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DELAIN Relentless Garage, London
21 March 2010
night out in North London is not normally my idea of a great night out,
but the thought of giving up the chance of seeing Dutch symphonic
metallers Delain performing their first headline show here in the UK was
an opportunity too good to miss. Having seen them just last
December at the Hard Rock Hell bash, I knew I would be in for a
Defiled were an odd choice for opening up tonight's show.
Promoting the '1888' EP, a year when Jack The Ripper was laying fear
across the capital, the Defiled were terrifying some of the audience
with their apocalyptic metal with some cut throat razor blade vocals
from Stitch D.
A few fans
got the circle pit going at a ridiculously early time and the band
slayed those down the front. A group of friends left the building
after the Defiled set ,saying ''They've seen what they've came for.''
approach of Armageddon now safely behind us for another day, Achilla
were much more of a appropriate support act. Steadily building a fan
base for themselves over the last year, Achilla are following in the
footsteps of Nightwish, Evanescence in the ever growing female fronted
progressive goth rock scene.
a chance for the band to debut some tracks from the forthcoming CD
'Timeless'. New songs like 'Your Face' shows a good deal of
promise. Guitarist Daniele Panza provides the band with some great
hooks, but singer Martamaria needs to build on her stage presence and
break out of her chrysalis before she spreads her butterfly wings.
flying in their homeland, Delain oozes class and confidence.
After contracting Pfeiffers disease keyboardist Martijn Westerholt had
to retire from the band he shared with his brother in Within Temptation.
What originally only started out as a studio project, Westerholt has
turned Delain into a strong tour de force, which will keep his energy
levels to a high for many years to come.
star is singer Charlotte Wessels. The Utrecht born 23 year old is
the focus of all attention. The photogenic girl has the voice to
suit the wall of symphonic sound the band produce at a high level.
with 'Invidia' from the Roadrunner 2009 release 'April Rain', the band
quickly follow this with the singles 'Stay Forever' and 'Frozen' (From
the debut 'Lucidity') and also the title track single from the latest
opus, which had the crowd giving an euphoric response, which meant that
Wessels and the band had to pause whilst lapping up the endless
his debut with the band tonight was bassist Otto Schimmelpennick van der
Oije, (Who has a name as long as his hair, and must also get a late
night when asked to sign autographs), or simply known as 'The Baron' to
bandmates and fans, did a sterling job pulling some Steve Harris moves
to fulfil his new full time job.
rained down from the roof for end of 'The Gathering' which was a
beautiful spectacle. With three encores ending what was a
pulsating set. Delain started of their UK with aplomb. I
doubt we will see Delain in such small venues again. Delain are
Set list : Invidia / Stay Forever / Frozen / Sever / April Rain / Go
Away / I'll Reach You / Come Closer / The Gathering / Nothing Left /
Sleepwalkers Dream / Control The Storm / Silhouette Of A Dancer
...encores.. Virtue And Vice / Lost / Pristine
photos by Mark Taylor
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