|Review: Insomnium - Across the Dark|
|Across the Dark|
Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: October 3, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Across the Dark
Rated 4/5 (80%) (19 Votes)
Well, this turned out to be better than I expected. As much as I couldn't get enough 8-9 years ago, nowadays I tend to run in the other direction when I see the mention "Melodic Death Metal." Across the Dark actually sounds fresh and somewhat original, which is a feat in a genre that quickly became over-saturated. The band mixes the upbeat, almost "happy Power Metal-ish" Gothenburg-inspired sound with an almost equal dose of Doom – or I should say they mix in a doomy atmosphere, for this is not Doom Metal at all – but you do get that little Doom feeling while listening to the album. This alternates between upbeat and somewhat sad, sorrowful at times – these parts of course played at a rather slow pace and with a healthy dose of heaviness for additional effect.
The vocals are the expected "light growls" associated with the genre, but again Insomnium flirt a little bit with Doom, the vocalist often reminding me a little of the vocals from Mourning Beloveth (take this with a grain of salt – I haven't listened to these guys in years, but this is what instantly came to mind ) When accompanying the more quiet passages, the marriage of music and vocals is downright sublime, just flowing along flawlessly. Great stuff.
Atmospheric Melodic Death Metal with a doomy vibe, Insomnium sure have something good going on for them here, setting them apart in a very crowded genre. It's not an album that'll rock your world – it's actually pretty relaxing and, if I dare say, "beautiful" in some ways. If, like me, you had given up on the genre, this might just be the cure you didn't know you were waiting for.
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