So, I was in Winnipeg a couple weeks ago and boy-howdy was it already cold as shit! When I was there in early November last year, there was already a disconcerting and disheartening layer of frost covering the city the morning I rolled into town and I recall snow pelting me one day when I was wandering around outside somewhere trying to get some decent cell reception. I already knew it, but there is more than a little truth to whole “Winterpeg” thing and everyone staying inside and rock and rolling because it’s fifty below at the corner of Portage and Main. Hell, at one point last winter it was colder in the Gateway city than it was on the Moon, or Mars, or some other planet nowhere on Earth has any business being colder than.
This, in a roundabout way, sort of brings us to Laika. The melodic death metal sextet hail from Winnipeg and since their inception in 2009, have (probably, if not hopefully) used winter time to stay inside and rock and roll with the result being an EP and two full-lengths. The latest of which is entitled Somnia and we’re presenting an advance stream of it for y’all today. Set for release next Tuesday on Filth Regime Records, the band takes their name from the Soviet dog who became one of the first animals to travel to space. “In the beginning we were quirky dudes full of pretty insane ideas, much like sending a dog to space, so it seemed fitting.”
For fans of Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth and Mors Principium Est, I’m told, though I do hear a little Edge of Sanity and some Japanese quirkiness in there as well. But you don’t need me telling you what’s what, the entire album is right here for you to enjoy.