I’ve featured two songs by Delain in this series so far; time for a third!
This one is from their debut album Lucidity again, called “Silhouette of a Dancer”.
I really like this song for its mix of symphonic and progressive elements; the second half of the piece, where it progresses through several different styles/atomspheres, is particularly nice.
Waiting for a change
I can’t fight these chains everyday
I bleed to avoid the pain
Everyday I fade a little more
Full lyrics can be found here.
Delain also released a shorter, acoustic version of the song, on their single See Me In Shadow; it’s also quite beautiful:
We’ve had a taste of Delain in this series when I featured Sever from their first album, Lucidity.
Today, let’s hear a song from their second album, April Rain, which has a slightly more refined sound.
I really like this song, “Stay Forever”, primarily because of the intensity of its sound, brought about by the interplay between string orchestration and metal instruments; the guitar solo is correspondingly epic as well. The song also has quieter, balladic moments that allow Charlotte Wessels‘ voice to shine through.
Altogether a very well put together song; one of my favourites from Delain.
(An official music video, for a change.)
As a fun bonus, here’s a fan-made voice cover of this song. I love how she really gets into it!
The Dutch symphonic metal scene is pretty diverse. Within Temptation is probably its most famous act, but there are many other impressive participants. Among them is Delain, the band I’m featuring today.
Delain actually has some close ties to Within Temptation: Delain’s composer, Martijn Westerholt, is the brother of Robert Westerholt, who’s Within Temptation’s composer. (I guess skill in musical composition runs in the Westerholt family!) That’s not to say the two bands sound alike; on the contrary, Delain has their own unique and interesting sound.
The song I’m sharing today, “Sever”, is the one that initially got me into Delain; it is, incidentally, also the first track of their first album, Lucidity. What I like most about “Sever” is the choral motif that provides the song’s backbone, and the instrumental passage in the second half of the song; there’s a nice orchestral build-up there, breaking out into an satisfying guitar solo.
Lyrics can be found here.
The song also features male guest vocalist Marco Hietala, of Nightwish fame.
Delain may not yet have achieved Within Temptation’s level of renown, but I think they’re well on their way. They started touring in North America a couple of years ago – a big milestone for a European band. I had the pleasure of seeing them live during that tour, and will see them again this April, when they will open for Nightwish!.