DELAIN
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Delain is a symphonic metal band, formed in Zwolle, Netherlands in 2002. The band currently consists of Charlotte Wessels (vocals), Timo Somers (guitars), Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass), Martijn Westerholt (keyboards), and Sander Zoer (drums).

Delain was founded by Martijn Westerholt who was previously the pianist of Within Temptation as well as being the brother of Robert Westerholt, one the band's founders. He left Within Temptation in 2001 after contracting Pfeiffer's disease. He started Delain in 2002. The band released a demo entitled "Amenity" in 2002. The band started recording their debut album "Lucidity" in July 2005, after they had signed a contract with Roadrunner Records.

At the end of 2007 Delain stated that they intend to release a second album in 2008, so far, the band has begun playing two new songs live: "Stay Forever" & "Start Swimming". In November 2008, it was announced that the new album
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.. Album Cover 3.58 | 6 ratings
Lucidity
Symphonic Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 2.71 | 7 ratings
April Rain
Symphonic Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 6 ratings
We are the Others
Symphonic Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 3.82 | 5 ratings
The Human Contradiction
Symphonic Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 3.98 | 4 ratings
Moonbathers
Symphonic Metal 2016

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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Lunar Prelude
Symphonic Metal 2016

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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Amenity
Symphonic Metal 2002
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Shattered
Symphonic Metal 2007
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Stay Forever
Symphonic Metal 2009
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April Rain
Symphonic Metal 2009
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Nothing Left
Symphonic Metal 2010

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.. Album Cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Interlude
Symphonic Metal 2013

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See Me in Shadow
Symphonic Metal 2007
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Frozen
Symphonic Metal 2007
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The Gathering
Symphonic Metal 2008
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Smalltown Boy
Symphonic Metal 2009
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Get the Devil Out of Me
Symphonic Metal 2012
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The Glory and the Scum
Symphonic Metal 2016
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Fire with Fire
Symphonic Metal 2016

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DELAIN Moonbathers

Album · 2016 · Symphonic Metal
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Delain, a symphonic metal band from the Netherlands, are the sort of band where if I had a hat I'd have to eat it, as I'd written them off a couple of albums ago as a band that I was never going to enjoy. Then along came The Human Contradiction (2014) and it was clear that Delain had really stepped up their game and I ended up positively surprised by the album. So I've been interested to hear how their music may continue to evolve since then and Moonbathers (2016) is the result. The band have expanded their line-up to six members since the album with the introduction of a second guitarist, Merel Bechtold (also of Purest of Pain and MaYaN). Moonbathers also sees a guest vocal from Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy, ex-The Agonist) on its first track, Hands of Gold. She also appeared on The Human Contradiction. The album additionally includes a cover of the Queen song Scandal while fans may already be familiar with a couple of the album's tracks which were also featured on the EP Lunar Prelude (2016).

It's pretty easy to try to compare Delain with what Within Temptation does. After all Delain was formed by Martijn Westerholt (keyboards), whose brother is Robert Westerholt, guitarist/harsh vocalist of Within Temptation and was in the band himself before having to quit for health reasons. Maybe some of Delain's earlier work could have been put on the same page as the commercial sounding symphonic metal that Within Temptation currently makes, but in a reversal of situations Delain actually seems to be moving further and further away from that sort of thing, even more so with Moonbathers than ever before. Though still very different bands, I feel as if Moonbathers is a step towards what a band like Epica produces, especially in regard to some of the instrumental work featured on the album, as heard in a track such as The Glory and the Scum. Now, I love me a bit of Within Temptation regardless of era, they're very good at what they do, but I can only see this as a positive thing for Delain. It makes them more interesting to listen to – my issue with their early work was not that I thought it was bad, more like unremarkable. Whereas these days they hold my attention much, much better.

So on that note I think it's safe to say that I find Moonbathers to be the most accomplished Delain album yet. Issues that I still had with The Human Contradiction have been improved upon here, especially their actual symphonic elements which I find much better this time, with some nice melodies and powerful bits. They do of course include an obligatory softer ballad in the form of Chrysalis - The Last Breath and some parts, notably the Queen cover, still push towards a commercial sound, but I think that's to be expected with some metal genres more than others, symphonic being one of them, though to my ears Delain have thrown off the more alternative metal elements that were present on the last album with Moonbathers. I certainly can't help but be drawn into infectious anthemic tracks like Suckerpunch, but it's ones like The Glory and the Scum, Hands of Gold and Fire With Fire that hit the spot the most.

Moonbathers is not a perfect album by any means. Apart from Alissa White-Gluz's vocals on Hands of Gold I don't find the other uses of harsh vocals on the album to be that strong and as such I don't feel that they add as much of an extreme metal edge as the band seem to be going for, and most of the time I don't feel that their songs need it either, as lead singer Charlotte Wessels handles the songs well on her own. But it is Delain's best album to date that the first one that's really drawn me into giving it several quick successive listens (in fact I've already played this one more than any other Delain album); I did enjoy The Human Contradiction quite a lot, but it wasn't able to hook me quite like this one has.

DELAIN The Human Contradiction

Album · 2014 · Symphonic Metal
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The Human Contradiction (2014) is the fourth full-length album by Dutch symphonic metal act Delain. Like with the first two Delain releases The Human Contradiction features guest vocals from Nightwish/Tarot vocalist Marco Hietala, as well as former The Agonist and current Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, former Orphanage growler George Oosthoek and finally Oliver Philipps of the progressive rock/metal act Everon. The latter also provided some additional guitars for the album as did regular Delain collaborator Guus Eikens (also formerly of Orphanage) while some additional drums have been performed by Within Temptation's Mike Coolen and fill-in live drummer Ruben Israël.

I think that we all have bands that, despite belonging to a genre we really enjoy, we just don't like, for whatever reason. For me the genre is symphonic metal and the band is Delain. Despite what I've heard from them being comparable to Within Temptation up to a point, and Within Temptation being one of the best symphonic metal acts in my opinion, I haven't really been able to enjoy the Delain past releases that I've tried. I don't hate them by any means but I have found them boring. Because of this I very nearly overlooked The Human Contradiction, despite receiving a promo invite for it. After all us reviewers get a lot of promo releases, more than we can humanly review so why dedicate the time to something you're sure you're not going to enjoy? Well the clincher was that a friend of mine happened to see the band live supporting Within Temptation and was very impressed by them. The promo copy was sitting there and as The Human Contradiction isn't an overlong album at 42 minutes I figured I really didn't have anything to lose by giving Delain a clean slate and another go.

Well I was certainly in for a pleasant surprise. The Human Contradiction is easily the best Delain release I've tried yet. Stylistically the band differs from the normal symphonic metal approach in that they have a bit more modern alternative metal influence to their guitar riffs. Symphonic metal releases that don't have at least a few elements of something else are actually rare, but compared to the usual suspects of power metal or gothic metal elements Delain does stand out on The Human Contradiction as having that little something different. It isn't exactly major; although less overtly poppy my earlier comparison to Within Temptation is still more or less valid. It's easy to tell the work of the two band's apart though, we're not talking a clone act here. Singer Charlotte Wessels in particular has a very different vocal tone to Within Temptation's Sharon den Adel and a non-operatic way of singing that adds to the album's alternative metal vibes and further sets the release apart from the more numerous operatic voiced acts.

Although it is a major step in the right direction, with tracks such as Here Come the Vultures, My Masquerade, Army of Dolls and The Tragedy of the Commons standing out the most I still must say that I feel Delain are on the lower end of all the symphonic metal acts whose music I've listened to, but they are now at least an act I can say I've finally managed to enjoy. The Human Contradiction is light years ahead of everything else I've heard from Delain up until this point. My major issue with it really is that their symphonic elements aren't always as grand as they could be, although there certainly are some good examples of them as in Sing to Me. I'm otherwise impressed with the songs on the album, especially with the way there are different moods on offer ranging from the catchy to the extreme metal influenced and it's left me really keen to hear how the band might expand on the sound of the album in the future.

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