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Insomnium Releases Cinematic New Single “The Witch Hunter”

Posted by Corinne Westbrook in News on January 17, 2023

Get the details on the forthcoming full length, Anno 1696, and the soring co-headlining tour with Enslaved.

Melancholic metal pioneers Insomnium will release their new album, Anno 1696, next month. Centered around one of the bleakest times in human history, Anno 1696 is based on a short story by Niilo Sevänen and held together with sorrow and wrath – 1696 is a year of great famine in the North and the witch hunts in Europe. The gruesome trials of which reached Finland and Sweden, leading to the beheading of 70 women in a small Swedish parish.

Today the band is showcasing the latest single from the album, “The Witch Hunter”, showing the breadth of their songwriting ability and just how much Insomnium has grown over the years.

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.”

Anno 1696 will be released on February 24th via Century Media Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

In April, Insomnium will return to North America for a co-headlining tour with Enslaved, along with Black Anvil as support. The tour kicks off on April 5th in NYC and wraps on April 30th in Baltimore. Tickets are available HERE.

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

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