Since The Day It All Came Down
Review by Manuel on May 9, 2004.
Insomnium could very well be the evil guy on time-out -- a satyr laying gently in his palatial abode eating spiked grapes until its next kill. Since The Day It All Came Down is a solid and smooth effort, driven by melancholy and mood more than cohesion and originality. The album evokes the mood of Dark Tranquillity’s Haven at its best, and at its worst it puts Haven on repeat for several rotations without showing the character of the band.
Having said that, Insomnium is a band full of potential. That potential can be tapped should they decide to break out of the melodic paradigm that spawned it, they could make serious waves creating mood metal that is technical and still very emotional. Listen to "Death Walked the Earth" and you will see that every member of the band has the ability to generate good time changes, solid rhythm and downright good songs.
Stick around a little longer, and the eight and so minute epic "Disengagement" and "Song of the Forlorn Son" are enrapturing at their best, full of varied melodies and an excellent tone that was used rarely in other parts of the album. The beginning and end of the album exhibits the care this band took to put together an album with strong production value. I could listen to this album and declare that it was a good morsel, but until you let the satyr out to fuck like the heated goat he is, until evil-guy can come out to play, I can’t say I’m entirely sold. But fair is fair, Insomnium is a solid band and they should be liked and respected, so I’ll bite and say that this album is worth a buy on the good faith of a talented band with much potential.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 6.8 out of 10