15 July 2011
Insomnium: announce new album release and European headline tour!
Finland is an evocative land. The very mention of it conjures visions of endless darkness, long, cold wintery nights and an almost oppressive bleakness. It is within this icy cauldron that the soul of INSOMNIUM was born. Their music is as epic as it is melodic, as melancholic as it is majestic and as brutal as it is beautiful. To call INSOMNIUM a Death Metal band is to do them a grave disservice. The upcoming album “One for Sorrow” is such an amalgamation of styles that pigeonholing them into a single category would be to rob the band of its true complexity and ignore the very essence of its sound. Recalling art-metal titans Cult of Luna at one turn and brutal visionaries Amon Amarth at others, “One for Sorrow” displays the true musical breadth of a band that has clearly come into its own on this, their debut album for Century Media. “One For Sorrow” will be released on October 12th in Finland, October 17th in the rest of Europe and October 18th in North America.
Guitarist Ville Friman comments on the album title, “The name "One for Sorrow" comes from a traditional children’s nursery rhyme. There are ten different scenarios in the original rhyme; likewise there are ten different songs and stories on our album. I think “One for Sorrow” truly depicts what this album is all about: bereavement, grief and loss.”
Right after the Finland tour INSOMNIUM will tour Europe. Ville Friman comments: “We are very excited to finally do a headline tour for the first time in our career. This is a really big step for us and we will definitely bring our A-game. The new songs absolutely kill and we can’t wait to play them live! It’s also great to share this opportunity with two great Finnish bands Before the Dawn and Mygrain. Don’t miss the fun and consider your livers warned: hangover unavoidable."
Vocalist Niilo Sevänen continues: "One for Sorrow is a truly epic album and the tour will surely be immense! We get to visit many of our favourite cities and meet the fans who have long waited for an Insomnium headlining show. From London to Ljubljana, we are looking forward to see you all!"
04.11.2011 Finland Joensuu Kerubi
05.11.2011 Finland Helsinki Nosturi
One For Sorrow European Tour 2011
w/ Before The Dawn and My Grain:
14.11.11 Holland Rotterdam Baroeg
15.11.11 UK London Underworld
16.11.11 Belgium Antwerpen Trix
17.11.11 Switzerland Aarau Kiff
18.11.11 Slovenia Ljubljana Gala Hala
19.11.11 Austria Wien Arena
20.11.11 Czech Rep Prague Exit Chmelnice
21.11.11 Germany München Feierwerk
22.11.11 Germany Würzburg Posthalle
23.11.11 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
24.11.11 Germany Leipzig Conne Island
25.11.11 Germany Hamburg Markthalle Marx
26.11.11 Germany Essen Turock
27.11.11 Germany Berlin Comet
Tickets will be available next Monday, July 18th, 2011
Formed in 1997 in the town of Joensuu, in Eastern Finland, INSOMNIUM released two demos that led to a deal with UK label Candlelight Records. Founding members Markus Hirvonen (drums), Ville Friman (guitars) and Niilo Sevänen (vocals and bass) added guitarist Ville Vänni to the band for the release of their Candlelight debut in 2001. Throughout the following decade, the band went on to release four more highly acclaimed albums, the most recent of which, 2009’s Across the Dark, entered the Finnish album charts at #5. Along the way, they picked up a couple of awards in their homeland for Best Band and Best Album.
In the spring of 2011, INSOMNIUM entered the studio to record what would become “One for Sorrow”. While drums, bass, keyboards and vocals were recorded in Finland and guitars in Gothenburg, Sweden, the album has a remarkable cohesiveness and clarity of sound.