Photo by Terhi Ylimäinen


Insomnium are gearing up for their new album, Anno 1696, scheduled to arrive on February 24th via Century Media Records. Today (17th), these Finnish melodic metal masters have unleashed a visualizer created by David Minall/Cloud Music Typography for their latest single, “The Witch Hunter.” 


Guitarist Markus Vanhala comments:

“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 adds:

“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 Firman states:

“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.”


Watch the clip below and pre-order the album here:


Insomnium will hit the road this spring with Enslaved. Check out the tour dates here