Above the Weeping World

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."

Above the Weeping World
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 9, 2006 (2006-08-09)
RecordedApril 7 – May 14, 2006
StudioFantom Studio
GenreMelodic death metal
ProducerSamu Oittinen
Insomnium chronology
Since the Day it All Came Down
Above the Weeping World
Across the Dark
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Hammer[5]
Sea of Tranquility[6]
Ultimate Guitar9.4/10 [8]

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

The album's lyrics have been influenced by (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 listingEdit

1."The Gale"Ville FrimanFriman2:41
2."Mortal Share"Niilo SevänenFriman4:00
3."Drawn to Black"
4."Change of Heart"Friman
  • Friman
  • Sevänen
5."At the Gates of Sleep"SevänenSevänen7:05
6."The Killjoy"SevänenFriman5:23
7."Last Statement"SevänenSevänen7:32
8."Devoid of Caring"VänniFriman5:40
9."In the Groves of Death"Sevänen
  • Friman
  • Sevänen
  • Vänni
Total length:53:00
Japanese edition bonus tracks
10."Vicious Circle Complete" (demo) (taken from Demo '99)5:12
11."Unmourned" (demo) (taken from Demo '99)4:49
12."Numen Divinum" (demo) (taken from Demo '99)5:30


Release historyEdit

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


  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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 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

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