Navigate: main >> reviews
F U L L . R E V I E W S



Insomnium
Across The Dark

Company: Candlelight
Release: 2009
Genre: Doom
Reviewer: EC

  • Brings back that wonderful melancholy



  • This Finnish quartet really soaks up the feeling and mood of the early 90s, those great doom-death bands that revolutionized the metal scene at the time. Listening to "Across The Dark" brings back that wonderful melancholy, the sense of doom and dread that is punctuated by twin guitar harmony and excellent heavy swoops of distortion and deep guttural vocals. The band sounds like a cross between Amorphis' wind-swept "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" and the spoken word clean passages of Dark Tranquillity (post "Mind's I"). The band never commits fully to progressive movement but the album as a whole has so many different musical elements one would consider the album to be very intricate. It isn't as open-ended or free-flowing as Opeth but not as standard as Poisonblack. Fans of Paradise Lost, Dark At Dawn, I Killed The Prom Queen and anything doom death from the 90s should love this.


    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

    Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

    Demos and independent releases get some slack since the bands are often spent broke supporting themselves and trying to improve. Major releases usually have big financial backing, so they may be judged by a heavier hand. All scores can be eventually adjusted up or down by comparison of subsequent releases by the same band. We attempt to keep biases out of reviews and be advocates of the consumer without the undo influence of any band, label, management, promoter, etc.

    The best way to determine how much you may like certain music is to listen to it yourself.



    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: INSOMNIUM
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Above The Weeping WorldInsomnium
    2006
    Etiam2/23/2007
    Across The DarkInsomnium
    2009
    Eric Compton3/4/2010
    Shadows of the Dying SunInsomnium
    2014
    T. Ray Verteramo6/24/2014
    Since the day it all came downInsomnium
    2004
    Ajax8/17/2004


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: INSOMNIUM
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Winter's GateInsomnium
    2016
    Eric Compton12/16/2016


    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: INSOMNIUM
    INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE


    YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE DOOM/STONER STYLED RELEASES:


    << back >>






    ERIC COMPTON PICKS
    Jorn
    Life on Death Road
    Arch Enemy
    Will to Power
    Primal Fear
    Delivering The Black
    Black Star Riders
    Heavy Fire
    Halloween
    Victims Of The Night

    GREG WATSON PICKS
    Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus
    The Child Must Die
    For I Am King
    We All Have Demons
    Warbringer
    IV-Empires Collapse
    H.P. Lovecraft
    The Lurking Fear
    Miss May I
    Rise of the Lion

    FRANK HILL PICKS
    Gentlemens Pistols
    S/T
    Unleash the Archers
    Apex
    Crimson Shadows
    Kings Among Men
    Biomechanical
    Cannabalised
    Gamma Ray
    Land Of The Free II

    DAVID LOVELESS PICKS
    Ensiferum
    Victory Songs
    The Ruins of Beverast
    Rain Upon The Impure
    Throne of Katarsis
    An Eternal Dark Horizon
    Earthrise
    Eras Lost
    Textures
    Drawing Circles