Insomnium was formed in a small town of Joensuu in eastern Finland in 1997 by metalhead schoolmates Niilo Sevänen, Ville Friman and Markus Hirvonen. Drawing inspiration from the blooming Scandinavian melodic death metal scene of the 90’s the young band soon found its own unique way of combining melancholy and fierceness with multifaceted lyrics.
From those days the only direction for Insomnium was to go steadily up and forward: album by album – from their 2002 debut In the Halls Of Awaiting via Since The Day It All Came Down (2004), Above The Weeping World (2006) and Across The Dark (2009) through to their Century Media debut One for Sorrow (2011) – also introducing Markus Vanhala as the new fourth member. And tour by tour the passionate musicians edged their way to the very top of the scene and have by now become the spearhead of melodic death metal made in Finland.
After their most successful album to date, Shadows of the Dying Sun (2014), the band wanted to challenge themselves and create something different; something that no one had done before. They forged a bold concept album Winter’s Gate (2016) which was based on an award-winning short story by Niilo Sevänen. The album consists of one epic 40 minute song and a book that has the story in English, Finnish and German. Musically it’s a meandering path into the dark that has also elements from progressive, doom and black metal, all woven to one captivating opus; their crowning achievement.