Insomnium To Release New Album “Winter’s Gate” In September

Insomnium have announced that their new album, “Winter’s Gate,” will be released on September 23. The effort will contain one 40-minute song based on a short story of the same name. You can read more about that in the below press release.

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We proudly present: Winter’s Gate – album and a book

We have been forging a very special release during the last months. Winter’s Gate is a concept album that is made of one epic 40 minute song. The album is built around a short story Winter’s Gate (Talven portti in Finnish) by Niilo Sevänen, which won awards and nominations in Finland back in 2007 and 2008. It’s a story about a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west from Ireland, even though the winter is drawing near. The full story is released together with the album as a book that has the tale in English, Finnish and German – illustrated by the artist Teemu Tähkänen.

Album is currently being mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound AB studio in Sweden. A worldwide release through Century Media Records will be out September 23rd 2016. Tour dates for autumn and winter will be announced soon.

Needless to say, we are really excited at this point! Album is still in the mix but it’s going to sound awesome and it will be something we’ve never done before. Rest assured that it will still sound like Insomnium – we have just taken epicness to new level. The book is also going to look really cool and both translations are very good, capturing the original mood and spirit of the story. So it’s really one-of-a-kind package coming your way!

Niilo Sevanen To Miss Insomnium’s North American Tour

Insomnium have revealed that bassist Niilo Sevanen will be missing the band’s North American tour, due to an illness in his family. During his absence, Mike Bear (Artisan, Prototype) will be filling in. Sevanen is the second member to exit the tour, following Ville Friman, who is being replaced by Nick Cordle (ex-Arch Enemy etc.).

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The band issued the following statement about Sevanen :

“Dear fans,

Last Saturday we got unexpected phone call while driving to Gothoom Festival in Slovakia. Unfortunately, serious illness had taken place in Niilo‘s close family. We all felt devastated but somehow we were still able to pull through the show. However, due to these unpredicted circumstances, there was no way Niilo could have been able to leave his family behind and attend the upcoming US tour. Family is the most important thing and always comes first. We were left with two equally bad options.

To cancel the tour altogether or to go and try to find replacement for Niilo in couple of days notice. We had already invested considerable amount of money on this tour and whole tour personnel had made commitments to take time off from other work to do this tour. At the same time we felt really bad about thinking about financial side of things while one of our best friends was going through terrible family tragedy. After series of emergency meetings we decided to go and look if there would be anyone that could help us out. All things considered, 50% original line up would be better than no line up at all. We also did not want to let down all the people who had already bought the tickets. Most importantly, we did not want to give up.

So we went and wrote to all our friends on the state side and asked if anybody knew anyone. The response and the number of people who wanted to help us out overwhelmed us. Several talented individuals were ready to step in with short notice. We are eternally grateful and humbled by this response and it only shows how dedicated and compassionate people in US metal scene are. After numerous encounters we came across Mike Bear (Artisan, Prototype) who will be handling growling and bass duties on this tour.

Mike Bear comments ‘It’s a huge honor to be able to help out Insomnium as they embark on their first headline tour of North America. I’ve been to their shows each time they’ve visited the U.S. over the years, and the performances and energy are something I hold in my mind as a benchmark to bring to this coming tour. All agree these are unfortunate circumstances. Though I am excited to play with the band, I will keep Niilo and his family in my thoughts and I hope all of you will as well. As a fan of the band I can tell you, the set lists that have been put together are amazing. I hope to see everyone out there in support of this tour. See you all soon!’

It does break our hearts to go out on tour like this. Insomnium has always been about solidarity and unity. However, we are left with no other choices. Otherwise you would not be reading this statement. We hope that you will welcome Mike Bear and Nick Cordle (stand-in guitarist for Ville) with open arms. Moreover, I hope you give thumbs-up for both Markuses for their headstrong attitude to go out and make this tour happen no matter what. It goes without saying that these guys will put on a hell of a show every night. We can only hope that you will do the same and support us during these difficult times. We will make up this in the future and will come back only stronger.

Yours,
Ville, Markus V., Markus H. and Niilo“

Nick Cordle (Ex-Arch Enemy) To Play Guitar For Insomnium On Their North American Tour

Insomnium have revealed that guitarist Ville Friman will not be participating in the band’s upcoming North American tour, due to his “very busy work schedule.” During his absence, Nick Cordle (ex-Arch Enemy etc.) will be filling in.

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The band issued the following statement:

“Stop the press! Due to his very busy work schedules Ville is not able to join us on this next North American tour in Aug/Sep. But we are more than happy to announce that the stand-in guitarist for the whole tour will be no other than the godlike Nick Cordle (Sanctuary, ex-Arch Enemy, ex-Arsis). So you can expect a dual face-melting guitar hero onslaught of Vanhala & Cordle every night!

Ville comments: “My sincere apologies for not being able to take part in INSOMNIUM‘s busy touring schedule this year. I’ve tried my best to work my way around work and band and will be doing as many shows as possible. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to take part in this run. But worry not, Nick has kindly accepted to step into my shoes and will be shredding his way to your hearts every night. In the meanwhile, I’ll be concentrating on coming up with new Insomnium tunes. Hope to see you soon in North America.”

Nick comments: ”It’ll be an honor and a pleasure to sit in with Insomnium on this run! They’re an awesome live band and I’ll try to hold up my end of that “face melting guitar hero onslaught” as promised!”

So, for sure it will be one awesome tour for us and Omnium Gatherum, starting from Heavy Montreal on Aug 9th. See you guys soon!!”