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Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have released the first song, “Ephemeral”, off their forthcoming album, to be released in 2014 via Century Media Records. The first track to feature new guitarist Markus Vanhala (also in OMNIUM GATHERUM), who replaced Ville Vänni in 2011, “Ephemeral” will be made available digitally in Europe on September 23 and will be accompanied by three bonus tracks — acoustic songs that can be heard in the background of the recently released INSOMNIUM documentary.

Comments the band: “After the success of our last single, ‘Weather The Storm’, we decided that it would be a good idea to record some new material this summer before releasing the actual new full-length album. This was also a good opportunity to explore different studios and work with different people. Just to explore our sound a bit more in terms of production.

“And here we are finally; happy to introduce you our new single, ‘Ephemeral’.

“The drums recorded by Kimmo Perkkiö at SF Sound (Finland). Everything else recorded by Teemu Aalto at Korkeakoski Studios, Kotka (Finland). The song was mixed and mastered by André Alvinzi and Jens Bogren, respectively, at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

“It was nice challenge to work on the instrumental side of INSOMNIUM and come up with music that has more cinematic edge to it. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

INSOMNIUM‘s latest album, “One For Sorrow”, was released in October 2011 in North America via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden with sound engineer Daniel Antonsson (also bassist in DARK TRANQUILLITY and guitarist in DIMENSION ZERO) and at Fantom studios in Tempere, Finland, where the album was also mixed by Samu Oittisen.

INSOMNIUM in 2011 parted ways with guitarist Ville Vänni and replaced him with Markus Vanhala (OMNIUM GATHERUM).

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“The Sonic Sign”, the new Olli-Pekka Lappalainen-directed video from Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s latest album, “Beyond”, which was released on February 25 in Europe and March 5 in North America via Lifeforce Records. The CD was recorded by Teemu Aalto and mixed and mastered once again by Dan Swanö. The artwork for the follow-up to 2011’s “New World Shadows” was created by Olli Lappalainen and can be seen below.

“Beyond” track listing:

01. Luoto
02. New Dynamic
03. In The Rim
04. Nightwalkers
05. Formidable
06. The Sonic Sign
07. Who Could Say
08. The Unknowing
09. Living In Me
10. White Palace

The special edition of “Beyond” contains the band’s brand new cover version of “Subdivisions” by RUSH. OMNIUM GATHERUM guitarist Markus Vanhala told Soundi magazine: “As pretty much everyone in the band is a fan of RUSH, we decided to take the bull by the horns and make or own bold ‘Omnification’ of ‘Subdivisions’. Besides, Metal Hammer wrote already at the time of our debut album that if OPETH are the PINK FLOYD of this scene, then OMNIUM are likely to turn into RUSH at the very least. It was time to pick up the gauntlet!”

Regarding the musical and lyrical direction of “Beyond”, Vanhala previously stated: “It’s now been approximately 10 years since our debut full-length album, ‘Spirits And August Light’, was released and the world was waiting. The latest 2011 album, ‘New World Shadows’, was a good breakthrough for us and lots of good things happened after that record, so, of course, we had some pressures to do a decent successor for that great record as the world was waiting again.

“Well, I think we managed on mastering that task and now we’re back again with the OMNIUM GATHERUM‘s sixth album called ‘Beyond’, the album that is really going beyond all limits of melodic death metal from the winter wonderland! The album follows the good known path of ‘New World Shadows’ and ‘The Redshift’, but adds a lot of new flavors and spices to the good ol’ melting pot to lift the band to a new heights. It’s our most melodic and versatile album so far, but at the same time, it still holds for example the most brutal death metal growls in our career yet as also some really tasteful clean vocals between the lines. I’m sure everyone who gives the album many spins can find something new with every turn, so this should be a album that hold up the sands of time and rewards the listeners who are digging deeper and searching something more than just a one hit wonders of the day!

“Lyrically told, ‘Beyond’ is about the culmination point of one’s existence. It is a coming-home story where the mysteries of duality are melted into oneness but without losing one single point of individuality along the arrival.

“As you can see from the cover, there’s also a strong sense of sea on the album, as we’re the sons of the sea from Kotka!”

OMNIUM GATHERUM recently announced the addition of bassist Erkki Silvennoinen to the group’s ranks.

“New World Shadows” entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 5. This marked the highest chart entry in the group’s history, having previously landed at No. 24 with 2008’s “The Redshift” and No. 31 with 2007’s “Stuck Here On Snakes Way”.



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Finnish melodic death six-piece Omnium Gatherum has revealed the basic details of upcoming studio album “Beyond,” the band’s sixth since forming in 1996 and followup to 2011′s acclaimed “New World Shadows.” Lifeforce Records will release the effort on February 25th in Europe and March 5th in North America.

Omnium Gatherum enlisted the production services of longtime collaborator Teemu Aalto, while Dan Swanö mixed and mastered the recording. Former guitarist and vocalist Olli Lappalainen handled the cover art:

The tracklist is as follows:

1. Luoto
2. New Dynamic
3. In The Rim
4. Nightwalkers
5. Formidable
6. The Sonic Sign
7. Who Could Say
8. The Unknowing
9. Living In Me
10. White Palace

Guitarist Markus Vanhala chimed in with the following:

“It’s now been approximately 10 years since our debut full-length album “Spirits And August Light” was released and the world was waiting. The latest 2011 album “New World Shadows” was a good breakthrough for us and lots of good things happened after that great record, so of course we had some pressure to do a decent successor, as the world was waiting again.

“Well, I think we managed to master that task and now we’re back again with the OG’s 6th album called “Beyond,” the album that is really going beyond all limits of melodic death metal from the winter wonderland! The album follows the good known path of “New World Shadows” and “The Redshift” but adds a lot of new flavours and spices to the good ol’ melting pot to lift the band to new heights. It’s our most melodic and versatile album so far, but at the same time it still holds for example the most brutal death metal growls in our career yet, and also some really tasteful clean vox between the lines. I’m sure everyone who gives the album many spins can find something new with every turn, so this should be a album that holds up the sands of time and rewards the listeners who are digging deeper and searching for something more than just a one hit wonder of the day!

“Lyrically told, “Beyond” is about the culmination point of one’s existence. It is a ‘coming home’ story where the mysteries of duality are melted into oneness but without losing one single point of individuality along the arrival. As you can see from the cover, there’s also a strong sense of sea on the album, as we’re the sons of the sea from Kotka!”

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Finnish melodic death six-piece Omnium Gatherum has revealed the basic details of upcoming studio album “Beyond,” the band’s sixth since forming in 1996 and followup to 2011′s acclaimed “New World Shadows.” Lifeforce Records will release the effort on February 25th in Europe and March 5th in North America.

Omnium Gatherum enlisted the production services of longtime collaborator Teemu Aalto, while Dan Swanö mixed and mastered the recording. Former guitarist and vocalist Olli Lappalainen handled the cover art:

The tracklist is as follows:

1. Luoto
2. New Dynamic
3. In The Rim
4. Nightwalkers
5. Formidable
6. The Sonic Sign
7. Who Could Say
8. The Unknowing
9. Living In Me
10. White Palace

Guitarist Markus Vanhala chimed in with the following:

“It’s now been approximately 10 years since our debut full-length album “Spirits And August Light” was released and the world was waiting. The latest 2011 album “New World Shadows” was a good breakthrough for us and lots of good things happened after that great record, so of course we had some pressure to do a decent successor, as the world was waiting again.

“Well, I think we managed to master that task and now we’re back again with the OG’s 6th album called “Beyond,” the album that is really going beyond all limits of melodic death metal from the winter wonderland! The album follows the good known path of “New World Shadows” and “The Redshift” but adds a lot of new flavours and spices to the good ol’ melting pot to lift the band to new heights. It’s our most melodic and versatile album so far, but at the same time it still holds for example the most brutal death metal growls in our career yet, and also some really tasteful clean vox between the lines. I’m sure everyone who gives the album many spins can find something new with every turn, so this should be a album that holds up the sands of time and rewards the listeners who are digging deeper and searching for something more than just a one hit wonder of the day!

“Lyrically told, “Beyond” is about the culmination point of one’s existence. It is a ‘coming home’ story where the mysteries of duality are melted into oneness but without losing one single point of individuality along the arrival. As you can see from the cover, there’s also a strong sense of sea on the album, as we’re the sons of the sea from Kotka!”

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I was quite tired walking to DOM from work this past Friday. Long week and lots of rain had taken their toll, but soon I relized: Who cares how long and dragging the day is, when you know damn well you will be seeing Korpiklaani in the evening! You’d think after seeing them 6 times, it would begin to feel routine, but not the case- Korpiklaani is an experience that should be repeated over and over again; and as often as possible.

Upon arriving at the venue, it’s a load off my shoulders to see all these happy smiling Finns, armed with drinks and just patiently (some not so patiently….) waiting for the night to start. After a pre show interview and beer with Jarkko Aalto, I’m more than ready for the set to commence!
The first band this evening is Frosttide; 2010 Finnish Metal Expo winners of the Underground Act of the Year award. Based in Jyväskylä, these guys live up to the title. Their stage presence is charismatic and energetic though they are quite young! Singer Joni’s deep growls provide perfect companion to the heroic sounding guitar lines and blast beats.

The crown erupts into loud cheers as Korpiklaani takes the stage, they open with “Hunting Song” and this is the cue for enthusiastic fans to grab the nearest partner and wildly dance and sing with undisguised fervor. “Päät Pois tai Hirteen” was next on the list, followed by another song,“Tuoppi Oltta” (Pint of beer!), off of their latest release Ukon Wacka. With every song Jonne Järvelä looks like he’s having the time of his life on the colorfully lit stage. The crowd feeds off this energy , it only adds fuel to the fire. Three songs in and it seems as if everyone in DOM has packed themselves at the feet of Korpiklaani.

The audience absolutely lost it for the cover of “Juodaan Viinaa”. I found myself myself being lifted and spun around by random Finns, everyone was having a blast this festive evening despite the cold weather outside. At a Korpiklaani show, the name of the game is have fun! Their energy is contagious, the movement on stage rivals the dancing in the audience and the interaction with the audience only feeds the craziness of the whole event. New violinist Teemu looked right at home, and his playing is quite flawless this night. I’ve been told he only has a few shows with them under his belt, and that the test will be the upcoming North American tour. Well look out North America, because Korpiklaani is coming, and they are better than ever!

Highlights of the set included “Tequila”, “Vodka” and “Wooden Pints”. The energy is fantastic, not one person standing still, as security looks on in a rather bemused way. This was an evening that we did not want to end; and the crowd protested mightily as Korpiklaani walked off the stage to dim blue lighting.

Just as soon as the set ended, the encore began. Here is where we really get to hear Teemu! The encore begins with the happy and heavily violin influenced track “Pellonpekko”, off on one of Korpiklaani’s older albums, “Spirit of the Forest”. At this point your neighbors beer became your beer also, there was no such thing as personal space at this moment. Following this was “Kipumylly”, during which the audience passionately joined Jonne for the stirring chorus. The last song of the night for me at least, was the bands own namesake track, “Korpiklaani”. All the vigour and high spirits of the evening, packed into one song. With a smile on my face, and feet that wouldn’t stop dancing; I made my way home from the venue, the sounds of Korpiklaani following me for at least one more happy block!

Photos will be uploaded to the gallery soon. Read an interview with Jarkko Aaltonen here

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Finnish melodic death metallers Omnium Gatherum have announced their upcoming album “New World Shadows” will see release via Lifeforce Records. The CD was recorded at Astia Studio 2 in Lappeenranta & OmG Studio in Karhula, Finland with Teemu Aalto, and was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studio in


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Finnish melodic death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM will release their fifth album, “New World Shadows”, via Lifeforce Records on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 4, 2011
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: February 9, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 7, 2011
North America: March 1, 2011

The CD was recorded at Astia Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland with Teemu Aalto, and was mi

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