ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

In the Halls of Awaiting by Finnish Melodic Death Metal Band Insomnium

Updated on September 11, 2018
CELEBSFAN78 profile image

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Album Cover for In the Halls of Awaiting

The album's cover shows a series of trees that are near a large lake.
The album's cover shows a series of trees that are near a large lake.

In the Halls of Awaiting Is an Album That Starts Off Very Strong

Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium may have come up with their finest, most comprehensive studio album with their 2002 release called In the Halls of Awaiting. The album is a range of musical influences including Theatre of Tragedy and In Flames. I hear the Theatre of Tragedy influence in the beginning of the song Ill-Starred Son.

One Example of How the Album Starts Off Strong is the Song Ill-Starred Son

The first song called Ill-Starred Son is a really terrific song and this one is one of the finest songs in the band’s career. The song is basically about a woman that is mourning because she lost her stillborn child. The woman becomes tired of this rough life as there seems to be no light at the end of this dark tunnel. Where has her dearest son gone to she asks? But before that, the man asks where his dearest has gone to? The lyrics in this song are very much of a despondent and sorrowful nature but the song itself should be considered one of the best in melodic death metal history. As of September 2018, I would state that Ill-Starred Son is a more catchy song than Norther’s Betrayed though that one is excellent as well.

Don't Let the Lyrics Discourage You From Listening to the Album

The common lyrical theme for this band and for several others are the themes of pain, sorrow, sadness, and grief. The song Medeia is an example of these themes as the song says that where there was once love, hatred now resides. Sometimes we are taken advantage of by the ones that we love. The next song called Dying Chant is a sort of story about a person that is on his deathbed and he is crying for what he has done and he asks for salvation. However, we should not wait until the end of our lives to ask for salvation. We should do this while we are still alive. Lyrically, this song is similar to that of the song A Tout Le Monde of Megadeth. But one thing is for sure: I write these album reviews because I know that there are many people out there that will enjoy them and perhaps recommend them to their friends. One thing that can be said about this album is that it is highly melodic in spite of the lyrical content.

Main Vocalist is Niilo Sevanen

Source

Other Good Songs Are "The Elder" and "Black Waters"

The Elder has this sort of Amorphis musical feel to it as the song is about this older man that starts to sing as the winter comes upon the land, bringing with it snow, ice, and barren land. Some people have to find ways to get through those long, dark winters and some people do it by singing. The melodic song Black Waters tells the story of a somber man that feels that no matter how many tears he sheds that he cannot escape from his somber mind and what he calls dead emotions. The album in general is much more moody and somber in comparison to Insomnium’s later albums but the album sort of gels very well musically.

"Ill-Starred Son"

Final Thoughts About the Album In the Halls of Awaiting

Shades of Deep Green musically sounds like early Opeth (think of the years 1995 through 1999 or so as the progressive death metal influence is felt somewhat). There is the feel that the character described in this song has the urge to experience a world where the birds stop singing and the river water lies still. He knows that this kind of world is a very despondent and sorrowful world for him to walk in but this is how this man feels. “The Bitter End” is a song about a man that has lost his dearest one and even though he opens his eyes as the dusk fades, in his view it still feels very dark. Is In the Halls of Awaiting the best album by Insomnium? It is a tough call for someone like me that has listened to so much melodic death metal spanning over 20 years.

"Black Waters"

Ville Friman

The Song Called Dying Chant

"Journey Unknown"

Rate the Album In the Halls of Awaiting by Insomnium

Cast your vote for Insomnium In the Halls of Awaiting

"Shades of Deep Green"

© 2018 Ara Vahanian

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)