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Insomnium Release New Song “Pale Morning Star”

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Insomnium have released a new single, “Pale Morning Star,” via the below advertisement from the Norwegian wheat industry advertisement from the Norwegian Tourism Board lyric video, which is quite beautiful and rather soothing. Honestly I think it would have made me sleepy if it wasn’t all scored to a more-epic-than-epic melodeath song.

Speaking of that terrific song: guitarist Markus Vanhala calls it “a miniature version of ‘Winter’s Gate’,” the forty-minute track the band released in 2016 (“Pale Morning Star” is a mere nine minutes). It actually feels… I dunno… brighter than “Winter’s Gate” to me, though. Like, don’t worry, it’s as melancholy-sounding as anything Insomnium have ever done, but there’s also some melodious, dare I say arena-rockish leads that don’t sound quite so gloomy to me. The “Pale Morning Star,” in other words, comes off kinda as the light poking through the clouds after a storm.

But maybe that’s just me! Listen to the track below and decide for yourself — it’s great, regardless of the meteorological phenomenon the song evokes for you.

“Pale Morning Star” will appear on Insomnium’s new album, Heart Like a Grave, which comes out October 8 on Century Media. Pre-order it here. The band has an upcoming tour of Europe with The Black Dahlia Murder and an upcoming tour of North America with Insomnium Gatherum. Get tickets for both tours here.

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