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INSOMNIUM debuts new single, “The Witch Hunter”

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(Photo Credit: Terhi Ylimäinen)

On February 24th, Finnish metal melancholists INSOMNIUM will release their ninth full-length, Anno 1696, via Century Media Records. Based on a short story by Niilo Sevänen (bass/vocals), Anno 1696 is woven with sorrow and the last crumbling vestiges of hope. For a preview of this upcoming album, the new single, “The Witch Hunter”, can be streamed now here; the visualizer (created by David Minall//Cloud Music Typography) can be watched here: https://youtu.be/UyXHvjS_8d8

Guitarist Markus Vanhala comments about the track: “This is a good example of a song growing and finding its own wings during the studio process. This one definitely has a cinematic feel; the storyline needs the essence of journey moving forward. In fact, I made a Finnish vocal demo for this one, reading and screaming Niilo’s storyline, but only the name stayed and translated from ‘Noidanmetsästäjä’ to English. But that’s another story and a secret version never to be found by ‘outsiders’… :)”

Bassist/vocalist Niilo Sevänen adds: “This is Markus Vanhala’s composition; it actually does not really sound like the archetypal Insomnium song and has some very interesting elements. One of the songs that improved the most in the studio in my opinion – and became one of the singles. Lyrically it continues to tell the story from the Witch Hunter’s point of view.”

Guitarist Ville Friman concludes: “For me, this song has a really strong cinematic feel to it, and I can easily travel into the story in my head when I close my eyes.”

Pre-order Anno 1696 as a 2CD Artbook Edition, 2LP+CD in gatefold with etching on D-side, 2LP in gatefold (USA only), CD jewel-case or digital album here: https://Insomnium.lnk.to/Anno1696. The videos for the previously released singles can also be viewed below:
–“White Christ” (feat. Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWG-WzEciHU
–“Lilian”: https://youtu.be/rSU9I4W8czE

Insomnium online:
www.insomnium.net
www.facebook.com/insomniumofficial
www.instagram.com/insomniumofficial
www.twitter.com/insomniumband

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