Insomnium hailing from the land of thousand lakes, boasting with a thousand melodies and spawning a thousand emotions. Insomnium is from Joensuu and that city name means the estuary, Joensuu has a university, polytechnic college and the fine melodic death metal band Insomnium. On October 4th the band will release their new album Heart Like A Grave. On that album the band welcome new guitarist Jani Liimatainen to join the band. Liimatainen was one of the founders of Sonata Arctica in 1995. He also performs acoustic rock covers with Timo Kotipelto as Kotipelto and Liimatainen. They released an album, titled Blackoustic, in 2012. He is endorsed by Ibanez guitars, and plays John Petrucci’s signature model.
The band states about the new album, «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, and 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». The track Valediction,
Consisting of ten songs and over an hour of music Heart Like A Grave evolved to be an epic tour de force of Finnish melancholy. With four composers in the band the sound of Insomnium is now richer and more versatile than ever before. In the name of Nordic collaboration the Swedish wizard Jens Bogren has been doing the mixing and mastering and made Heart Like A Grave to the best sounding Insomnium album ever.
The band comments, «PIn 2018 it became apparent that Ville Friman 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! ».
Friman comments: «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 Liimatainen, 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».
Jani Liimatainen, adds: «It is a great honor to join such an amazing band. I had already been touring with the guys on and off since 2015, filling in for Ville Friman 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».