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Insomnium, Oceans Of Slumber, Bereft, Uhtcearu

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A melodic death-metal outfit from Finland shares the bill with one of Madison's finest heavy bands. Info/tix

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Finnish band Insomnium combines the rhythms of death metal with surges of grandiose melody, with results that are often simultaneously polished and brutal. It's hard not to think of Amon Amarth in this territory, though Insomnium indulges in more atmospheric flourishes in between the stately jackhammerings on its 2016 album Winter's Gate—which is actually one long track. And vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen has a respectable, throat-scorching vocal style that holds up even if you don't have the context of metal's endless subgenre distinctions. Sharing the bill here is Madison's Bereft, who've mostly laid low since releasing their second album, 2017's Lands. That record introduced an element of atmospheric doom to the band's already weighty and emotionally draining songs. They've been working on writing new material, some of it due for a split release with Iowa City doom outfit Aseethe. —Scott Gordon