Delain disband! May we live in interesting times.

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Apocalypse & Chill, right?

Today, on 15 February 2021, Delain announced that they will disband. Or – at least – the outfit will cease to exist in the form known to the music industry for many years. This sounds like that apocalypse theory the band so vividly touted in their last album. And now it is also time to chill because Delain will not end its existence. But the band will – in a manner of speaking – morph into another entity.

Martijn Westerholt announced that the – quote – “…collaboration within the band ceased to work as [...] Click to raid more!

Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish!

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May we live in interesting times, right? The bad – or strange – news never stops, and we’re in for more in 2021.

Nightwish‘s Marko Hietala has decided to quit the band with immediate effect and to – in his words – “…leave public life.” It appears that during the terrible last year, he had second thoughts about his life as a musician and the music industry as a whole. Which – wisely – led him to take a time-out and leave one of the greatest Symphonic Metal bands of all time. And that is a pity.

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2020 – A disappointment for Symphonic Metal?

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Once the end of 2019 approached, an interesting scenario around Symphonic Metal emerged. Three biggies in the genre – Nightwish, Diabulus in Musica, and Delain – all announced a release of their newest and – hopefully – best ever concoction.

A stellar prospect that stirred up quite some excitement around the RMR deck crew over here. We started to have fever dreams of new grandeur, of a knock-out punch that would catapult this once great genre to new beginnings and old glories revisited.

Maybe it was a bout of insane positive thinking, because – somehow – Within Temptation[...] Click to raid more!

Delain – Apocalypse & Chill (2020) – Review

Last updated on 15 February 2021

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Let the epic battle begin, first shots have been fired.

2020 finds us with three Symphonic Metal masters lined up like ducks in a row. First will be Delain with Apocalypse & Chill. Then, Diabulus in Musica threatened to come online a bit later. And – last, but not least – Nightwish will be playing the rearguard in April.

How neat of them all to get into creative gear at that very same moment. And the RMR deck crew really can’t wait to find out who on earth will … [...] Click to raid more!