#musicmonday – At the Gates of Sleep by Insomnium

Hi all, and welcome to another Music Monday, an idea that originated at The Tattooed Book Geek – ‘just a nobody with a blog’ (wordpress.com).

I picked this song for the very basic reason it contains sleep and insomnia in the title. My body clock took an absolute pounding coming back over the pond and my sleep cycle feels like it’s been designed by M.C. Escher’s less sane cousin. That’s word association for you.

Of course it helps that Insomnium are a really great band, and this is one of the best songs from the Finnish masters of mopey melodic death metal. Judge for thyself.

This is a song that ebbs and flows in its push to a big powerful ending, with beautiful melodies atop the driving power chords. That, combined with sombre and serene nature of it, makes this a great song to just lose yourself in, and that’s why it’s a song I play over and over.

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