Allright dudes, Insomnium
is coming back with a new album, Shadows of the Dying Sun!
Let's talk about this release with Markus Vanhala (also guitar player for Omnium Gatherum)!
メタルシップ : Hello guys!
Hell’o, this is Markus Vanhala, the guitar player version of Insomnium
メタルシップ : How are you now that Shadows of the Dying Sun is finally coming out?
Really satisfied with the album after all
the hard work and pressures and deadlines. Of course the busy times continues with active album promotion now with tons of interviews and all. Waiting to get for the real deal – get back on the road and play the new songs live for the fans. That’s what i love on this thing, in side of composing music of course.
メタルシップ : This is your first record with Insomnium. What are the main changes with you?
I had also something to do with the creative process on the album, and i did some songwriting also and lots of arranging the stuff as we had a lot interaction with it. Of course i tried to respect the Insomnium
trademarks as best i could, but also bring some new spices in. The album is the most diverse Insomnium
album in my opinion, but it’s still highly the same band and you can find all the Insomnium
trademarked tricks and traps from there, but also some new winds.
メタルシップ : Are you still in touch with Ville Vänni and all your past members?
There’s no bad blood with Ville, so it’s all good. The man was just too busy with his day-job and family for rock-n-roll.
メタルシップ : Let's talk about your new album. When did you start working on it?
Year ago we started slowly gather some new ideas and send them to each other, and then we had a busy creative two month season at the end of last year after touring, just before we went to studio. ...And we even almost had everything ready before the studio. We rehearsed only two long weekends in the cabin in the middle of the forest to have some relaxed calm sanctuary where to have the good state of mind for creative process. Though, i crashed my car during those sessions and almost killed the whole band... Luckily nothing bad happened to us, only the car was completely ruined but luckily it was a big and safe car, Jeep Cherokee!
メタルシップ : What was the recording process like?
The drums were made at different studio, SF-studio in Joensuu where our drummer Markus lives, Aleksi Münter did the keyboards in different studio and the rest of the stuff were made at Studio Korkeakoski in Kotka, where Niilo and myself are living. Hectic times indeed, as we had a really busy schedule to get it all sorted out by the labels deadline. We started right after christmas and Ville was living at my house the christmas holidays and the whole album recording process. Lots of pressures, stress, creativity and fun times. We had a really good in interaction in studio and everything went down easily, so i’m sure it can be heard on the ready product.
メタルシップ : What can you tell about it and what’s your favourite song on this album?
This time the album is more like a collection of songs than any thematic concept album. We just made songs and picked up the best ones to the album and there it is. My personal favorites on the album are maybe Primeval Dark, Promethean Song and While We Sleep
メタルシップ : How do you compose your songs? Is it the work of only one member or nearly?
Ville made again the biggest part for this album, then i composed three songs and Niilo was co-composer on one song with me. Ville & Niilo writes the lyrics and we arranged the stuff together. As we’re living far from each other, except me and Niilo who are almost neighbours, we’re normally composing at home alone and sending some ideas via our modernday magical electronic mail system. That’s where the magics start to happen.
メタルシップ : It seems that clean vocals take a bigger place than ever...
A lil bit yeah, but the main focus is still on the growling and this is still (melodic) death metal to the core. There’s also some more brutal stuff than Insomnium
have done before, like blast beats, lil bit flirting with black metal etc... Clean vox have been used as a spice and three songs incluces a clean chorus. This time we focused more for producing the clean vox at studio and i think Teemu Aalto, the producer, did really good job as Ville really shines with the vocals!
メタルシップ : Once again, your artwork was created by Wille Naukkarinen (Ghost Brigade). What were the instructions and what's your opinion about his band?
Wille is a talented dude both musically and visually, he is like Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity
) of Finland. We didn’t actually give him any notes what to do, only the song titles and lyrics where he grabbed the inspiration. We’ll shadows of the dying sun and you see the blackened sun there, there you have it. Ghost Brigade is cool band, i really loved their 2nd album „Isolation Songs“, and it’s a Finnish melancholistic classic!
メタルシップ : What's the most interesting incidents that have happened with you on tour?
Well lots of strange shit during the road, but this one’s from your beautiful country France. Last time we played in Paris our bus crashed to some narrow bridge after we were leaving the city. Glad nobody got hurt, only the bus roof had some damage and started to leak, which was nice of course.
メタルシップ : Now, how do you see your first albums? What are your favorite songs in each one?
As i used to be a fan boy of the band, so it’s easy for me to answer this and see these albums as a outsider. I’ve known the guys since the beginning as we used to trade Omnium Gatherum albums to Insomnium
albums everytime when the new came out. The album which really turned my head deep into this band was „Above The Weeping World“, as it was the time when everything clicked on the right places on Insomnium
here and the evolution here was huge since the second album. I’m calling that album an Insomnium
classic milestone. First two albums are suffering from a lil bit poor sound quality, but they have their moments surely. „Across The Dark“ was really good successor for „Above...“ and it’s production and soundscape is awesome. That i cannot say from „One For Sorrow“, which also in my opinion suffers from a bad production, a ka the „loudness war“ as it’s mastered for way too compressed mess...
My favorite song picks from the albums:
Halls Of Awaiting – Elder, Halls Of Awaiting
Since The Day... – Song of the Forlorn Son, Bereavement
Above the Weeping World – Killjoy, Devoid Of Caring
Across The Dark – Weighed Down With Sorrow, Against The Stream
One For Sorrow – Unsung, One For Sorrow, Only One Who Awaits
メタルシップ : Insomnium plays since 1997. Did you plan to release a DVD?
That might be a good idea to caught some gig with quality camera production, but there’s no any real plans yet. Though there’s some gigs filmed in the past, but not with the best quality. So we would have some „bonus footage“ already. It would be wise to film the real deal, before we’re getting really old and worn, haha.
メタルシップ : What are the news for Omnium Gatherum?
It’s easy by now for me that i can make interview for 2 bands at once... OG released the highly acclaimed successful newest album „Beyond“ last year and we have toured extensively in EU, North America and Asia after that, and are now having a lil break, catching some breath before starting to process new stuff and more touring and some festivals and mayhem
メタルシップ : What’s your opinion about the French Metal scene today?
I love Gojira
and Hellfest is also one of my favorite festivals in the world, so there’s two really really good metallic things ruling in France. Usually also the gigs of ours are really good in France and the crowd is enthusiastic there so it’s all good memories.
メタルシップ : What are your last top bands you discovered and what have you mostly listened to recently?
On metal front i’ve been listening mostly old death metal albums last weeks, old favorites like Entombed
, Death, Obituary
, Paradise Lost
. Vallenfyre have been really good „new band“ to emerge, but of course the line-up includes many classic dudes as also the band i just fell in love yesterday, Night Flight Orchestra! I just bought a new LP player so i’ve been exploring a lot on finding my old LP’s from my shelf, so a lot of old stuff in the player like Journey
, Yes, Genesis, Moody Blues, Beatles and newer mellow stuff like John Mayer... Old man’s music, haha.
メタルシップ : I’m a huge fan of Finnish Metal. What Finnish bands would you suggest I listen to?
I just heard and liked a lot of the new albums of Hanging Garden and Shear. I’m pretty lazy on discovering new bands nowadays as there’s so much good old stuff already un-discovered. Rapture and especially their first album „Futile“ is a lost gem of Finnish metal, as is also Throne Of Chaos and their „Pervertigo“ album and „Spirit Of Ukko“ by Kiuas..
メタルシップ : Thank you so much for your answers, I wish you a long and successful career! You’ve the final word!
Thanks, keep it metal and see you soon in your beautiful country! Peace & love & misery!
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