Insomnium Premiere New Song “The Witch Hunter”

Insomnium have premiered a new song titled “The Witch Hunter.” This track is from the band’s band’s new album “Anno 1696,” which will be released on February 24.

Guitarist Markus Vanhala commented:

“This is a good example of a song growing and finding its own wings during the studio process. This one definitely has a cinematic feel; the storyline needs the essence of journey moving forward. In fact, I made a Finnish vocal demo for this one, reading and screaming Niilo‘s storyline, but only the name stayed and translated from ‘Noidanmetsästäjä’ to English. But that’s another story and a secret version never to be found by ‘outsiders’… :)”

Bassist/vocalist Niilo Sevänen continued:

“This is Markus Vanhala‘s composition; it actually does not really sound like the archetypal Insomnium song and has some very interesting elements. One of the songs that improved the most in the studio in my opinion – and became one of the singles. Lyrically it continues to tell the story from the Witch Hunter’s point of view.”

Guitarist Ville Friman added:

“For me, this song has a really strong cinematic feel to it, and I can easily travel into the story in my head when I close my eyes.”

Insomnium Share Music Video For “White Christ” Featuring Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis

Insomnium have premiered a new video for their new song “White Christ.” This track features Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis and it will appear on the band’s new album “Anno 1696,” which is set to be released on February 24.

Guitarist Markus Vanhala commented:

“Heavy & hypnotic! A very Rotting Christ-influenced song, and it was insane that in the end Sakis of Rotting Christ ended up being featured on the song as a vocalist. Can’t wait to see people raise their fists at concerts for this banger.”

Bassist/vocalist Niilo Sevänen continued:

“This is Markus Vanhala‘s composition and maybe the heaviest song on the album. Great to have Sakis from Rotting Christ on this track too. Lyrically it is about the mindset of the main antagonist of the story and the religious fervor.”

Guitarist Ville Friman added:

“A really catchy and heavy song. Also a new type of Insomnium song we have not had before on any previous albums.”

Enslaved And Insomnium Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Enslaved and Insomnium have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Black Anvil will open.

Tour Dates:

04/05 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04/06 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
04/07 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/08 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
04/10 April Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall
04/11 April Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
04/12 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
04/14 Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
04/15 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
04/17 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
04/18 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw
04/19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/21 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
04/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
04/23 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
04/25 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
04/26 Dallas, TX – The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
04/28 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
04/29 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
04/30 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

Insomnium To Release New Album “Anno 1696” In February, Premiere “Lilian” Music Video

Insomnium have revealed the details for their new album “Anno 1696.” The effort will be released on February 24 and the cover art and track listing for it can be found below:

“Anno 1696” Track Listing:

01. “1696”
02. “White Christ” (feat. Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis)
03. “Godforsaken” (feat. Johanna Kurkela)
04. “Lilian”
05. “Starless Paths”
06. “The Witch Hunter”
07. “The Unrest”
08. “The Rapids”

The following was said about the record in press release:

“‘Anno 1696‘ is a gateway into another world. This time around, Insomnium tells us a tale based on a short story by Niilo Sevänen (bass/vocals), woven with sorrow and the last crumbling vestiges of hope, plus wrath and morbid lullabies. Welcome to 1696. Welcome to hell. This is an age of unrest. The age of great famine in the North.

The witch hunt is in full swing all across Europe and the gruesome witch trials have even reached the remote and majestic landscapes of Finland and Sweden. ‘The Torsåker witch trials were a horrible source of nightmarish inspiration,’ Sevänen says of his ghastly muse. ‘All that talk about 70 women beheaded in this small Swedish parish? It’s real stuff from history!’ he groans. ‘And as if that weren’t enough, there are also some very dark tales of cannibalism and child murder from the years of the great famine.’ Stories don’t get any more metal than this.”

Notably, select editions of the album will also include a new EP titled “Songs Of The Dusk.” That effort will feature three songs including: “Flowers Of The Night,” “Stained In Red,” and “Song Of The Dusk.” Niilo Sevänen said the following about those:

“We simply had eleven great songs, and we thought that this material is too good to be ‘just’ bonus tracks. They are part of the big story, so you can think of them as the director’s cut material that tells a little extra. For those who want to have more.”

The first single from “Anno 1696” is titled “Lilian” and a music video for it can be found below. Markus Vanhala said the following about that track:

“‘Lilian‘ is probably the most traditional Insomnium hit song on the album – and an easy starter as single – before the heavier main course comes in. It shows the lighter shade of the album, before all hope leaves.”

Sevänen continued:

“This is Ville‘s composition, and it has some of that old Insomnium feel in it. Felt like a video-song from the start. Lyrically, it tells how the tragic couple in the story met each other in the first place.”

Ville Friman added:

“One of the first songs to emerge during the pandemic era. It has this old Insomnium vibe and tonality that I tend to steer towards every time I pick up the guitar.”

Insomnium Cancel Fall European Tour

Insomnium have cancelled their fall European tour “due to personal reasons.” The band commented:

“Dear Fans, We were looking forward to hitting the road again next month together with our brother in OG. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, we are forced to cancel the tour and take a break for a couple of months to re-group. We were excited to be back on stage but this will take a little longer than expected. Ticket will be refunded and point of purchase! We can’t wait to see you again next year. Love, Insomnium“

Insomnium Premiere “The Wanderer” Video

Insomnium have premiered a new video for their new song “The Wanderer.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Argent Moon,” which was released today (September 17). Frontman Niilo Sevänen commented:

“‘The Wanderer‘ is the fourth and final song on our ‘Argent Moon‘ EP. Composition by Markus Vanhala‘ and lyrics by yours truly. Our goal on this EP was to try a bit different kind of songs and in this sense I believe ‘The Wanderer‘ excels. I don’t think it really resembles any other song we have done before, yet it still sounds like Insomnium. The video was shot on Suomenlinna fortress island in Helsinki.”

Insomnium Premiere “The Antagonist” Video

Insomnium have premiered a new video for their new song “The Antagonist.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Argent Moon.” That effort will be released on September 17 and it will also feature: “The Conjurer,” “The Reticent“, and “The Wanderer.”

Niilo Sevänen commented:

“When the Corona outbreak forced us to cancel all the tours and shows, we pretty soon adopted a mindset that we better do something and keep ourselves in motion. We wanted to try how the streaming shows might work. We wanted to see what kind of new music might grow in the darkness and misery of the quarantine.

And soon these vibes were channeled into songs that came to be the ‘Argent Moon‘ EP. We wanted to try something a bit different so all the four songs on this release represent the softer side of Insomnium. The ballads and the mellow tunes. Acoustic guitars and clean vocals. The sorrow and agony that creeps into your heart when the nights grow longer. But fear not, we haven’t changed our style. Next album will be something different again. We used all the ballad ideas here so maybe it will be pure blast beats. We shall see.

The ‘The Antagonist‘ video is something new and fresh too, since we worked with director & mastermind Ville Lipiäinen for the first time ever. The result is a bit different kind of Insomnium montage.”

Insomnium Premiere “The Reticent” Music Video

Insomnium have premiered a new video for their new single “The Reticent.” Ville Friman commented:

“The past year has been a difficult one. People have lost their loved ones, jobs and livelihoods. Hope has been replaced by fear, anxiety and uncertainty. We have all been forced to live our lives in isolation, detached both physically and mentally. This song is about all those feelings. An inner dialogue of hope and hopelessness. During this time, music has been a source of comfort and solace. Something to rely on and return to. And while we have become withdrawn and reticent, our music tolls now ever stronger.”

Insomnium To Perform “Shadows Of The Dying Sun” In Full During April Livestream Show

Insomnium will be performing “Shadows Of The Dying Sun” in full during a livestream show on April 24. Tickets can be purchased HERE. Niilo Sevänen commented:

“The fans have spoken, and we shall deliver. Our friends from all over the world voted actively in our album poll and the results are clear: The number one fan-favorite Insomnium album of all time is ‘Shadows of the Dying Sun‘. So we shall give you… ‘The Shadows Stream‘. We will play the entire album and then some more. With all the chit-chat the show will last something like 80 minutes. We are sure that we are going to deliver a killer stream for all you people out there, wherever you are. So join us on Saturday 24th April, open a beer or two, and let the music flow! See you soon, friends!”