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Delain announce release date for new video for Are You Done With Me?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 19th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dutch symphonic rockers Delain have announced the release date for the video for their latest single Are You Done With Me? The video will be release tomorrow (20th June).

Delain online:

http://www.delain.nl
http://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

 

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The Dames of Darkness Festival 2013 – Bilston, UK

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24th May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Delain, Visions of Atlantis and more
The Robin 2, Bilston, UK
Saturday 11th May 2013

For the first time in five years, The Dames of Darkness was set to return with one hell of a line-up. Featuring Delain as the headliners and Visions of Atlantis as main support, what more could be asked for? Well, how about six more bands from all around the UK and Europe, including Azylya, Ex Libris, Chemikill and more.

Beginning the day were melo-power metallers Incarna. Fronted by the innocent looking Emily, the four piece band stood out from other bands on the bill, dropping the use of keyboards (as is found with so many “female-fronted” bands on the scene) for a sound with more balls, more emotion and more crunchy riffs. Belting out enchanting melodies and a near operatic vocal sound, the 400 plus crowd were clearly mesmerized by Incarna; and who wouldn’t be after such a powerful and emotive performance? [5/5]

Chemikill brought a more thrashy, in-your-face sound with them – sort of what Megadeth would sound like if Mustaine was born a chick. The riffs were gritty and violent, contrasting with the ruthless drumming and the thundering bass and even during in the performance of the more calm track Wych, Chemikill were proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. The band’s frontwoman, Natalie, certainly knew how to work the crowd; whipping them into a near-bloody frenzy, with fist pumping and chanting. Natalie’s vocals were definitely one of the most impressive things about Chemikill’s set; incorporating growls and cleans vocals, as well as a more belting style as well. [4/5]

Following Chemikill were the Dutch powerhouse Ex Libris (Latin for “from the books”), fronted by the soprano Dianne, who took to the stage like a Gothic Aphrodite. The band sound was heavier and darker than could have been expected for anyone who wasn’t familiar with their music and it was made more mystifying by the overwhelming vocal range of Dianne, which was demonstrated to its full an extent during in their softer songs. The use of the ethereal keyboard passages and melodic guitar sections helped to emphasise the band’s dark sound that was beautifully portrayed throughout their performance. [4.5/5]

Playing the UK for the first time, Azylya brought with them a heavy Gothic sound mixed with in frontwoman Jamie-Lee’s performance art. Jamie-Lee’s vocals came out a like a siren’s call, luring the crowd into the rocks that was the band’s guitar-driven sound blended with the more death metal-based vocals of Yohann. Disappointingly though, the keyboards that make up the Gothic part of Azylya’s sound were played back, though it still helped to the eerie atmosphere of their performance. [4/5]

Apparition, the host band of The Dames of Darkness, belted out their own distinct brand of darkened rock and metal, with vocals that resembled the likes of Floor Jansen, Amy Lee and Anette Olzen. The cumbersome use of bass differed from the calmer yet aggressive use of guitars, though there were parts during in Apparition’s set that the guitars were barely audible due to technical issues. Barring the tech issues, Apparition still played a blistering set. [4.7/5]

With powerful and refined vocals and stage presence aplenty, Whyzdom went down a treat. The French “philharmonic metal” sextet blasted their way through an aphotic set with staunch symphonic elements and colossal riffs. The male vocals weren’t very inspiring and sounded flat compared to grandiose sound of Whyzdom. Lead vocalist Marie appeared to be in her element as she kept the crowd entranced with her soothing voice, one that added a certain Cimmerian touch to the performance. [4.5/5]

This was the second time that Visions of Atlantis had come to the UK, but the first time that they played a British festival and they were definitely one of the most anticipated bands of the night. Despite the fact that Maxi mistook Bilston for Birmingham, she worked to the crowd to her favour as did co-vocalist, Mario. The symphonic passages had a certain hypnotising and overwhelming effect to them, strengthening the band’s overall sound and making up for a lack of bass. Mario and Maxi proved to be a great duo, vocally; adding a new depth of emotion to VoA’s music though there were some issues with the microphones that Mario was using. The guitar sections were played with razor-sharp precision and energy, working well with the keyboards and drums. [5/5]

And then came Delain, who proved to have a strong live presence as well as a solid live sound, that made their studio work pale in comparison. Playing a set that featured songs from all four of their albums, everything seemed to meld together in perfect harmony. Charlotte sounded to be on top form as the keyboards, courtesy of Martijn, beautifully accompanied Charlotte’s vocals. The guitar and bass passages belted out harder than a leather belt being struck across the face. See Me In The Shadows was definitely one of the best parts of Delain’s performance at Dames of Darkness, though some of their newer material was extremely enjoyable as well. [4.5/5]

The Dames of Darkness Festival certainly had some of the UK’s and Europe’s best “female-fronted metal” bands with a great crowd from beginning to end. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another five years for the next one. And while it might be a bit adventurous to say at the moment, with festival season only around the corner, The Dames of Darkness might go down in the books as the best UK festival of 2013.

Nico Davidson

Interview with Martijn Westerholt [Delain]

Posted in Featured, Interview with tags , , , , , , , on 17th May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Delain recently headlined the Dames of Darkness Festival in Bilston, near Wolverhampton and Nico was able to grab hold of the band’s founding member, main songwriter and keyboardist, Martijn, for a chat about all things Delain, the band’s recent move to Napalm Records and other things.

Nico: Hi Martijn, it’s nice to finally meet you. How are you doing?

Martijn: I’m fine, I’m great thanks.

N: Good to hear. Our first question actually comes from a fan: which albums have inspired you to become a musician?

M: That’s a good one..Well I don’t know if albums triggered me to become a musician, but my first albums I bought were We Can’t Dance, by Genesis, an album from The Police I think. And slowly the music became a little bit harder and noisier. So it just evolved like that.

N: In your opinion, what are the best and worst parts about being in a band?

M: The best parts are that you meet a lot of people from a lot of cultures. You come in a lot of places. It’s not like people think, that you do a lot of sightseeing, because most of the time you don’t have time for that. But in general of course you do see a lot of places and that’s very nice. Perhaps the best thing about being a musician is that if you write music, it ends up on your album and you see an album being born. That’s terrific, that’s magic. And that’s one of the best parts I think. The worst is that its hard work and you have to be creative with financial means. It’s a lot of pressure. People always have an opinion about you or about your music so you have to deal with that otherwise you shouldn’t be a musician. I think that’s the bad thing.

N: Delain’s most recent two albums, We Are The Others and Interlude have a more accessible sound than the previous two albums. Do you think this is the sort of sound Delain is going to be going for in the future?

M: To be very honest, it’s not that we do something like that deliberately; like ‘okay let’s make a softer album now’. For example with Interlude we had a lot of material which we didn’t use yet and we had a lot of requests from fans asking for releasing a DVD, releasing special material and that’s what we did. Coincidence had it that this was more of the softer material. And with our last full album We Are The Others, we just went with the flow and it can be open to use grunts again in the next album for example. I just don’t know, it’s about what comes out of your mind and then we go with the flow and see what happens.

N: Earlier this year Delain signed to Napalm Records. What were the reasons behind moving from Roadrunner Records to Napalm?

M: Well, Roadrunner was bought by Warner, like the big label who people also know from movies for example. Their music department is Warner Music and they bought Roadrunner. They fired a lot of people and I actually saw this label going down, which was a shame. They originated in Holland actually, they were a really big label, a really good label. But when we released We Are The Others there was a transition going on and for us it was really, really bad. It were really hard times and fortunately at a certain point we were free to go. And then we talked to a lot of other labels and we ended up with Napalm because Napalm thought the same about what direction we wanted to go. It was the best deal and I think this label fits us really well. We are also as of yet still very satisfied to work with them and from what I understand also the other way around. So it’s good that we changed.

N: Recently you [Delain] released Interlude and just last year you released We are the Others. Have Delain started writing any new material for the next album?

M: Absolutely, we’re very busy with that right now because we would like to release a new album beginning 2014. Then we’re going to play with Within Temptation. It would be very nice if we can release around that time. On the other hand you can never control a creative process. You can stimulate and guide it to a specific direction and the more time you have to write the faster it will go of course. But it’s going to be a challenge to get it done but we’re working on it. So we’re writing new material as we speak.

N: Will there be any main concepts within the new material, like with We Are The Others it was celebrating being different and not being part of what society classifies as the norm.

M: In general we do aim to have a general theme in an album, but we’re not there yet. So for now I don’t know, I just don’t know.

N: Obviously big things have been happening for Delain this year: signing to Napalm Records and being announced being to tour with Within Temptation early next year. What does it feel like to suddenly have a huge buzz around you since the release of We Are The Others?

M: That’s of course very good, it’s always good for a band to have a big buzz going on. Actually, last year was very difficult for us when we were still at Roadrunner. I even thought about quitting completely because what we wanted with that album didn’t happen. People who we worked with for a very long time were going and now it’s completely turned around, flipped over to a very positive vibe and it can go very fast. I’m very happy about that and it supports the band members as well of course, having this buzz going on. I’m really happy with that.

N: When it comes to writing new material, where do you draw your inspiration from?

M: It can be a lot of things. It can be a song I heard, a movie I’ve seen. Most of the time it’s just feeling like writing and then things come out. There’s not really a concrete thing which makes me write. It’s just a general urge to make some music. Most of the time we’re together: me, Charlotte and our current writer Guus. We work together on it and it just happens.

N: Which band, excluding your own band Delain, would you say is your favourite on the symphonic metal scene at the moment?

M: That’s a good one! I’ve always been a fan of Nightwish. I’ve been a fan of the writing of Tuomas, so I would say Nightwish.

N: Are there any other plans for Delain this year besides playing at Dames of Darkness and playing the Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium in October?

M: We’re doing a really special show, it’s actually our last show, in November in Holland. That’s going to be a really special one with special effects, guests etc. And we’re going to do the support tour of Kamelot for the US in September. And then it’s writing and recording new material.

N: Out of the two current tours that you’ve got coming up, which one would you say is the one you are looking forward to the most?

M: That’s a good one..I think our special show is one I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to all of them actually. And I’m looking forward to the tour for the US because I like the country a lot. And I’m looking forward to seeing new places so I look forward to that as well.

N: If you could replace the soundtrack to any film with your own music, which one would it be and why?

M: The soundtrack? That’s a good one…That’s a difficult one…I think We Are The Others would fit a movie very well. So I would take We Are The Others but if I have to choose one movie now… Perhaps a Marvel movie, like The Avengers or something like that, or Iron Man. I would like that very much.

N: Sounds like good choices. Do you have anything you would like to say to our readers before we finish up?

M: I hope that they like our latest release very much. I hope they can enjoy it and I hope to see them soon at a show. That would be nice.

N: Thank you for your time Martijn, have a good show tonight.

M: Thanks a lot!

 

Delain online:

http://www.delain.nl
https://www.facebook.com/delainmusic/
https://twitter.com/delainmusic

 

Delain – Interlude

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 3rd May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Delain
Interlude
Released 6th May 2013
Symphonic Metal
Released via Napalm Records

Delain have fast become one of the most talked about bands on the global symphonic metal scene, with an appearance coming up at Metal Female Voices Festival later this year, and a headline slot at The Dames of Darkness Festival in the UK, as well as the recent signing to Napalm Records and being announced as support on the first leg of Within Temptation’s 2014 world tour. Interlude is the band’s fourth official release, featuring a mixture of new and live material.

The new material on the album shows another change in the band’s sound, whilst still retaining some of the accessible sound that was heard on We Are The Others. Charlotte’s vocals prove to be heavenly yet powerful, piercing through the music like an arrow breaking through flesh. The symphonic passages, conjured by Martjin, are heavier than expected with subtle dashes of tragedy and sorrow here and there. Martjin’s use of the keyboard really shines out on the track Collars And Suits, providing emphasis on the song’s sound and weaving between the guitars and bass, provided by Timo and Otto respectively. The new single mix version of Are You Done With Me blasts out a new level of emotive sounds.

Such A Shame is the track that lacks in strength for the most part, being unsuccessful in being an exciting or memorable track, which is a shame as Sander’s drum workings have quite the flare to them through the song. The acoustic medleys of Cordell make for gentle listening, displaying a new dynamic with Charlotte’s voice. The title track from Delain’s 2012 release, We Are The Others, makes an appearance as a refreshingly entrancing ballad version where the chilling piano work and soulful vocals make quite the team, making for a touching sound.

The live tracks on the album are made up mostly from the band’s 2012 release, with only Invidia take from the April Rain album. The live atmosphere of the songs give them more oomph, for lack of a better word and they really demonstrate the strength of Charlotte’s vocals, as well as the precision that the band execute in their songs.

On the first listen of Interlude, it’s easy to see why Delain have become one of the biggest bands on the symphonic metal scene. With an accessible sound and solid song writing, the band clearly have a bright future ahead of them and if they keep belting out tracks like Collars And Suits and Breathe On Me, Delain will soon be reaching the same heights as Within Temptation and Nightwish.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Delain will be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival in Bilston, near Wolverhampton, on Saturday 11th May. Delain have also been confirmed to support Within Temptation on the first leg of their world tour. Tour dates can be found here.

Delain online:

http://site.delain.nl
http://www.facebook.com/delainmusic
http://www.myspace.com/delainmusic

 

Delain confirmed for MFVF in Belgium

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 14th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Symphonic rockers Delain have been announced for the Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium, which is regarded by many fans as one of the world’s best festivals for “female-fronted” metal acts. Delain will be joining the likes of ReVamp and Stream of Passion, amongst others in October. The Metal Female Voices Festival will take palce from 18th – 20th October later this year at Oktoberhallen, Wieze in Belgium.

Delain recently signed to Napalm Records and will be releasing a special album, titled Interlude, that will feature brand new material, DVD footage and remixes and special versions of other Delain tracks. UK fans will also have the chance to see Delain at this year’s Dames of Darkness Festival at The Robin 2, in Bilston, near Wolverhampton.

Details of The Dames of Darkness Festival and be found here. Information and tickets for the Metal Female Voices Festival can be located here.

 

Five reasons to get your ass to Dames of Darkness

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on 30th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

With The Dames of Darkness Festival return in less than six months time, we decided it would be a great reason to list a few reasons to as why you should get your asses to it.

5. VISIONS OF ATLANTIS PLAYING THEIR FIRST UK FESTIVAL

That’s right, folks. Austrian symphonic metallers are finally playing a UK festival.

4.  BOOBS

Yeah, I said boobs. But let’s get serious now. You can everyone you talk to on Facebook at the event. C’mon, don’t lie. We all know you talk to other fans of “female-fronted metal”.

3. NO DRUNKS DESTROYING YOUR TENTS

Because you won’t need tents for the fest, which means less time setting up and more time drinking!

2. TO MAKE THE EVENT A SUCCESS

So then we can start seeing bigger bands from the UK and Europe (i.e. Leaves’ Eyes, Epica, etc)

1. DELAIN ARE HEADLINING

And they’re playing for over an hour from what we’ve been told.

The Dames Of Darkness Festival will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton on Saturday 11th May. Advance tickets are available for £22 from this location. Hopefully, we’ll see you guys there.