Released: 2001, No Fashion Records
Contrary to popular belief, the writers here at Metal-Rules.com don’t get all their CDs for free. We still have to buy most of them like anyone else so one day, itching to add some new discs to my collection, I ordered SUNRISE IN RIVERLAND by Insania. I had already sampled the mp3s and liked what I heard so I trotted out the credit card and cha ching it was on the way. I have to say that this was one of my best purchases in long time. Insania hail from metal’s new hotbed, Sweden, and play melodic powermetal. The band was formed in 1992 in Sockholm Sweden by drummer Mikko Korsback and guitarist Henrik Juhano. They were later joined by Niclas Dahlin: guitars, Patrik Vastila: keyboards, Tomas Stolt: bass and David Henriksson: vocals. With this lineup the band recorded their first CD WORLD OF ICE with Tomas Skogsberg (Entombed, Dismember) producing. The band toured and played with manowar among others till they were ready to go back into the studio. SUNRISE IN RIVERLAND is the product of those sessions.
The only way I can describe the music of Insania is to say that they have a bit of Helloween and Stratovarius thrown into their melodic powermetal potion. That might be what drew me to this CD. They definitely pay homage to their influences but add their won flourishes to make one of the better CDs that I have heard in the last little while. Insania deliver the full package of speed, melody, thundering double kicks, scorching guitars and soaring vocals. The speed is delivered on the tracks "The Land of the Winter Sun", "Heading For Tomorrow" and"Dangerous Mind" (a favourite of mine). Henriksson’s great vocal work is all over this one. He is definitely one of the up and comers of the genre. One of the bands strengths is that they don’t play everything at warp speed and manage to have a great variety of songs. One of these is the ballad "Angels in the Sky" which is about the anguish of losing a loved one. "Beware of the Dragons" is a great galloping track that instantly sticks in your head and the Stratovarius like "Lost in Time" is yet another highlight to this disc.
I don’t know what more to say. Insania might not be the most groundbreaking band in the genre but they are one of the better groups making this kind of music. They are already hard at work on their next CD with 5 or 6 songs already written and they will be opening for Saxon later this month when that band visits Stockholm. If you get a chance check out this CD and also drop by their website http://www.metal_serve.net/insania/