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.”

Vektor Removed From 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

Vektor have been removed from this year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. This news comes after the band were previously dropped from Century Media Records due to the past physical abuse and sexual assault allegations that were leveled against frontman David DiSanto. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 30 – February 3, will sail from Miami, FL to Bimini, Bahamas and it will now feature the following: Abysmal Dawn, Amorphis, Batushka, Cryptosis, Cynic, Decrepit Birth, Destruction, Evergrey, Fallujah, Feuerschwanz, Fractal Universe, Freedom Call, God Dethroned, Insomnium, Iron Savior, Jungle Rot, Kamelot, Keep Of Kalessin, Korpiklaani, Kreator, Mänegarm, Melechesh, Nightmare, Nightwish, Novembre, Obscura, Oceans Of Slumber, Rotting Christ, Sirenia, The Crown, Uli Jon Roth, Visions Of Atlantis, Vreid, and Warbringer.

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

Nightwish, Kreator, Kamelot, Destruction, Etc. Set For 2023 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The initial lineup has been revealed for next year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 30 – February 3, will sail from Miami, FL to Bimini, Bahamas and it will feature: Nightwish, Kreator, Kamelot, Destruction, Cynic, Amorphis, Uli Jon Roth, Novembre, Rotting Christ, Korpiklaani, Månegarm, Insomnium, Fallujah, Warbringer, Obscura, Oceans Of Slumber, Melechesh, Nightmare, Evergrey, Sirenia, Jungle Rot, Feuerschwanz, Abysmal Dawn, Visions Of Atlantis, Fractal Universe, and Decrepit Birth. Public sales will launch on November 30 at 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST.

Pantera, Disturbed, Arch Enemy, Etc. Added To 2023 Graspop Metal Meeting Festival

Over 100 more artists have been added to next year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival. The event will be held in Dessel, Belgium on June 15-18 and the updated lineup can be found below.


  • Def Leppard
  • Mötley Crüe
  • Slipknot
  • Pantera
  • Ghost
  • Gojira
  • Parkway Drive
  • 1914
  • Agnostic Front
  • Amon Amarth
  • Anti-Flag
  • Antimatter
  • Any Given Day
  • Arch Enemy
  • Architects
  • As I Lay Dying
  • Asking Alexandria
  • At The Gates
  • Avatar
  • Beast In Black
  • Behemoth
  • Billy Talent
  • Black Mirrors
  • Bloodywood
  • Butcher Babies
  • Cane Hill
  • Carpenter Brut
  • Clutch
  • Cradle Of Filth
  • Crowbar
  • Cyclone
  • Danko Jones
  • Dark Angel
  • Deathstars
  • Delain
  • Dieth
  • Dirkschneider
  • Disturbed
  • Draconian
  • Eluveitie
  • End
  • Enter Shikari
  • Epica
  • Escape The Fate
  • Evergrey
  • Exodus
  • Fever 333
  • Fields Of The Nephilim
  • Finntroll
  • Greg Puciato
  • Halestorm
  • Hatebreed
  • Heidevolk
  • Hippotraktor
  • Hollywood Undead
  • Hollywood Vampires
  • I Prevail
  • In Flames
  • Insomnium
  • Katatonia
  • Kissin’ Dynamite
  • Korpiklaani
  • Kreator
  • Landmvrks
  • Legion Of The Damned
  • Less Than Jake
  • Life Of Agony
  • Lionheart
  • Loathe
  • Lorna Shore
  • Marduk
  • Meshuggah
  • Molybaron
  • Monster Magnet
  • Motionless In White
  • Novelists
  • Oceans
  • Orange Goblin
  • Orbit Culture
  • Papa Roach
  • Polaris
  • Rancid
  • Russkaja
  • Seether
  • Septicflesh
  • Sick Of It All
  • Skindred
  • Sleep Token
  • Soen
  • Sólstafir
  • Spiritbox
  • Stand Atlantic
  • Stray From The Path
  • Testament
  • The Amity Affliction
  • The Answer
  • The Chats
  • The Ghost Inside
  • The Halo Effect
  • The Luka State
  • The Menzingers
  • The Raven Age
  • The Winery Dogs
  • Three Days Grace
  • Thundermother
  • Unearth
  • Vicious Rumours
  • Voivod
  • Watain

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.”

Epica To Release “The Alchemy Project” In November, Share Music Video For “The Final Lullaby” Featuring Shining

Epica will be releasing a new mini-album, titled “The Alchemy Project,” on November 11. The guest-filled record can be pre-ordered HERE.

“The Alchemy Project” Track Listing:

01. “The Great Tribulation” [feat. Fleshgod Apocalypse]
02. “Wake The World” [feat. Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep) & Tommy Karevik (Kamelot)]
03. “The Final Lullaby” [feat. Shining]
04. “Sirens – Of Blood And Water” [feat. Charlotte Wessels (ex-Delain) & Myrkur]
05. “Death Is Not The End” [feat. Frank Schiphorst (Mayan) & Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork)]
06. “Human Devastation” [feat. Henri Sattler (God Dethroned) & Sven de Caluwé (Aborted)]
07. “The Miner” [feat. Asim Searah (Damnation Plan), Niilo Sevänen (Insomnium), & Roel Van Helden (Powerwolf)]

A video for the effort’s first single, “The Final Lullaby” (feat. Shining), can be found below. Bassist Rob Van Der Loo said the following about that track:

“I’ve been a big fan of Shining since the first time I heard them. Our intention with ‘The Final Lullaby’ was to make a mash-up between Epica and Shining so we thought it would be a good idea if I would come up with some riffs that would be typical Shining and they would do the complete opposite.”

Insomnium’s Jani Liimatainen Premieres New Song “All Dreams Are Born To Die” Featuring Sonata Arctica’s Tony Kakko

Jani Liimatainen (Insomnium, The Dark Element) has premiered a new song titled “All Dreams Are Born To Die.” This track features Sonata Arctica’s Tony Kakko and it will appear on Liimatainen’s new solo album “My Father’s Son,” which is set to be released on May 6.

“My Father’s Son” Track Listing:

01. “Breathing Divinity” (feat. Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid)
02. “All Dreams Are Born To Die” (feat. Sonata Arctica’s Tony Kakko)
03. “What Do You Want” (feat. Electric Mob’s Renan Zonta)
04. “Who Are We” (feat. Stratovarius’ Timo Kotipelto)
05. “Side By Side” (feat. Brother Firetribe’s Pekka Heino)
06. “The Music Box” (feat. Electric Mob’s Renan Zonta)
07. “Into The Fray” (feat. Stratovarius’ Timo Kotipelto)
08. “I Could Stop Now” (feat. The Dark Element’s Anette Olzon)
09. “Haunted House”
10. “My Father’s Son” (feat. Celesty’s Antti Railio)