Insania - Biography


Insania was founded in 1992 by two guys: Mikko Korsbäck (drums) and Henrik Juhano (guitar). The goal was to write and play music in the vein of Helloween, Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian. Henrik had earlier played in various garage bands. In the band was also bassist Tomas Stolt, who left the band after a short while, to play in with other acts, but returned in 1996 and has been with the band since. Mikko knew a guy from school whose name was Niklas Dahlin, and he became the second guitarist of the band. After keyboardist Patrik, Västilä and vocalist David Henriksson from the northern parts of Sweden had joined - (Mikko had earlier handled the vocals, but wanted to concentrate on the drums from now on, since singing had become to tiresome) - the line-up was complete.

The first studio album (after having released two demos) was released in 1999, and was called World Of Ice. One year later, the second album Sunrise In Riverland was released. The album was recorded in Finnvox studios with renowned producer Mikko Karmila. After the release, several gigs followed in Sweden. In 2001, after a short tour with Saxon, David Henriksson decided to leave the band and return to his hometown in northern Sweden, since he did not feel any motivation to continue anymore. After a short search, the band found a new and very talented singer in Ola Halén from Nacka. Returning to Finland, the band started recording their third album. Mikko Karmila was once again recruited for the producing duties, and Fantasy - A New Dimension was released in February 2003 almost half a year after the recordings.

At the end of 2002 came the next hard blow: Keyboard magician Patrik Västilä told the band he wanted to quit, to focus on his studies. The band found a new keyboardist in Dimitri Keiski, who was recommended by Ola Halén, who knew him since earlier. As if the band hadn't faced enough challenges, shortly thereafter, both guitarists Henrik Juhano and Niklas Dahlin left the band for personal reasons. Was a future for the band really possible now? Luckily, yes. The thirty-one year old Peter Östros from Haninge (suburb of Stockholm) picked up the left over guitar, let his fingers fly over the strings, and Insania had a new guitarist. It was decided to continue with only one guitarist, so as to give more space to the keyboards. A new album, Agony - Gift Of Life was released in Jaunary 2007, showcasing the abilities of the new line-up regarding the composing of songs and the versatility of musical skills. No one knows what the future holds for the band, but no matter what, it's going to be melodic. To be continued...