This last weekend Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum was making a stop in Las Vegas on their Shadows Over North American tour. I have seen both of these bands live in the past, and it never gets old. If you haven’t seen either one of them and you’re a fan of melodic death metal, now is your chance to get out and see two of the best band in the genre today.
With the tour in full swing both bands have released a combined split 7” with two songs on it. This is a tour exclusive and is limited to only 500 copies.
Side A includes “Out to the Sea” by Insomnium that was previously released as a bonus track on their ‘Shadows Of The Dying Sun’ deluxe edition.
Side B includes “Skyline” by Omnium Gatherum, which is a brand new song not currently released, but will probably make it on a new album now in the works.
There isn’t enough to say about Omnium Gatherum and how they perform, they are true professionals. Some bands have the problem of sounding “the same” live as they do on their studio albums. This isn’t a problem for Omnium Gatherum, you will find the same quality of music live as you hear on their album.
Omnium Gatherum is still supporting their 2013 release ‘Beyond’ on this tour, but as a special bonus for those who attend, you will hear the new song “Skyline” performed live.
Their track list for the show included a nice balance of songs from their latest album and past albums.
Even with the setbacks that Insomnium has had to complete their line up to make this tour happen, the show was great. You can count on Markus Vanhala, as he was doing both sets, one with Omnium Gatherum and then again with Insomnium.
First they had to find a replacement for Ville Friman, they recruited Nick Cordle which played in Sanctuary, Arch Enemy and Arsis. Nick Cordle did a great job, You never noticed a different style or tone in any of the songs, he emulated Ville Friman perfectly.
Then a couple of weeks ago leadman Niilo Sevane had a serious illness take place in his immediate family. He had to return home from the tour and instead of canceling the tour they found their replacement in Mike Bear from Artisan and Protoype.
After series of emergency meetings we decided to go and look if there would be anyone that could help us out. All things considered, 50% original line up would be better than no line up at all. We also did not want to let down all the people who had already bought the tickets. Most importantly, we did not want to give up.
Mike Bear filled Niilo shoes the best he could. He did a great job and it’s remarkable that he could jump in and pick up right where Insomnium left off. But in all reality, no one can replace Niilo, the man is too good at what he does.
Their track list included more songs from their recently release ‘Shadows of a Dying Sun’. They played some of their classic songs from some older albums, but I have one complaint, they didn’t play “Where the Last Wave Broke”, one of my personal favorites, but no hard feelings.
I loved every minute of the show and I will see them again when they come back to visit.
There are a few tour dates remaining. If you have a chance to check them out, go and do it.
Sept. 1 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Sept. 2 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Sept. 3 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
Sept. 4 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Sept. 5 - Toronto, ON – Garrison
Sept. 6 - Ottawa, ON – Ritual
Sept. 7 - Quebec, QC - Le Cercle