NewsFebruary 25, 2023 6:45 AM ET927 views

Insomnium celebrate album release with music video

'Anno 1696' is out now through Century Media Records


Terhi Ylimäinen

Official press release:

Finnish metal melancholists Insomnium have released their ninth full-length, Anno 1696, via Century Media Records. Based on a short story by Niilo Sevänen (bass/vocals), Anno 1696 takes the listeners back into the dark times of the witch prosecutions in Northern Europe, famine and superstition. Stream or purchase the album here.

To celebrate, the band is playing two sold-out shows at Helsinki's Tavastia Klubi tonight and tomorrow and has also revealed a new music video for "Godforsaken (feat. Johanna Kurkela)". Once again directed by Riivata Visuals, the new video can be viewed below.

Guitarist Markus Vanhala comments about the track

This shows the epic side of the album and is taking the listener through the sonic snowstorms and shamanistic plays. I truly love the shamanistic vocals of the beautiful soul Johanna Kurkela who did a perfect job on executing this vision to perfection. We salute you, Johanna! Probably my own favorite on the album, besides 'The Rapids'.

Bassist/vocalist Niilo Sevänen adds

Vanhala's composition and one of the most epic songs in this bunch. Here we have the renowned Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela performing the female vocals. Lyrics are from the point of view of the main protagonist, Arvid, who tries to solve the mysterious deaths in the small village.

Guitarist Ville Friman concludes

Also one of the oldest demos we had ready for this album before the pandemic hit. The original female voice sample was elevated to another level by Johanna's vocals. First time we have used female vocals on any Insomnium song.

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