Insomnium debuts new single, “The Witch Hunter”

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On February 24th, Finnish metal melancholists Insomnium will release their ninth full-length, Anno 1696, via Century Media Records. Based on a short story by Niilo Sevänen (bass/vocals), Anno 1696 is woven with sorrow and the last crumbling vestiges of hope. For a preview of this upcoming album, the new single, “The Witch Hunter”, can be streamed now.


Guitarist Markus Vanhala comments about the track: “This is a good example of a song growing and finding its own wings during the studio process. This one definitely has a cinematic feel; the storyline needs the essence of journey moving forward. In fact, I made a Finnish vocal demo for this one, reading and screaming Niilo’s storyline, but only the name stayed and translated from ‘Noidanmetsästäjä’ to English. But that’s another story and a secret version never to be found by ‘outsiders’… :)”


Bassist/vocalist Niilo Sevänen adds: “This is Markus Vanhala’s composition; it actually does not really sound like the archetypal Insomnium song and has some very interesting elements. One of the songs that improved the most in the studio in my opinion – and became one of the singles. Lyrically it continues to tell the story from the Witch Hunter’s point of view.”


Guitarist Ville Friman concludes: “For me, this song has a really strong cinematic feel to it, and I can easily travel into the story in my head when I close my eyes.”


Pre-order Anno 1696 as a 2CD Artbook Edition, 2LP+CD in gatefold with etching on D-side, 2LP in gatefold (USA only), CD jewel-case or digital album The videos for the previously released singles can also be viewed below:

–“White Christ” (feat. Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis)



Soon after Anno 1696’s release, Insomnium will return to North America for a co-headlining tour with Enslaved, plus Black Anvil as support. See below for all dates! Tickets and VIP upgrades are available from:


Insomnium + Enslaved Co-headline Tour 2023

w/ Black Anvil


Apr. 5, 2023 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Apr. 6, 2023 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live

Apr. 7, 2023 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater

Apr. 8, 2023 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

Apr. 10, 2023 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall

Apr. 11, 2023 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Apr. 12, 2023 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

Apr. 14, 2023 – Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre

Apr. 15, 2023 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Apr. 17, 2023 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

Apr. 18, 2023 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw

Apr. 19, 2023 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

Apr. 21, 2023 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theater Taube Family Music Hall

Apr. 22, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

Apr. 23, 2023 – Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater

Apr. 25, 2023 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live

Apr. 26, 2023 – Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge and Music Hall

Apr. 28, 2023 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Apr. 29, 2023 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

Apr. 30, 2023 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

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