I heard about Delain from the first time at a Nightwish concert back in 2007, during a conversation with an old friend, after research them and order a copy of their debut album Lucidity, they blew my mind, as by that time the project was more like the pilot for a super group.
In early 2009 they released April Rain, and even though they had some guesses on the album, their sound was becoming more unique in comparison at what gothic bands were trying out at the time. At the end of 2009 it was announced their inclusion in the line up for ProgPower USA XI as their first ever show in America, without hesitation I bought my tickets and flew to Atlanta in September 2010. Their show was amazing as they were the band that stole the show at that edition of the festival.
At the beginning of 2013 it was announced that Delain was confirmed to tour North America for the first time supporting Kamelot during the fall. So I decided that I have to see them at least twice during that tour. I flew to Anaheim, CA last Saturday to see their show at The Grove of Anaheim, and returned Sunday morning to catch their show here in Tempe, AZ at Club Red.
Both shows were different due to the size and style of the venues. In Anaheim the stage and the theater style of the venue were big, so it allowed more space for the band on stage, and more people in the audience. Their show was energetic and really powerful. With a set list that featured material from Lucidity (Sleepwalkers Dream, The Gathering), April Rain (Go Away, Invidia, Virtue and Vice), and We Are The Others (Mother Machine, Get The Devil Out Of Me, Electricity, Not Enough, We Are The Others). they got an amazing response from the crowd which was a mixture of fans of the band, new fans, and people who had heard of them before. But at the end of the show it was more new fans as their merch booth was filled with people getting CD’s, T-shirts, and beanies.
Their show next day at Club Red in Tempe, AZ was a small club show, which made it for a more intimate setting, it was like everyone was on the pit during their show, and their didn’t disappoint at all. The same energy and passion that they presented at their show the night before in Anaheim, it was the same they presented at the show in Tempe. Regardless that they had some technical issues which gave the show a bonus as the band jammed Michael Jackson‘s Beat it, and everyone on the crowd enjoyed the jam, and support their show to the end, I believe it was more of a bonus rather than an issue. At the end of their set the crowd was content with their show, and new fans were gain as many people I spoke with told me how great was their music and show.
Overall it was a great couple of shows. From a band that has grown from a project, all the way to be one of the most representative band in symphonic gothic metal today. I have not doubt we will see them again in North America, perhaps a headlining tour for the next time.
During their stop in Tempe, AZ we had the chance to seat and talk with Charlotte Wessels vocalist of Delain. We talked about the tour, their recent album Interlude, their plans for their Masquerade show in Holland this upcoming November, and much more.