Insomnium Welcome Guitarist Jani Liimatainen To The Band, Reveal Details For New Album “Heart Like A Grave”

Insomnium have officially welcomed Jani Liimatainen to the band as their permanent guitarist. With this news, the band have also revealed the details for their new album “Heart Like A Grave,“ which will be released on October 4.

The group said the following about Liimatainen’s addition:

“In 2018 it became apparent that Ville could not combine the heavy touring anymore with his another career as a lecturer in York university. Hence, we decided that a third guitarist was needed to get the machinery running properly. We did not have to look far, since Jani Liimatainen had already been a live guitarist on several tours. And since this dude is amazing musician, vocalist, songwriter and all-round nice guy the decision was really a no-brainer. Now we are stronger than ever!”

Ville Friman added:

“Since 2010 I’ve been combining touring and band life with my science career. However, couple of years ago it became clear that it has become impossible for me to put my 100% in both. This is partly because of more demanding role at the University of York but also because Insomnium has been growing steadily year by year leading to increasing amount of touring with every album. With Jani on board, we have secured a steady live line-up to keep delivering fierce live shows all around the world with me joining the band when time allows.”

Liimatainen also commented:

“It is a great honour to join such an amazing band. I had already been touring with the guys on and off since 2015, filling in for Ville whenever needed, so when they asked me to officially join the band the answer was pretty much a no-brainer. I am looking forward to sharing many more metal moments with these guys who I am proud to call my friends.”

The band also had the following to say about “Heart Like A Grave”:

“The concept of the album is to delve deep into the heart of the Finnish melancholy. We’ve been inspired by some of the bleakest and saddest songs, poems and tales that truly capture the essence of northern gloom. Land where the frost ravages the harvest and creeps inside the souls, summer ends before it even starts, wife leaves, little brother dies in snow on a Christmas morning, and the golden days of youth are forever gone. So there are echoes of Harmaja, Rautavaara, Vainio, Peltoniemen Hintriikka and of course our own petty, miserable lives.”

“Heart Like A Grave” Track Listing:

01. “Wail Of The North”
02. “Valediction”
03. “Neverlast”
04. “Pale Morning Star”
05. “And Bells They Toll”
06. “The Offering”
07. “Mute Is My Sorrow”
08. “Twilight Trails”
09. “Heart Like A Grave”
10. “Karelia”


Insomnium To Release New Album In October, Announce European Tour With The Black Dahlia Murder & Stam1na

Insomnium have announced that their new album will be released on October 4. With this news, the band have also announced a European tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and Stam1na.

Tour Dates:

11/12 Paris, FRA – Alhambra
11/13 Bordeaux, FRA – Barbey
11/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
11/15 Bilbao, SPA – Santana 27
11/16 Madrid, SPA – Cats
11/18 Lyon, FRA – Ninkasi Kao
11/19 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
11/20 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/21 Krakow, POL – Kwadrat
11/22 Wroclaw, POL – Pralnia
11/23 Zlin, CZE – Winter Masters Of Rock
11/24 Dresden, GER – Reithalle
11/27 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
11/28 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
11/29 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
12/01 Rome, ITA – Largo
12/02 Trezzo Sull’adda, ITA – Live Club
12/04 Leipzig, GER – Felsenkeller
12/05 Leeuwaarden, ENT – Neushoorn
12/07 Geiselwind, GER – Christmas Bash (no Stam1na)
12/08 Berlin, GER – Astra Kulturhaus
12/09 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
12/10 Hannover, GER – Capitol
12/11 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
12/12 Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier (no Stam1na)
12/13 Antwerp, BEL – Trix (no Stam1na)

Insomnium commented:

“Needless to say, we are really stoked about the new album! With ten songs and over an hour of music we really feel we have something special in our hands. There is fury and aggression, doom and gloom, heartache and longing. The whole spectrum of Finnish man’s emotions from despair to regret. In the name of Nordic collaboration the Swedish wizard Jens Bogren has been doing marvelous job with the mixing and mastering, so this is the best sounding Insomnium album ever.

We are also very excited about the upcoming European tour that takes us around the continent in great company. It will be a truly killer package with the support from The Black Dahlia Murder and Stam1na. Surely a night not to be missed!”

Insomnium Recording New Album

Insomnium have officially entered the studio to begin the recording process for their new album. The band are currently tracking drums with engineer Kimmo Perkkiö at SF Studio. After that, they will move to Teemu Aalto Music Productions in Kotka, Finland for further sessions. Once its recorded, Jens Bogren will mix the effort at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

Guitarist Markus Vanhala commented:

“Again when the days grew darker and the nights became colder, our path led into the dark. We checked-in to our traditional forest cabin-hq in the southern Finland for a new material rehearsal camp and (un)reality-check. We came out with 10’ish songs full of that good ol’ Finnish melancholy, sorrow & misery and now it’s time to wrap it all on tape for you peeps to hear ’em. Cannot wait to start the studio process and let the creative processes go up-and-down again!”

Vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen added:

“Exactly so! We have a pile of great songs in our hands and we can’t wait to get these recorded and finished. I would say the album will be the kind of dreary and wistful Insomnium that people probably might expect but we also have a few surprises in store. Lyrically the album will revolve around Finland’s bleakest and most sorrowful tales and songs. So this time we are really going into the blackened heart of Finnish gloom!”

The album is expected to be released thus fall.

Insomnium To Perform “Winter’s Gate” In Full On 2018 North American Tour

Insomnium will be performing their latest album “Winter’s Gate” in full on a North American tour next year. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

05/23 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
05/24 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
05/25 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/26 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam
05/27 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
05/28 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
05/29 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
05/30 Denver, CO – Hermans Hideaway
05/31 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
06/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
06/03 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
06/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
06/05 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
06/06 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go
06/07 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
06/08 Santa Ana, CA – Malones
06/09 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
06/11 Dallas, TX – Trees
06/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
06/13 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
06/14 Winter Park, FL – The Haven
06/15 Margate, FL – O’Malleys
06/16 Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
06/17 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
06/18 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
06/19 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
06/20 Montreal, QC – Les FouFounes
06/21 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
06/22 Toronto, ON – Garrison
06/23 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
06/24 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, & Elantris Announce North American Tour

Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insmonium, and Elantris have announced a North American tour together. Check out the dates for that below.

Tour Dates:

08/31 Boston, MA – Royale
09/01 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
09/02 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Theater
09/03 Toronto, ON – Opera House
09/05 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
09/06 Joliet, IL – The Forge
09/08 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
09/09 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/11 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
09/12 Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theater
09/14 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theater
09/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
09/16 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
09/17 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
09/19 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
09/20 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
09/21 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
09/23 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
09/24 Orlando, FL – Revolution Live
09/25 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
09/27 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
09/28 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
09/29 New York, NY – Playstation Theater