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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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  • shodan21

    v dont even bother, that scrub has repeatedly vandalized numerous shoutboxes with its silliness. it is pretty funny though to hear it make those comments and then look at its music history.

    Yesterday 12:05am Reply
  • finalesfunkeln


    28 Aug 8:21am Reply
  • Runoflife

    Wuss rock, even Romeo's daughter were more metal.

    28 Aug 6:14am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    v We Italians do! And also our word for "boredom" does. It's “noia”, which you can easily turn into "noiaaaaawn" with a final yawn.

    11 Aug 10:51pm Reply
  • nDroae

    It must be fun to have a language in which "boring" can be drawn out at the end with a closing vowel like that, without having to end the jeer with that pesky -ng. Also I agree that Delain would be more interesting with nu metal rapcore vocals

    11 Aug 10:18pm Reply
  • Kastjnot


    11 Aug 7:35pm Reply
  • shodan21

    v wouldnt surprise me.

    10 Aug 11:04pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Rumor has it it was indeed Alissa who brainwashed Charlotte in the first place.

    10 Aug 2:21pm Reply
  • shodan21

    course, deadlock is more PETA in general than just veganism, but close enough.

    9 Aug 1:47am Reply
  • shodan21

    v i can never understand what the heck shes saying when she screams though so its okay. related, deadlock.

    9 Aug 1:45am Reply
  • teilzeitgeist

    Geez, if TMM irritates you, I hope you never have to sit through one of Alissa White-Gluz's odes to veganism. :P

    8 Aug 5:17am Reply
  • unniquer

    I adore this band

    1 Aug 10:13pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Oh, that. I didn't really pay attention to it tbh. I got over the f-word in songs after Theatre of Tragedy’s Hide And Seek. XD

    1 Aug 2:05pm Reply
  • shodan21

    v the f-bomb they dropped in generation me was acceptable. in sing to me, it feels like they put it in there just for the sake of putting it in there, like "hey look at us we're cursing in our songs isnt that cool/edgy woo".

    31 Jul 11:35pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    I think it's about dealing with your own failures, failed expectations, collateral damage of your actions and such. I don't think it's that preachy tbh (and the main problem to me is Marco, as usual). I have a bit more of a problem with Your Body Is A Battleground: I love the song, but I don't quite get the lyrics. If they are just about the misuse of psychopharmaceutical, then I don't have issues. I just can't shake the feeling it is about the whole “pharmaceutical industries are conspiring against people” crap, which is too much more than I can take.

    31 Jul 12:45pm Reply
  • nDroae

    What is that song even about

    31 Jul 11:15am Reply
  • shodan21

    also from the previews i was pretty excited about sing to me and then they ruined it with those lyrics. /sigh.

    31 Jul 12:29am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Oh yeah, the preachy part. I tend not to pay attention to what she's saying, except in Lullaby. I'm still eating meat anyways.

    30 Jul 10:03am Reply
  • shodan21

    v i just listened to the album again today (youtube ftw) and while i still dont like charlotte preaching to me for close to an hour it sounded much better than i remembered it.

    29 Jul 2:23am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    I can't believe I have underestimated Here Come The Vultures for all this time. It's a freaking amazing song! :0

    27 Jul 10:53pm Reply
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