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Reign as dominant melo-death band: cont'd - 99%

Ozzymandias, June 24th, 2012

Since the release of their first full length album, In the Halls of Awaiting, Insomnium were considered one of the best names in melodic death metal. But since the release of Above The Weeping World, they've pretty much dominated the genre, and for damn good reason. They seem to be one of the few bands who actually focus on the word "MELODIC" in the melodic death metal, especially in this album.

Their riffs in songs like Through the Shadows, Regain the Fire, Unsung and Song of the Blackest Bird are simply exemplary. Their lyrics continue to prove that poetry is not a dead art in the modern world, and their vocal variation delivers their art flawlessly. Each song seems to have it's own element that forbids you from even looking at the "skip" button. In under an hour, One for Sorrow tells more tales and is more entertaining than some of the best films released in all of time.

"Inertia", in under 4 minutes, achieves something 20 minutes of Opeth's "Black Rose Immortal" couldn't; a spiritual journey to Zen and back. Each line in the lyrics feels like the Gods whispering in your ear. The gentle build-up of the song is exactly what one needs to prepare them for the upcoming brilliance of the album. Then, "Through the Shadows" and "Regain the Fire", both not bothering with a crescendo, getting right to the point, send warm chills all up and down your spine. The chorus in both the songs, a beautiful blend of clean and harsh vocals, with adventurous drumming and guitars in the background. The ending of the songs make you wish it didn't have to end, and then make you smile as you replay the song and the journey begins all over again.

The instrumental song in the album, "Decoherence" is the deep breath you take as you surface from the dive in the crystal crisp waters of true melo-death. A short slow relief to calm you from the overwhelming power of Insomnium, clearing your head, also serving as a gentle reminder of the Angels who'd just held a personal concert in your mind. And then, 3 minutes later, you dive right back into the waters and realise the potential human beings have, if they just submit to using all their efforts, to actually create something that they themselves would also enjoy.

The last song on the album, "One for Sorrow" is their little cherry on top of the cake. The gentle intro, absolutely perfect to set the mood and theme of the song, the lead guitars acting as the musical equivalent of the lyrics, creating the very soul of the song. This song is proof enough that to create a depressing environment, you don't need low pitch acoustic guitars and somebody sitting and singing in a deep voice.

A gentle start to the album, a killer body, and a perfect ending; "One For Sorrow" is the blueprint to create a fantastic album that connects with you spiritually and physically. The lyrics, poetic. The music, harmonic. The vocals, angelic. The result of natural talent, something this band seems to have an excess of, and pure effort, something Insomnium are clearly bothered to put in. Simply a wonderful album, recommended for anybody and everybody. This is one album you need to listen to before you die.