A few bands had broken apart from the typical female fronted stereotype that ruled the 90’s until the early 2000’s and Delain its one of those bands. Envisioned as a project by Martijn Westerholt (Ex-Within Temptation) and Charlotte Wessels in 2001. But it was until 2005 that Delain recorded their first album Lucidity via Roadrunner Records. This album was a showcase of talent and collaboration with already known musicians like Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Liv Kristine Espenæs (Leaves Eyes), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), and many others.
After the success of their first album and festivals shows like Graspop Metal Meeting & Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium, Delain released April Rain in February 2009 followed by an extensive tour supporting the album that included Wacken Open Air in Germany, a second time in Grapop Metal Meeting, and their first and only show in the US at ProgPower USA IX in Atlanta, GA in 2010.
This year Delain returns with a new album We Are The Others an album in which the band experiments with new sounds and styles. The album opens with Mother Machine a song full of industrial elements that work pretty well with Charlotte‘s voice and shows the band from a different perspective. Electricity is a catchy song that let Martijn‘s imagination run free on the keyboards, this allows the song to have a more electronic vibe that mixed up with the heaviness of the guitars results in a great musical piece. We Are The Others is the title track of the album, and carries the message of the album within it. The heartbreaking story of Sophie Lancaster, a British girl beaten to death for her goth appearance by a group of teens back in 2007, a clear call for tolerance and respect for everyone’s differences.
Milk And Honey is a slow paced song about breaking apart from that person that you once thought it was the one. Hit Me With Your Best Shot (not the Pat Benatar cover) is such electrifying and eclectic song, that let Charlotte‘s voice play different roles in the music itself. I Want You is a beautiful ballad that gives balance to the record, and let the heart messages go wild. Where Is The Blood, is a song that features a duet with Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) a typical Delain song that talks about the reality of relationships, when the two parties are on fault from the beginning. Generation Me is a hard rock song that again gives the album a new direction, and showcases the potential of Delain‘s music to a new level.
Babylon is a futuristic song about humanity, beliefs and carry on with life all wrapped up on a great symphonic background that expose the musical roots of the band. Are You Done With Me reminds me at the Swedish band The Cardigans. A very 90’s song with a perfect mix of rock and electronic elements, and the idea behind leaving that once important person and moving on. Get The Devil Out Of Me was the first glance that the band presented last year about the album. A solid song with a lot of musical elements going on, and twist on Charlotte‘s voice, with lyrics talking about abandonment, and keeping on with life. Not Enough closes the album with a more subtle sound full of keyboards and catchy guitar riffs. A very fun song to listen on the road I would say.
The album also includes live versions of The Gathering, Control The Storm, Shattered and Sleepwalkers Dream. Overall the album is way different in what Delain did on April Rain, is more experimental and daring to try with new sounds and not afraid to mix elements from other musical genres. The lyrics are more about real risk on relationships, tolerance and moving on in life.
1. Mother Machine
3. We Are The Others
4. Milk And Honey
5. Hit Me With Your Best Shot
6. I Want You
7. Where Is The Blood (feat. Burton C. Bell)
8. Generation Me
10. Are You Done With Me
11. Get The Devil Out Of Me
12. Not Enough