They’re coming to Charlotte in April of next year and I’m about 70% sure I’m gonna go.
Speaking of shows, I saw Insomnium tear up Richmond, VA’s Canal Club a couple of nights ago with two friends, one of whom was James Peterson, ex bassist for the very awesome Proliferation.
James is about 7 years my junior and one of the most passionate, dedicated metal fans I’ve ever known; we got to talking on the wall of another musician friend, Jon Teachey of WIlderun, and wound up friending each other on FB and talking more and more over the last few months.
He’s a huge Insomnium fan for two main reasons. Their latest, Winter’s Gate, is is favorite viking metal album of all time, and because their track “Ephemeral” inspired a very deeply meaningful moment in his emotional life. So while they’re on tour all over the US with Epica and Lacuna Coil this fall, they have a handful of headlining dates, including Richmond, so James drove up from Atlanta to meet me and my pal Briony in Raleigh, then we carpooled the rest of the way up to Richmond.
It was a fantastic show wherein one of the openers gave out free kazoos, another forgot how to tune guitars, and Insomnium played a blistering 1.5-hour set that included the full album of Winter’s Gate and a ton more amazing tracks, including “Ephemeral.” We all loved it, but James damn near lost his mind like six times during the show.
It was a great night and an awesome opportunity to meet one of my favorite metal buddies. Be sure that when his solo project, Spectria, finally finishes recording and mixing that I’m gonna link y’all to that shit :)
Surprisingly decent opener who gave out kazoos!