Delain - Biography




Delain is a gothic metal flavoured act founded in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboard player Martijn Westerholt. Although fronted by Anne Invernizzi the band also employed guest lead vocals from Orphanage's George Oosthoek for their first demo Amenity. In May 2005 Delain's debut album was recorded at Spacelab Studios in Kempen, Germany. Handling drums in the studio would be God Dethroned's Ariën van Weesenbeek.

The album, entitled Lucidity was released in September 2006 through Roadrunner Records and boasted a wealth of high profile guest players including Ancient Rites and Lacrimosa guitarist Jan Yrlund, Epica's Ad Sluijter, former Orphanage members George Oosterhoek and Guus Eikens and Within Temptation's Sharon Den Adel. Nightwish's Marco Hietala and Liv Kristine of Leaves' Eyes duetted on the track "Day For Ghosts". Both Kristine and Charlotte Wessels vocalised on "See Me In Shadow".

In 2008 drummer Sander Zoer featured with The Comeback, an ambitious conceptual project, involving an album and a graphic novel comic strip based on the character of a rock star in a coma, led by Cardamon and Soulstitia musician Kevin Storm.

The group's 2009 album April Rain, entered the German Media Control chart at no. 96. Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala sang guest male vocals on two tracks. The album released in North America on 30th June via Sensory Records, adding an extra track "Come Closer". The band featured on the bill of the Epica headlined Metal Female Voices Fest VII on 17th October 2009 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. Delain acted as the headliner of the Femme Metal festival, taking place 8th November 2009 at the King's Hall in Herne Bay, Kent, United Kingdom.

(Source: MusicMight (ex-Rockdetector), 22.1.2015)

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain have come a long way since their debuting record. Having toured the globe and carved their niche within the genre, the band is now preparing for the release of their upcoming fourth studio record. Delain have proudly revealed the front cover and track listing of their upcoming record The Human Contradiction that is scheduled for a release in April 2014 by Napalm Records.

The Human Contradiction is Delain's fourth studio album, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2012 release We Are The Others, which saw the band touring the globe and entering charts across Europe. Against the backdrop of this massive touring and releasing their special record Interlude which was introduced to the masses less then a year ago, Delain find themselves at top productivity with their upcoming 2014 release of The Human Contradiction, which is set to meet and exceed expectations set by its predecessors.

If anything, this productive flow of creative juices comes from Delain taking matters into their own hands for the creation of The Human Contradiction. Besides relying more heavily then ever on the team effort of Delain's writing team consisting of Delain founder and keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, singer Charlotte Wessels and their long time musical partner Guus Eikens, Delain takes matters in their own hands by having Westerholt back in his trusted producer chair.

The record was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at the legendary Fredman Studio's and mastered by Grammy Award winning Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, whose impressive credits include everything from Madonna and Billy Joel, to Muse, Marilyn Manson and Slipknot. The result is a massive sounding collection of songs in which you will be able to recognize Delain's recent sound, but which forefronts the more dark symphonic approach of their earlier work. Elaborate orchestral sounds and the return of prominent grunts are prevalent on the album which features longer, elaborate tracks, with dark edges.

One of the signature trades of Delain's records has been the presence of guest musicians, and The Human Contradiction is no exception. Prominent is the much anticipated return of vocal force Marco Hietala on the powerful number "Your Body Is A Battleground" and the melancholic "Sing To Me". Another surprise is the appearance of iconic screamer Alissa White-Gluz on the epic album finale "The Tragedy Of The Commons", showcasing both her clean vocals and her impressive signature screams.

Returning to the roots of their debut record Lucidity, The Human Contradiction also features George Oosthoek laying down some brutal grunts on the heavy "Tell Me, Mechanist".

Delain will return to the road to introduce The Human Contradiction to the world, starting with Dutch club shows in March, continuing in April when they join Dutch rock force Within Temptation on a full fledged European tour, followed by a festival season that will see its finale in a grand USA tour with Sonata Arctica and Xandria in September.

(Source: Facebook, 22.1.2015)