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Delain performing live at Epic Metal Fest, 2015.
Background information
Origin Zwolle, Netherlands
Years active2002, 2005–present
Labels CNR, Roadrunner, Napalm
Associated acts Epica, Within Temptation, Purest of Pain, Lesoir, Phantasma, Vengeance, MaYaN, Sharon Den Adel
Members Martijn Westerholt
Charlotte Wessels
Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije
Timo Somers
Joey de Boer
Past members Rob van der Loo
Ronald Landa
Ray van Lente
Ewout Pieters
Sander Zoer
Merel Bechtold
Ruben Israel

Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and Charlotte Wessels. The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King's novel, The Eyes of the Dragon . [1]

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba—it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

Symphonic metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which combines the heavy drums and guitars of metal with different elements of orchestral classical music, such as symphonic instruments, choirs and sometimes a full orchestra. Keyboards reminiscent of power metal are also sometimes featured.

Within Temptation symphonic metal band from the Netherlands

Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. They have always been classified by critics as gothic metal, although the "gothic" influence varies with each album. Their most prominent and well-known sound is described as symphonic metal, although their earlier material, such as debut album Enter, was mostly gothic metal, with Enter also having a hint of doom metal. In an interview, den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences. In a later interview with Dutch music platform 3VOOR12, den Adel stated that "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band ... in my opinion, we are no gothic band".



Amenity demo (2002)

In 2002, Westerholt formed Delain, after he was forced to leave Within Temptation due to Pfeiffer's disease. In the same year, they independently released the demo Amenity . After the demo, Westerholt temporarily left the project behind but continued to write music.

<i>Amenity</i> (demo) 2002 demo album by Delain

Amenity is the first demo of the Dutch Symphonic metal band Delain. It was released in 2002. Martijn Westerholt, founder of Delain, doesn't regard this as the beginning of Delain: "I tried a few songs with local musicians, but it did not work, it did not really bring me what I was looking for."

Lucidity (2005–2007)

In 2005, he joined with Charlotte Wessels, and was signed to Roadrunner Records. At the time, the band was envisioned as a musical project featuring a host of guest musicians, and not as a live band.

Charlotte Wessels Dutch singer

Johanna Charlotte Wessels is a Dutch singer-songwriter who was born in Zwolle, Netherlands. She is best known as the lead vocalist for the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. She is also in the symphonic rock musical group called Phantasma.

Roadrunner Records is an American record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal and hard rock bands. It is a division of Warner Music Group and is based in New York City.

Lucidity brought to fruition Westerholt's dream of a musical project, featuring many well-known musicians from the metal community: Marco Hietala from Nightwish and Tarot (bass, vocals), Liv Kristine from Leaves' Eyes (vocals), Ariën van Weesenbeek from ex-God Dethroned, Epica (drums), Ad Sluijter from ex-Epica (guitar), George Oosthoek (growling) and Guus Eikens, both former members of Orphanage, Sharon den Adel from Within Temptation (vocals) and Jan Yrlund from Imperia (guitar).

<i>Lucidity</i> (album) 2006 studio album by Delain

Lucidity is the debut full-length album by the Dutch symphonic metal band, Delain. It was released on September 4, 2006 by Roadrunner Records. It was released in the USA by Sensory Records on June 22, 2010. In 2016 the band celebrated their 10th anniversary by re-releasing the album.

Marco Hietala Finnish musician

Marko Tapani "Marco" Hietala is a Finnish heavy metal vocalist, bassist and songwriter. Internationally, he is most known as the current bassist, male vocalist and secondary composer to Tuomas Holopainen, of the symphonic metal band Nightwish. He is also the vocalist and bassist as well as composer and lyricist for the heavy metal band Tarot.

Nightwish Finnish symphonic metal band

Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of their debut album, Angels Fall First (1997). In 2001, Vänskä was replaced by Marco Hietala, who also took over the male vocalist role previously filled by Holopainen or guest singers.

The vocalist, Charlotte Wessels, during a concert in 2006. Delain p60.JPG
The vocalist, Charlotte Wessels, during a concert in 2006.

Despite many delays, Lucidity was released in September 2006, to generally positive reviews. The album spawned three singles: Frozen, See Me In Shadow and The Gathering, and the response to the album allowed Delain to tour in support in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries. Rob van der Loo, Ronald Landa and Sander Zoer were added on bass, guitar and drums respectively to round out the live band.

Frozen (Delain song) first single of the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain

"Frozen" is the first single of the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. It was released on January 8, 2007 by Roadrunner Records.

April Rain (2008–2010)

At the end of 2007, Delain announced that they were working on their second album. New songs from the album – "Stay Forever" and "Start Swimming" – were added to the band's setlist in early 2008. Their second album, April Rain was released on February 9, 2009. The lead single was the title track, "April Rain", followed by "Stay Forever". The band toured extensively in support of the album, visiting many new countries such as the United States and Mexico, as well as performing at high-profile festivals in Europe, including Hellfest, Lowlands, Wacken Open Air and Sonisphere. [2] In February 2010, Delain announced they had started working on their third album, and that bassist Rob van der Loo would leave the band the same year due to time constraints. [3] In March, Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije was announced as Rob's successor. [4] On October 4, 2010, Delain announced they were to part company with guitarist Ewout Pieters. [5] [6] Timo Somers was announced as his replacement on April 17, 2011. [7]

<i>April Rain</i> 2009 studio album by Delain

April Rain is the second full-length album by the Dutch symphonic metal band, Delain. It was released in the Benelux on 20 March 2009 and was released internationally on 30 March 2009 by Roadrunner Records. It was released in Australia on 10 April 2009.

April Rain (song) 2009 single by Delain

"April Rain" is a song that was released on the Delain album "April Rain". The single has been available for purchase online as of February 9, 2009. It was physically released on March 6, as a CD single and as a vinyl single.

We Are the Others (2011–2012)

During their 2011 live shows, Delain debuted three new songs — "Manson" (later renamed to "Mother Machine"), "Get the Devil Out of Me" and "Milk and Honey" — from their third album, We Are the Others . In an interview with Sonic Cathedral, Wessels discussed the inspiration she drew from the Sophie Lancaster case:

I remember when I first heard about it … it wasn’t on Dutch news, I just heard about it through Internet networks and the goth scene … there was this movie made about it, a short film of about four minutes. I saw it, and I just cried. It’s so incredibly sad! After seeing the movie, I didn’t really DO anything with it until we were working on “We Are The Others.” But the basic idea of the lyrics was there. It was just supposed to be a song about “we are the others” and a feeling of togetherness. On the one hand, being proud of whoever you are, whether you divert from the norm in whatever way you divert from the norm. But on the other hand, it is also kind of a song for “others”. We just wanted a song about acceptance. [8]

Originally intended for release in early 2012, [9] the album's release date was unknown due to Warner Music's purchase of Roadrunner Records. [8] However, it was announced via a Facebook message on the band official page that the album would be released on June 1, 2012 with the album's first single, 'Get the Devil Out of Me' being released on 13 April 2012 [10] via CNR Music, who took over Delain from Warner Music. The second single from the album was the title track, 'We Are the Others'. It was announced on 3 November that Delain would headline Dames of Darkness Festival (Wolverhampton, UK) which they had previously headlined in 2009 (under the Femme Metal Festival). [11]

Interlude (2013)

On 26 February 2013, Delain announced that they will release a special album entitled Interlude that would include new songs, covers, live tracks, special versions of previous songs and a bonus DVD. It was released on various dates throughout the first week of May worldwide. [12]

The Human Contradiction (2014–2015)

Charlotte Wessels and Timo Somers, during a 2015 festival in Germany. Delain Rockharz 2015 22.jpg
Charlotte Wessels and Timo Somers, during a 2015 festival in Germany.

On 23 January 2014, Delain announced that they would release a new album entitled The Human Contradiction . It was released on April 5, 2014 in Europe, and on April 8, 2014 in North America.

On June 4, 2014, it was announced that drummer Sander Zoer would step down from the band due to personal reasons; he would continue working behind the scenes of Delain. The replacement drummer was announced to be Ruben Israel, who had stepped in for Zoer during Delain's tour with Kamelot. Zoer continued to perform until September, until he left for personal reasons and was replaced by Israel.

The band brought with them Merel Bechtold (MaYaN, Purest of Pain) as a second guitarist for their UK tour in November 2014. Bassist Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije suffered an injury on November 26, 2014, when he was accidentally hit by a streamer cannon, causing his left testicle to rupture. This incident was said to be caused by uncertain stage positioning, as there were six people onstage instead of the usual five. While he was recovering, the band used pre-recorded bass parts. No permanent damage was done, and as of January 12, 2015, Schimmelpenninck van der Oije has resumed touring. Merel Bechtold filled in for guitarist Timo Somers until February, due to Somers' full schedule.

Delain toured with Sabaton and Battle Beast, and also North America with Sabaton as support for Nightwish for the first half of 2015 and returned to Latin America during October as support of them. Delain toured as support again for Nightwish's tour on the second North American leg in 2016 with Sonata Arctica. This makes it the fourth year in a row the band has toured in the United States and Canada. [13]

On October 19, 2015, Delain made recurring touring guitarist Merel Bechtold a permanent member. [14]

Lunar Prelude EP, Moonbathers (2016–2018)

Delain announced an eight track EP of new and live songs named Lunar Prelude . The EP was released on February 19, 2016. [15] Their first single, Suckerpunch, of the EP was released on February 5. [16]

The band announced a new album of ten original songs and one "Queen" cover named Moonbathers . The record was released on August 26, 2016. [17]

Delain's first live video album, A Decade of Delain: Live at Paradiso was filmed at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands for the band's 10th anniversary on December 10, 2016. It was released on October 27, 2017. [18]

On August 30, 2018, Joey de Boer was made a permanent member of Delain after filling in for Ruben Israel, who left the band in October 2017. [19] [20]

Hunter's Moon EP, new album (2018–present)

Delain announced a new EP titled Hunter's Moon on December 13, 2018. The EP was released on February 22, 2019. [21] Masters of Destiny, the first single off of the EP was released on January 11, 2019 along with a music video. [22]

Merel Bechtold announced on June 16, 2019 that she was amicably leaving the band to pursue other musical interests. Her last show with Delain took place at Graspop Metal Meeting on June 23, 2019. [23]

Delain is currently working on their sixth studio album. [24]






TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
[28] [29] [30]
  • Released: September 4, 2006
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Formats: CD, download [35]
April Rain
  • Released: March 20, 2009
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, download [36]
We Are the Others
  • Released: June 1, 2012
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Formats: CD, LP, download [37]
The Human Contradiction
  • Released: April 4, 2014
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, LP, download [38]
  • Released: August 26, 2016
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, LP, download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums

TitleLive album detailsPeak chart positions
A Decade of Delain: Live at Paradiso
  • Released: October 27, 2017
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, DVD, Blu-ray


TitleEP detailsPeak chart positions
  • Released: May 1, 2013
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, download [40]
Lunar Prelude
  • Released: February 19, 2016
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, download
Hunter's Moon
  • Released: February 22, 2019 [41]
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, CD+Blu-Ray, download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
2007"Frozen"36 Lucidity
"See Me in Shadow"46
2008"The Gathering"
2009"Stay Forever" April Rain
"April Rain"
"Smalltown Boy" Interlude
2010"Nothing Left" April Rain
2012"Get the Devil Out of Me" We Are the Others
"We Are the Others"
2013"Are You Done with Me" Interlude
2014"Your Body Is a Battleground" The Human Contradiction
2015"Sing to Me"
2016"Suckerpunch" Lunar Prelude/Moonbathers
"The Glory and the Scum" Moonbathers
"Fire with Fire"
2019"Masters of Destiny" Hunter's Moon
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResultNotes
2007 MTV Europe Music Awards New Sounds of EuropeBest New BandNominatedKnocked out on the eleventh day
TMF Awards Best RockBest New BandNominated

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