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Insomnium debuts new single, "The Witch Hunter" + 

Insomnium + Enslaved Co-headline Tour 2023 w/ Black Anvil

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 seen later today @ 9AM PT//12PM ET//6PM CET here: 


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: The videos for the previously released singles can also be viewed below:

--"White Christ" (feat. Rotting Christ's Sakis Tolis):



Soon after Anno 1696's release, Insomnium will return to North America for a co-headlining tour with Enslaved, plus Black Anvil as support. See below for all dates! Tickets and VIP upgrades are available from: 


Insomnium + Enslaved Co-headline Tour 2023

w/ Black Anvil

Apr. 5, 2023 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Apr. 6, 2023 - Boston, MA @ Big Night Live


Apr. 7, 2023 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater


Apr. 8, 2023 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House


Apr. 10, 2023 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall


Apr. 11, 2023 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues


Apr. 12, 2023 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater


Apr. 14, 2023 - Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre


Apr. 15, 2023 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex


Apr. 17, 2023 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile


Apr. 18, 2023 - Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw


Apr. 19, 2023 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre


Apr. 21, 2023 - Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theater Taube Family Music Hall


Apr. 22, 2023 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre


Apr. 23, 2023 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater


Apr. 25, 2023 - Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live


Apr. 26, 2023 - Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge and Music Hall


Apr. 28, 2023 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse


Apr. 29, 2023 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre


Apr. 30, 2023 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Insomnium online:

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