NewsFebruary 16, 2024 4:39 PM ET5,052 views

Insomnium's guitarist went missing, now they've moved on without him


Terhi Ylimäinen

Melodic death metal outfit Insomnium found themselves left in the lurch recently as their guitarist, Jani Liimatainen, seemingly vanished without a trace. The band disclosed in a social media post that they had been unable to locate or communicate with Liimatainen for an extended period, leading to the decision to continue as a four-piece unit moving forward. 

Initially, the band refrained from publicly addressing the matter in the hopes that Liimatainen would reappear or offer clarification on his disappearance. Regrettably, however, it became apparent that his and the band members' priorities no longer aligned, leading to an amicable parting of ways. 

Fortunately, the band will press on, joined by Ville Friman for Finnish shows and Brandon Ellis (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Nick Cordle (Omnium Gatherum) for their upcoming North American tour in the spring alongside Omnium Gatherum and Wilderun.

The band shared:

Many of you have been asking where Jani Liimatainen is and why there has been no update about his status in the band. The answer is weirdly simple: For a long time we didn't know where he was and we could not reach him by any means.

The reason why we did not address this situation publicly was that we hadn't given up hope yet. Obviously, Jani has been a close friend and much-valued member of this band for years. We wanted to allow him to either solve the situation or at least provide a statement to his fans.

Sadly it is now evident that Jani and the rest of Insomnium have different priorities. We have hence agreed to go separate ways and Insomnium will continue as a 4-piece unit from here on.

This will not affect any of the forthcoming live shows: Ville Friman will be joining for the Finnish shows, Brandon Ellis (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Nick Cordle (Omnium Gatherum) have agreed to fill in the second guitar during the forthcoming North American tour.

We wish Jani all the best in the future and want to thank him for the past years spent with Insomnium.


Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, and Wilderun tour dates:

04/11 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
04/12 Montreal, QC @ Théâtre Beanfield
04/13 Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
04/14 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
04/15 Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
04/16 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
04/18 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
04/19 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
04/20 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
04/22 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
04/23 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
04/25 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
04/26 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
04/27 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/29 San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
04/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
05/01 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theater
05/03 Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
05/04 Dallas, TX @ The Factory In Deep Ellum
05/06 Winter Park, FL @ The Conduit
05/07 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
05/08 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
05/09 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
05/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
05/11 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

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