By Michael Popke
The female-fronted symphonic-metal movement — propelled by the likes of Nightwish and Within Temptation — may have lost some of its luster in the wake of so many copycat bands. But some still manage to cast their spell, as Dutch newcomers Delain proved last year with April Rain, an epic, engrossing album with gothic undertones whose roots were sewn on Lucidity.
Delain’s 2006 debut, now available in North America, reveals the band as a work in progress featuring several key players from Europe’s chick-centric symphonic-metal scene, including keyboardist Martijn Westerholt (Within Temptation), bassist Marco Hietala (Nightwish), guitarist Ad Sluijter (Epica), and vocalists Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation) and Liv Kristine (Leave’s Eyes). But it was then-unknown sweet-voiced singer Charlotte Wessels who eventually became Delain’s frontwoman. Wessels sings several songs on Lucidity, although April Rain is the stronger album.
Delain will make its North American live debut at Atlanta’s ProgPower USA in September.
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