Insomnium is known for their brand of melancholic, mournful melodic death metal which they've been doing since 2004, but their latest offering, Winter's Gate, sees the band venturing further into the realms of doom, progressive and black metal. Winter's Gate is an epic 40 minute musical journey based on the award-winning short story written by vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen, that draws inspiration from history and Scandinavian mythology. The compelling story is about a group of Vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near. All the varying elements are woven together into one captivating opus that follows the dramatic arc of the story. It's a rich album full of different atmospheres and emotions; full of overwhelming, gut-wrenching and masterfully crafted music. So brace yourselves and tighten your cloaks. Once the gates will be opened the cold breeze will spread to every corner of the land. And the winter will come.