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Insomnium – One For Sorrow

Label: Century Media
Format: CD
Released: 2011
Reviewed By: Connie Payton
Rating: 9/ 10

Just as in previous album "Across The Dark", this album starts out with a short, mostly instrumental track that sets the mood for what is to come – starting ever so softly, then slowly building before hitting its climax following softly spoken words, and flowing seamlessly into the following track. Another thing in common is the use of some clean vocals in a few of the songs, which I feel just adds to the complexities of the album.


If there is one song of the bunch that exemplifies Insomnium, it’s the title track. With Ville Friman’s clean vocals over Niilo Sevänen’s deep vocals, you can’t help but take notice of the lyrics as they sing:
"It was always one for sorrow
Never one for love
Two souls set for departure
Before the nightfall."

What I love about Insomnium’s music is their ability to take the listener on a rollercoaster ride – from the aggression in heavy, hangbanging passages to near tears in beautifully written melodic passages all in the course of one song – and it never gets old.

The melo-death Finns have once again written an album every bit as heavy, thoughtful, technical, riffing, melodic, and simply beautiful as the previous one. Give it several proper listens; you won’t be disappointed.

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