Delain is a band that has won the minds and hearts of crowds around the United States, whether is their music, their message, their stage presence, or perhaps that faithfulness in the American market that keep them coming back every year since their first US tour in 2013. This year they came back to AZ and played in AZ yet in a different venue at a different city, but to a crowd that passionately received their music.
This was their four consecutive tour in the US and so far one of the most successful, as they had played sold out venue after sold out venues across the country. It might have been that the fact that they are supporting Nightwish along with Sonata Arctica making this tour a must see/must go show, but regardless they received a huge response during their first time in Tucson, AZ last week.
But, how they tour the US every year without falling into the routine of delivering the same show over and over? Well, Delain seems to know how to come up with something new every year and with every tour, in 2013 it was the introduction tour and part of We Are The Others, 2014 brought We Are The Others to an end and a hint of their new album, 2015 they came back with The Human Contradiction tour, and 2016 their visit was marked with the release of the EP Lunar Prelude.
We had the pleasure of listening to the première of their new songs Suckerpunch and a new version of Don’t Let Go at 70000 Tons of Metal, but at the Tucson show we got to hear Turn The Lights Out along with Army of Dolls, Get The Devil Out Of Me, Mother Machine and Not Enough, Indeed a short set, but it was a dense set as we not only got to listened new songs, but it gave us the opportunity to get to know their new guitar player Merel Bechtold who joined the band full-time last year, Unfortunately, bass player Otto Schimmelpenninck could not be part of the tour this year as he is about to become a father (at any time now).
After their set we had the pleasure to sat down with Martijn Westerholt keyboardist, composer and founder member of Delain, we talked about the US tour, Lunar Prelude, their upcoming studio album, the possibility of a future US headlining tour and their experience at 70000 Tons of Metal.