Album 0124: Insomnium – Across The Dark

Release Date: 2009
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Equivalence (03:18)
2. Down With The Sun (04:24)
3. Where The Last Wave Broke (05:03)
4. The Harrowing Years (06:40)
5. Against The Stream (06:11)
6. Lay Of The Autumn (09:08)
7. Into The Woods (05:09)
8. Weighed Down With Sorrow (05:52)
9. The New Beginning (07:15)
10. Into The Evernight (05:29)

Total Length: 58:29

Equivalence is a fantastic intro track. Totally sets the mood of the album and style of the band, the whispers are creepy and atmopsheric, and everything gels well. It transitions right into Down With The Sun is pretty cool thanks to having a great main riff and carrying on the same style from the intro track. Where The Last Wave Broke however is more of the same but this time just doesn’t work as well.

The Harrowing Years has a nice chorus but otherwise goes on too long and is otherwise uninteresting. Against The Stream has some neat moments but doesn’t really do much for me overall. It’s like I listen to the song and when it’s over I can’t remember anything about it. Lay Of The Autumn is a bigger song that works fairly well, though it could be trimmed a bit. Into The Woods is like most of the other tracks, pleasant but unmemorable.

Weighed Down With Sorrow is a little bit better as it has some slower, more acoustic parts. The New Beginning is okay but once again far too long. Into The Evernight is more of the same. I really can’t explain how bland this album feels by the end. The start is very good, but the songs never go anywhere after that. I don’t know what to blame more, the songwriting or the production. I’m sure a song here or there is fine, but this album is right in the middle between bad and decent.

Final Rating: 6/10

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