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Review: Insomnium - One for Sorrow
One for Sorrow

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 53:07
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 6, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
Readers Rating
One for Sorrow

Rated 4/5 (80%) (20 Votes)

Incredibly power melodic heavy metal is offered by the new Insomnium album. The passages of the album glimmer with a sheen of pure metal might and strength. What separates this release from so many generic ones in the melodic death metal genre is that it doesn't have a cheesy aspect to it at all, but rather jumps forth with a heavy purity that is almost impossible to top. A notable folk element is to be found as well, but it's implemented in a more convincing manner than what Suidarkra does, for example.

All of the songs have a memorable aspect to them, but still carry for the might of a giant, much in the same way recent material by the band Omnium Gatherum has done. The track "Unsung" is one that stands out nicely from the pack, however. On the whole, there is a bit of sameness to the tracks, however, which prevents the album from being completely outstanding. This slight lack of variety is made up for by the quality of the music. Insomnium is a band that elevates the melodic death metal genre as seen from not only this album, but also their back catalogue as well. The ability to craft songs into what sounds like an almost classical movement within a more accessible overall frame makes for an interesting sound. And vocals that are of the growl type add to the power of the album as a whole.

One for Sorrow is an album that must be heard if you have even a passing interest in the melodic death metal genre.

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