Delain – Moonbathers (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - Moonbathers - Album CoverI’ll be damned, time flies really fast. It is already ten years and five full length albums down the road for the Dutch Symphonic and Gothic Metal band Delain. Now crowned with their latest record Moonbathers

Already their very first album Lucidity impressed me greatly. To find a début of an unknown band at such a level of professionalism was astounding. The whole record exuded a freshness and carefree attitude that – sadly – started lacking on future albums. And of course the undeniable vocal powers – then and now – of Charlotte Wessels contributed greatly to the success of the band. April Rain – their second – followed in the same footsteps.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Delain – The Human Contradiction (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - Human Contradiction - Album CoverWell, how to classify Delain‘s latest concoction The Human Contradiction? Still Delain, but a more sanitized, more mainstream version of their former, fresher self. And with former I mean before the album We are the Others that got itself a bit too much into the Pop Rock arena for its own good.

Their 2014 and 4th studio album The Human Contradiction very much reminds oneself of the look and feel of the latest Within Temptation development, but – perhaps – this is way too simplistic. Methinks that they actually did better than Within Temptation‘s Hydra, which is and ever will be a mediocre record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Delain – Lucidity (2006) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - Lucidity - Album CoverLucidity is the first time the Dutch boys and girls of Delain really started to manifest themselves. And – WHAM – they produce something this good and with their very own brand. This is astonishing in a way and yet again not surprising.

The band was founded by Martijn Westerholt back in 2002,  who – I am told – had to leave Within Temptation after Mother Earth for health reasons. Most definitely, the change has been a good thing. And – as the saying goes – sometimes things seem to happen for a reason.  

As of the first track Sever you can feel that the influence of Within Temptation and Nightwish with a hint of Lacuna Coil undoubtedly is there.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Delain – April Rain (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Delain - April Rain - Album CoverKind of closely following their late 2006 album Lucidity in style, April Rain Delain‘s 2009 Symphonic and Gothic Metal concoction – is nevertheless a step up in speed and overall juice. 

Nightwish remains a clear influence in this new record too. The style of which is clearly brought to the forefront by Marco Hietala‘s excellent contribution to this album. As in the track Control The Storm that really takes off with some typical raw power Marco usually brings to the party. The consequence – however – is that at times the production sounds a bit too much like Nightwish itself. To the point of causing Delain almost losing its identity at some point. Got hooked? Raid this some more...