A double header of Finnish metal fills the Token Lounge on a Sunday night.
After a successful run with Dark Tranquillity earlier this year, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium. They return for their first headline tour of North America with fellow countrymen, Omnium Gatherum.
Sunday night shows can be a tough sell for most medium-sized venues, but loyal followers of both bands turned out in force to show their support, with some traveling from as far as Ohio. Both bands play commanding sets of just under an hour each with an energetic stage presence that fully engages the fans.
Guitarists of both bands dart back and forth across the stage, teaming up for harmonic solos and encouraging fans to assist in finger tapping duties at times. The vocalists share their microphones with the crowd as eager devotees crush the stage vying for a chance to sing along. Melodeath bands might not have the mass of followers like other genres here in the states, but the enthusiasm of their fan base certainly makes up for it, as witnessed by the vigor of the crowd.
Insomnium are touring without vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevanen and guitarist Ville Friman. Mike Bear and Nick Cordle fill in for each of them respectively. Their most recent album, Shadows of the Dying Sun, is being well received globally and is the first release recorded with new guitarist Markus Vanhala.
Omnium Gatherum’s sixth studio album and latest release, Beyond, came in 2013. It was one of the most anticipated albums from the band after their 2011 breakthrough album, New World Shadows. Many critics have declared the album to be the greatest Finnish melodic death metal album at the time.
Local opening support includes Michigan bands Carnis Immortalis, Variform, Signal The Slaughter, and Unto Inundation.
Both Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum will continue to tour North America until early September. You can catch them at one of these remaining dates.