Above the Weeping World

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Above the Weeping World
Insomnium Above the Weeping World 2006.jpg
Studio album by Insomnium
Released August 9, 2006 (2006-08-09)
Recorded April 7 – May 14, 2006 at Fantom Studio
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 52:56
Label Candlelight Records
Producer Samu Oittinen
Insomnium chronology
Since the Day it All Came Down
(2004)Since the Day it All Came Down2004
Above the Weeping World
(2006)
Across the Dark
(2009)Across the Dark2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
CoC 9.5/10 stars[3]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[4]
Metal Hammer 8/10 stars[5]
Sea of Tranquility 4.5/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
Ultimate Guitar 9.4/10 [8]

Above the Weeping World is the third studio album by Insomnium. It was released on August 9, 2006 in Europe and on October 17, 2006 elsewhere by Candlelight Records. A music video was made for "Mortal Share."

During its first week the album peaked at #9 on the Finnish album charts (week 39/2006).

The album's lyrics have been influenced (and occasionally taken) from classic poets like Hölderlin, Edgar Allan Poe and Finnish classic Eino Leino. The last track of the album, "In the Groves of Death" lasts about ten minutes, and its main theme is heavily inspired by Leino's poem Tumma, the ending poem of his saga Helkavirsiä. The entire poem "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" by English poet Francis William Bourdillon is used as a chorus in the album's third track "Drawn to Black". Above the Weeping World has received extraordinary reviews both in Finland (e.g. SUE magazine 10/10))[9] and abroad (e.g. Kerrang! 5/5),[9] and the album debuted on the Finnish album charts at the 9th position[10] (week 39/2006), which is a remarkable achievement for a melodic death metal band. At the same time Insomnium embarked on their first full European tour, playing 36 gigs in six weeks (5.9 - 15.10), in 15 countries.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Gale" Ville Friman 2:41
2. "Mortal Share" Friman, Niilo Sevänen 4:00
3. "Drawn to Black" Friman, Sevänen; chorus lyrics taken from a poem by Bourdillon 6:00
4. "Change of Heart" Friman, Sevänen 4:31
5. "At the Gates of Sleep" Sevänen 7:05
6. "The Killjoy" Friman, Sevänen 5:23
7. "Last Statement" Sevänen 7:32
8. "Devoid of Caring" Friman, Ville Vänni 5:40
9. "In the Groves of Death" Friman, Sevänen, Vänni 10:08
Total length: 53:00

These tracks are taken from Demo '99:

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
Europe August 9, 2006 (2006-08-09)
Worldwide October 17, 2006 (2006-10-17)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowar, Chad. "About.com review". About.com. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "CoC review". Chroniclesofchaos.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  4. ^ Lawson, Dom (21 October 2006). "Kerrang review". Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Milas, Alexander (21 October 2006). "Inomnium Metal Hammer review". Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Batmaz, Murat (September 27, 2006). "Sea of Tranquillity review". Seaoftranquility.org. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ Ward, Kyle (September 18, 2007). "Sputnikmusic review". Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ UG Team (June 27, 2007). "Ultimate Guitar review". Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2007-12-15.  I N S O M N I U M // official homesite
  10. ^ http://www.insomnium.net/ I N S O M N I U M // official homesite