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Zwolle, Netherlands (2002 – present)

Delain is a band, formed in Zwolle, Netherlands in 2002. The band consists of Charlotte Wessels (vocals), Timo Somers (guitars), Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass), Martijn Westerholt (keyboards), and Sander Zoer (drums).

Delain was founded by Martijn Westerholt, former pianist of Within Temptation and brother of Within Temptation co-founder Robert Westerholt. Martijn left Within Temptation in 2001 after contracting Pfeiffer’s disease. He started Delain in 2002. The band released a demo entitled “Amenity” in 2002 and started recording their debut album “Lucidity” in July 2005, after they had signed a contract with Roadrunner Records.

For their first album “Lucidity” they invited several guest musicians:
Jan Yrlund - guitars (Imperia)
Ariën van Weesenbeek - drums (ex-Pandaemonium, ex-Imperia, ex-God Dethroned, Epica)
Ad Sluijter - guitars (ex-Epica)
George Oosthoek - grunts (ex-Orphanage, After Forever touring member)
Guus Eikens - keyboards (ex-Orphanage)
Sharon den Adel - vocals (Within Temptation)
Marco Hietala - bass, vocals (Tarot, Nightwish)
Liv Kristine - vocals (ex-Theatre of Tragedy, Leaves’ Eyes)

At the end of 2007 Delain stated that they intended to release a second album in 2008, but in November 2008, it was announced that the new album “April Rain” would be released on February 9th, 2009. In 2009, “April Rain” was delayed further until March 2009; the title track single, however, was released in February.



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  • HxClpmaskmanHxC

    WTF is this shitposting? Charlotte is very cute. ^^

    22 Jul 4:27pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden


    16 Jul 11:31pm Reply
  • romankrieg

    16 Jul 2:11pm Reply
  • PhAntOmEttA

    2Lsm1995 Delain isnt like Sirenia at all +_+ but they are still much better than this awful WT for me ; i can say i love The Human Contradiction - its really wonderful work, superalbum !!

    14 Jul 4:39pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Do people still need to convince themselves they're not listening to pop in order to be able to enjoy music?

    13 Jul 8:05pm Reply
  • nDroae

    The funny thing is that was apparently a reply to my "Delain is a pop band" link, which near the top features the goods. (Ignore the Kerrang writer who bewilderingly thinks that WT don't play pop, and that they and The Gathering are serious prog-classical metal projects regularly churning out ten-minute-plus epics.) Now, if anyone wants to argue that bands which play pop songs shouldn't be called pop bands... well, you're on your own there. Sirenia? Do you mean pop Sirenia (e.g. the pop album Nine Destinies and a Downfall, my favorite Sirenia album, which came out after Lucidity)? Delain's sound has been compared by better musically versed people to AOR. I think it's myopic to compare symphonic pop metal bands only to other female fronted bands in the subgenre.

    13 Jul 2:55am Reply
  • shodan21

    vv oh and LOL at that. also its ailyn.

    12 Jul 11:02pm Reply
  • shodan21

    vv martijn would disagree with you on those first two points.

    12 Jul 5:41pm Reply
  • Lsm1995

    If you fix a little Charlotte and Aylin, have similar vocals.

    12 Jul 12:08pm Reply
  • Lsm1995

    Delain is not a pop band, is symphonic metal, also a combination of Within Temptation and Sirenia.

    12 Jul 12:06pm Reply
  • nDroae

    24 Jun 7:07pm Reply
  • VampireMaxx

    I would really like to hear a good quality live version of The gathering and Control the storm with Georg Neuhauser ;) Marco is good but I like Georg even more!!!

    12 Jun 8:00am Reply
  • nDroae

    I made Skyrim Charlotte once last year but Skyrim doesn't have freckles, so she didn't look right :/

    11 Jun 11:10am Reply
  • shodan21

    v lol. validation!

    11 Jun 10:32am Reply
  • nDroae

    Comment from 2 years ago: "thats it my skyrim character is gonna be a female and her name will be Djelmash" PLAYING AS YOUR FAVORITE METAL WOMAN = A THING = CONFIRMED

    11 Jun 12:20am Reply
  • shodan21

    the mating call of the djelmas =P

    10 Jun 3:31am Reply
  • EpicaSimons

    Timeee to listen to Destiny Potato !!

    8 Jun 3:17pm Reply
  • nDroae

    DESTINY POTATO <3 vvv The space choirs are awesome. Best part of the song and one of the best parts of the album. Which really shouldn't be the case, ideally :)

    8 Jun 2:46am Reply
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  • DorianVonEden

    Because when you outgrow your teenage woe-si-me, I'm a serious grown up person, I don't do clubbing, I'm so high above this... err... -ness, dance music is actually pretty cool!

    7 Jun 4:07pm Reply
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