On February 24th, Finnish metal melancholists Insomnium will release their ninth full-length, Anno 1696, via Century Media Records. Anno 1696 is a gateway into another world. This time around, Insomnium tells us a tale based on a short story by Niilo Sevänen (bass/vocals), woven with sorrow and the last crumbling vestiges of hope, plus wrath and morbid lullabies. Welcome to 1696. Welcome to hell. This is an age of unrest. The age of great famine in the North. The witch hunt is in full swing all across Europe and the gruesome witch trials have even reached the remote and majestic landscapes of Finland and Sweden. „The Torsåker witch trials were a horrible source of nightmarish inspiration,“ Sevänen says of his ghastly muse. „All that talk about 70 women beheaded in this small Swedish parish? It’s real stuff from history!“ he groans. „And as if that weren’t enough, there are also some very dark tales of cannibalism and child murder from the years of the great famine.“ Stories don’t get any more metal than this.
For a first preview of Anno 1696, the new single, „Lilian“, can be watched here: INSOMNIUM – Lilian (OFFICIAL VIDEO) – YouTube
Guitarist Markus Vanhala comments about the track: „‚Lilian‘ is probably the most traditional Insomnium hit song on the album – and an easy starter as single – before the heavier main course comes in. It shows the lighter shade of the album, before all hope leaves.“
Bassist/vocalist Niilo Sevänen adds: „This is Ville’s composition, and it has some of that old Insomnium feel in it. Felt like a video-song from the start. Lyrically, it tells how the tragic couple in the story met each other in the first place.“
Guitarist Ville Friman concludes: „One of the first songs to emerge during the pandemic era. It has this old Insomnium vibe and tonality that I tend to steer towards every time I pick up the guitar.“