If there is a band that has become a singular example of melodic death metal, it has to be Insomnium. Not only are they pioneers within the genre, but they have also managed to keep releasing soul-breaking records throughout the years. From “While We Sleep” to “Ephemeral” to “Heart Like a Grave,” these dark and pale hymns have become a huge source of comfort for fans who enjoy and deeply identify with such feelings.

In 2023, not content with releasing their latest studio album, “Anno 1696,” they are also releasing a small but hard-hitting EP titled “Songs of the Dusk.” With only three songs on this EP, it is also related to their latest album, something like a DLC, if you will. These songs are seriously packed. The release not only coincides with the autumn season but will also be out a few days after Halloween and a bit before they hit the road for a long autumn/winter European tour.

“Flowers of the Night” is the most melodic and shorter out of the three. This song can easily be connected with their latest album, acting like a bonus to fill up some parts of the story. The song is darker and more sinisterly beautiful. The guitar solos and the melancholy within the lyrics deliver a devastating blow of sorrow and compassion.

“Stained In Red” is undoubtedly one of the heaviest songs this band has ever done; some of the riffs even border on black metal. The song kicks off slow but gets heavier and heavier as it progresses. It feels like the soundtrack of a movie where the protagonist runs desperately through a forest while being pursued by a pack of wild wolves. The whole six minutes are a desperate marathon of life vs. imminent death by mauling. It’s the perfect song for cold, dark, or rainy evenings.

“Song of the Dusk” is the longest song on the EP, clocking in at more than 9 minutes. This track is more serene and calm, solid but melodic. It’s a beautiful song with many shades and ups and downs. The lyrical part at the song’s end is like dark poetry or an open invitation to sorcery: “Through the glades and gloomy thickets, Through the misty quagmires, Through the hidden trails that take us home.” Once again, Insomnium successfully paints a beautiful picture of darkness and Autumn.

With this release, I hope they add one or two of these songs to the set list (hopefully “Flowers of the Night”) for their upcoming European tour.

Insomnium European Tour Dates w/ In Mourning & Kvaen:

11/05 UK Manchester @ Club Academy

11/06 UK London @ O2 Academy Islington

11/07 FR Paris @ La Machine du Moulin Rouge

11/08 BE Sint Niklaas @ De Casino

11/09 NL Tilburg @ 013

11/10 DE Übach Palenberg @ Rockfabrik

11/11 DE Bremen @ Tower

11/12 PL Poznan @ 2Progi

11/13 PL Krakow @ Kamienna 12

11/15 DE Berlin @ Hole 44

11/17 HU Budapest @ Barba Negra

11/18 CZ Prague @ Palac Akropolis

11/20 DE Bochum @ Zeche

11/21 DE Leipzig @ Hellraiser

11/22 DE Cologne @ Kantine

11/23 DE Heidelberg @ halle02

11/24 DE Frankfurt @ Batschkapp

11/25 IT Milan @ Legend Club

11/27 ES Barcelona @ Razzmatazz 2

11/28 ES Madrid @ Mon

11/29 ES Bilbao @ Santana 27

11/30 FR Toulouse @ Le Rex

12/01 FR Grenoble @ L‘Ilyade

12/02 FR Strasbourg @ La Laiterie

12/03 DE Geiselwind @ MusicHall

12/04 AT Vienna @ Szene

12/05 DE Hirsch @ Nuremberg

12/06 DE München @ Backstage

12/07 DE Stuttgart @ Im Wizemann

12/08 DE Cham @ L.A. Cham

12/09 DE Trier @ Mergener Hof

12/10 DE Hamburg @ Gruenspan