones that I remember on top of my head
this year: Words Of Farewell
2012: Bloodshot Dawn, Elysian, Kälter
2011: Hedon Cries, November's Doom, The Project Hate MCMXCIX

I wasn't really around last year, so I can't comment on 2013
Malaghost - 21.06.2014 at 00:28  
Rating: 9
Quote:
Assuming you've checked out the classics like Mors Principium Est's Unborn and Edge Of Sanity's Crimson I & II. I'll list some recent ones that I remember on top of my head
this year: Words Of Farewell
2012: Bloodshot Dawn, Elysian, Kälter
2011: Hedon Cries, November's Doom, The Project Hate MCMXCIX

I wasn't really around last year, so I can't comment on 2013


Cheers for tips, will check em out

Fo rest reacting I have this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY0Qjx5K53o
garmling - 21.06.2014 at 13:47  
Rating: 7 Since I don't like melodic death metal (exc. old InFlames and At The Gates), this is quite nice, but too predictable..... Tried and tested Finish formula and it's very close to pop music, which is the same thing that bothers me about any Finish band. Everything is so synthetic and overproduced (even Shade Empire, which I like), so I got the feeling they are all going safe.... Anyway, this is just OK, nothing more...
Himedal - 28.06.2014 at 17:48  
Rating: 9 I can tell this is the best album from them. they have developed their own style in melodic death with creativity. production is also good and what is more important is the vocal. I couldn't hear a damn thing in the previous albums but in this one, I can hear the vocals, good grief..!
Reaper_Redeamer - 12.07.2014 at 01:59  
Rating: 7 I am crying with the comments I read
Regolith - 21.08.2014 at 03:10  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.06.2014 at 02:24

Does anyone remember a time when users on this site actually discussed the music and not just the goddamn ratings of an album? Would you rather we just remove the voting system altogether?


Lol! You know, personally I think the public ratings are useful. Due to the fact that everyone wants to voice their opinions you can count on public ratings to be at least a ballpark for what people think of an album. But as for removing individual ratings that may not be a bad idea. Or, maybe instead of the individual reviewers rating showing up in big bold numbers next to the album (especially from the home page!) the rating could be shown in smaller, not-that-important style format towards the bottom of a review. Mmm, mmm?
Regolith - 21.08.2014 at 03:18  
Rating: 7 I can't keep the disc in my player for more than half/one song at a time in order to actually see if it gets better over time. But so far it just seems too all-the-same for me. Not enough different textures between the songs. They seem like a good band, technically speaking, but they just fail to keep me drawn to the music. I just keep going back to Fleshgod's latest. For me that album is getting better with each listen.

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