Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have been forced to withdraw from the sixth annual Bloodstock Festival, set to be held September 29-30 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, England. The following statement from the band was posted on the Bloodstock web site:

"We are really, really sorry to announce that we can't participate Bloodstock in September. We would have liked to play at your festival but now Candlelight has put us on a European tour with SATYRICON. We are on a same bus with KEEP OF KALESSIN so there is no way we could quickly come to Derby for one day. 29th of September we are in Bilbao and 30th in Lyon. We also have to cancel all the shows we were planning to make with OMNIUM GATHERUM in U.K.

"We are deeply sorry and hope that you will quickly find a replacement. We tried to negotiate till the end that somehow we could have done Bloodstock but it seems to be impossible. We wish all the best for your festival."

As previously reported, Candlelight Records has set an October 17 American release date for "Above the Weeping World", the new album from INSOMINIUM. The label has uploaded the band's new video for album track "Mortal Share" at (look under video section).

Recording at renowned Fantom and Finnvox Studios, "Above the Weeping World" contains INSOMNIUM's brand of melodic death metal, stunningly heavier with even further dynamic and melodic variety than that of their previous efforts. "This is by far the best INSOMNIUM album," says vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen. "It is the first time we feel we really succeeded in studio. We have nine great tracks on the album. As a band we are very happy with the end result.'

For the past three years, Finland's INSOMNIUM have quietly founded a strong sales history and supportive fanbase. Their two recordings, "In the Halls of Awaiting" and "Since the Day All Came Down", represent mere glimpses into the potential of this still very young band.

Formed in 1997, the band recorded two demos before signing with England's Candlelight Records (home to OPETH's original trilogy of records).


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