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DELAIN, Assembly, Leamington 2 May 2011
thing that struck me on approaching The Assembly was the queue formed
around the building, one of the longest I have witnessed at the venue,
Delain obviously have a healthy following in this country.
symphonic rock/metal is now one of my favourite genres but I had only
come across Delain's name while scanning The Assembly gig list earlier
surely one of the best value for money value nights at The Assembly to
date, with three bands for less than £14, if tickets bought in advance,
first from Wales the 4 piece impressive progressive rock band Lost in
Thought with a confident rocking set of material from their debut
album Opus Arise.
stage from Austria the powerful symphonic rock band Serenity,
with for me a touch of the German band Rammstein to their sound and
style, and from the number of Serenity shirts around the hall the band
also seem to have, like headliners Delain, a good following over here.
impressed with their set, lead vocalist Georg Neuhauser dressed in
military style get up made an excellent frontman, with a strong vocal
delivery and he worked the crowd well all set.
latest album 'Death & Legacy' has just been released and if the tracks
they performed in Leamington are anything to go by it's a cracker.
of the set was uptempo and heavy but two gentler moments brought
different female guest vocalists to the stage for duets; for a
magnificent track titled 'Fairytale's' - almost a Gothic power ballad -
Lisa Middelhauve (ex Xandria) joined the band, and later in the set the
first appearance of the evening for Charlotte Wessels (Delain vocalist)
to share vocal duties on a track from the new album.
Delain from Holland were founded by ex- Within Temptation
keyboard player Martijn Westerholt (so I really should have been aware
of them!) who left that band due to ill health, and with vocalist Charlotte Wessels they have recorded two albums 'Lucidity' and most recently
'April Rain' in 2009. Quite rightly, given their heritage they have a
touch of Within Temptation as well as elements of Nightwish and Lacuna Coil.
The band are
introducing a new guitarist on this tour, Timo Somers, and are currently
preparing for the release of their third album from which they aired a
couple of tracks at this gig.
atmospheric intro music they made the brave move of starting with the
impressive new number 'Manson' and right from the off it is clear that
the band are heavier live than on album, this was followed by two tracks
from the April Rain album, the magnificently grandiose 'Stay Forever'
and the pounding 'Invidia'.
track next, given the working title of 'Get the Devil Out Of Me' and
another slice of powerful Gothic rock, next the first visit to the bands
debut album from 2006 Lucidity with that album's opening number 'Sever'.
The rest of
the set mixed tracks from the two albums along with one more new number
'Milk and Honey', standouts from April Rain included the the stunning
title track itself starting with tender keyboards, adding rock riffs
then becoming a catchy pop/rocker number and from the same album 'Virtue
and Vice', from the Lucidity release the set included 'Shattered' and
main set closer 'Pristine'.
made full use of the spacious stage and many times guitarist Timo and bass
player Otto could be found stood on the monitors at different sides playing and headbanging like crazy, in fact
I have never seen as
much hair flying about at any show before, with Charlotte joining in
have a rich full blooded sound, the music full of drama and passion,
Charlotte is an impressive and charismatic performer, Martijn brings all
the keyboard prowess he used to great effect in his Within Temptation
days, Sander powerful on the drums, with the previously mentioned
guitarist and bass player rocking up a storm.
stages in the set plumes of dry ice fired up to the ceiling of the venue
making quite a spectacle.
began with 'Sleepwalkers Dream', followed by the full on 'Control the
Storm' and finally the crowd in full voice hands aloft for 'The
Gathering', the set climaxed in spectacular fashion with confetti fired
from the stage.
evening of music from three countries Wales, Austria and Holland, this
is a genre I am getting into more all the time, it has many different
labels, symphonic, Gothic, progressive, metallic. But one thing for sure
it rocks - and in headliners Delain I think I have found another band to
join my list of favourite artists.
photos by Andrew Lock
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