Winter's Gate

Winter's Gate is the seventh studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium. It was released worldwide on September 23, 2016 via Century Media Records. It is a concept album said to be about “a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near.”[5]

Winter's Gate
Insomnium - Winters Gate.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
RecordedMarch - April 2016
Studio
  • SF Sound Studio
  • Scoring Helsinki
  • Studio Korkeakoski
Genre
Length40:02
LabelCentury Media
Producer
  • Teemu Aalto
  • Insomnium
Insomnium chronology
Shadows of the Dying Sun
(2014)
Winter's Gate
(2016)
Heart Like a Grave
(2019)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Exclaim!8/10[1]
Sputnikmusic3.2/5[2]
Metal Injection9/10[3]
Loud Online[4]

The album consists of a single 40-minute track. For streaming and download services, it was split into seven separate tracks[6][7] despite containing six movements denoted in the lyrics.[8] These movements are noted in the tracklist below. For vinyl, the song was split across sides between parts 3 and 4.[9]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Niilo Sevänen; all music is composed by Ville Friman, Markus Vanhala & Sevänen.

No.TitleLength
1."Winter's Gate"
  • "Part 1" (Slaughter Moon)
  • "Part 2" (The Golden Wolf, Part I)
  • "Part 3" (The Golden Wolf, Part II)
  • "Part 4" (At the Gates of Winter)
  • "Part 5" (The Gate Opens, Part I)
  • "Part 6" (The Gate Opens, Part II)
  • "Part 7" (The Final Stand / Into the Sleep)
"
40:02
  • 6:14
  • 6:37
  • 5:51
  • 5:26
  • 4:20
  • 5:13
  • 6:19
  • CreditsEdit

    Credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[10]

    ChartsEdit

    Chart (2016) Peak
    position
    Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 27
    Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 186
    Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 92
    Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 1
    French Albums (SNEP)[15] 104
    German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 19
    Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 27

    ReferencesEdit

    1. ^ Nizam, Adam (September 21, 2016). "Insomnium Winter's Gate". exclaim.ca. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
    2. ^ Ward, Kyle (September 12, 2016). "Insomnium - Winter's Gate (album review 2)". www.sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
    3. ^ Franco, Nicholas (October 7, 2016). "Album Review: INSOMNIUM Winter's Gate". www.metalinjection.net. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
    4. ^ Giffin, Brian (October 4, 2016). "INSOMNIUM: WINTER'S GATE". www.loudmag.com.au. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
    5. ^ "INSOMNIUM To Release 'Winter's Gate' Album, Book In September". Blabbermouth.net. May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
    6. ^ "Winter's Gate by Insomnium on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
    7. ^ "Winter's Gate". Spotify. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
    8. ^ "INSOMNIUM LYRICS - "Winter's Gate" (2016) album". Dark Lyrics. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
    9. ^ "Insomnium - Winter's Gate (Vinyl, LP, Album, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
    10. ^ "Credits". Winter's Gate (booklet). Insomnium. Century Media Records. 2016. 88985348272.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
    11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Insomnium – Winter's Gate" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
    12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Insomnium – Winter's Gate" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
    13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Insomnium – Winter's Gate" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
    14. ^ "Insomnium: Winter's Gate" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
    15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 39, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
    16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Insomnium – Winter's Gate" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
    17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Insomnium – Winter's Gate". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 October 2016.

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