Musical Joy




Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band. The band was founded by the ex-pianist of Within Temptation and brother of Within Temptation’s founder, Martijn Westerholt. Martijn Westerholt left Within Temptation in 2001 when he was suffering from Pfeiffer’s Disease. Despite his disease he still loved music and he began writing songs while he was recooperating. As his health returned he found that song writing wasn’t enough, he also desired to perform and thus he started a band called Delain in 2002. The band consists of Martijn WesterholtCharlotte Wessels (vocals). Furthermore, the live band consists of Ronald Landa (grunts and guitar), Ray van LenteRob van der Loo (bass) and Sander Zoer (drums). Delain recorded a demo in 2002 which was called Amenity. It is very rare, even Martijn himself claimes that he doesn’t own a copy of it. While he had been ill, Martijn had written out a wish list of talented musicians. He began to contact each of them personally by sending out demos and making phone calls. Sooner than he’d expected, his wish list began to materialize into a project of international standing. They named it Delain, inspired by the kingdom of Delain from Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon. His wish list of artists included: Jan YrlungArien van Weesenbeek drummer of God Dethroned, Ad Sluijter guitarist from Epica, George Oosterhoek for his amazing death grunts and Guus Eikens both former members of Orphanage, Sharon den Adel lead vocalist of Within Temptation, Marco Hietala bass and vocalist of Nightwish, and last but not least Liv Kristine vocalist of Leaves’ Eyes. The wish list of marvelous musicians performed on Delain’s first full length album, Lucidity which was released in September of 2006. Samples of their music have been released on their website and a full version of the songs Sleepwarlker’s Dream and The Gathering, as well as a music video for the song Frozen can all be found on the official Delain website. (keyboard) and (guitar), guitarist of Lacrimosa,

Discography (That I Own)

  1. Amenity 2002 – The first demo album by Delain. The band shows that they already have a good sound with this demo. The demo begins with a dark, dangerous feel that flows into some nice drumming joined by the other instruments of the band. Charlotte’s voice is nice on this demo though of course there is always room for improvement.
  2. Lucidity 2006 – The first full length album by Delain. The first thing I noticed was that this band plays very well together. Their symphonic metal sound was beautiful and captivating. Then I heard Charlotte Wessels voice and I couldn’t help but think that she was a delightful breath of fresh air. Generally speaking the symphonic metal world is one where soprano singers rule, yet Charlotte’s contralto sounding voice is exquisite with it’s serene yet poppy sound.
  3. April Rain 2009 – The second full length album by Delain. Charlotte’s vocals are marvelous on this album. She plays with the music a bit more and seems to be more confident with the material. The music is fantastic. The guitars, the drums, the keyboards. I looked forward to this release and I have not been disappointed!

In Conclusion
I felt as if they were a lovely breath of fresh air in a domain dominated by High Operatic Soprano vocalists. Not that I don’t love those bands but after a while one needs to listen to something refreshing, which is exactly what Delain is. They have proven with their latest release, April Rain, that they are wonderful musicians. They just released this album and I already want more.


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