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Delain

Formed: 2002
From: Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Delain News

Below is our complete Delain news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Drummer Sander Zoer Splits With Delain

Dutch symphonic metal act Delain announced that drummer Sander Zoer has split with the band due to major changes impacting his personal life. Ruben Israel will be taking his place permanently. Israel filled in for Zoer during the band's recent North American tour with Kamelot and also provided additional drum work for the band's latest album "The Human Contradiction."

The announcement from the band reads as follows: "Today we share with you the news that our drummer and friend Sander Zoer has decided to take a step back as Delain’s main man behind the drums, due to some major recent changes impacting his personal life. Though he will be stepping out of the limelight, we are happy that he will still be active for Delain behind the screens and our friendship will continue off-stage.

"Also, we are very happy to introduce to you Ruben Israel who will step in as Delain’s new drummer. Some of you will already know Ruben from when he joined us on our US tour with Kamelot last fall; this is where we got to know Ruben as the great guy and great drummer he is. We are confident that he will do an absolutely fantastic job and warmly welcome him to the Delain family!

"Ruben will continue where he started and will replace Sander behind the drums starting our upcoming US tour with Sonata Arctica this fall. Sander will be performing all festivals with Delain until September, except for 06-06-2014 Luxor Live at Arnhem where Ruben will fill in. There will be a special gig with Sander in his former hometown Groningen, on October 24th."

Sander Zoer commented: "8 years ago I took place on the Delain drum chair and this is the best choice I’ve ever made, but now the time has come to take some steps back. I need more time for my other activities in Delain behind the screens, to develop myself, other projects and jobs, and family.
However I will not completely disappear from the radar; you might see me behind the drums at some venues or festivals from time to time. I want to thank the Delain family for all the good times, and a very big thanks you to all fans around the world!" More...

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Documentary Coming Focusing On Women In Metal

Rising Moon Productions today releases the first teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary “Soaring Highs and Brutal Lows: The Voices of Women in Metal,” produced and directed by Mark Harwood.

The trailer can be viewed below, and more info is available at the documentary's website here. The film explores the experiences of female metal vocalists and combines interview, concert, and archival footage to highlight the growth in popularity of this music internationally.

Featured interviews include Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ReVamp), Doro Pesch (DORO/Warlock), Simone Simons (Epica), Charlotte Wessels (Delain), and Anneke van Giersbergen, among others. A release is scheduled for later in 2014. More...

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Pit Stories: Delain Offers To Sign Your Bruises!

Every week we check in with bands from across the globe to get their most memorable Pit Stories. Today Charlotte Wessels of symphonic outfit Delain checks in to share the lessons she's learned over the years in the pit, and to offer to sign any Metalunderground reader's mosh pit bruises! Charlotte had this to say:

My best moshing days were probably when I was between the ages of 14 and 17, so I believe I owe a lot to moshpit etiquette. Still, I had to learn a lot of things the hard way. For example the fact that I should rather stagedive backwards then forwards (that time my boobs landed exactly in my grinning friend’s perfectly cupped hands) and that All Stars are NOT moshpit sensible shoes (that time I didn’t notice I’d been jumping through broken beer bottles for two hours. Blood. Blood everywhere). Also, the fact that many musicians find it an awkward request if you ask them to sign your fresh bruises after a perfectly friendly violent pit.

Now, Delain’s audience is not the mosh-till-you-bleed type of crowd, nor are we the projectile-vomit-over-your-audience type of band - just picking up on two recurring themes in this website’s stories :) - but if anyone wants their mosh pit bruises signed after a show, be my guest! You earned those!

Delain's new album "The Human Contradiction" saw official release today in North America via Napalm Records. Pick up your own copy right here and check out the "Stardust" music video below. More...

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Delain Releases "Stardust" Music Video

Dutch symphonic metal act Delain released a music video for the new track "Stardust." The song appears on the new release "The Human Contradiction," which drops via Napalm Records on April 8th in North America. A preview for the album can be heard at this location.

The track list is:

1. Here Come the Vultures
2. Your Body is a Battleground (see lyric video)
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing to Me
7. Army of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy of the Commons

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Delain Posts Preview Clips Of New Album

Dutch symphonic metal act Delain released a preview of the new album "The Human Contradiction," which features clips from the entire album. The album is set for release via Napalm Records on April 8th in North America. The track list is:

1. Here Come the Vultures
2. Your Body is a Battleground (see lyric video)
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing to Me
7. Army of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy of the Commons

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Delain Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Dutch symphonic metal act Delain premiered a lyric video for the new track "Your Body is a Battleground" over at Revolver's website at this location (also in the player below).

The song appears on the upcoming new release "The Human Contradiction," which is set for release via Napalm Records on April 8th in North America. The track list is:

1. Here Come the Vultures
2. Your Body is a Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing to Me
7. Army of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy of the Commons

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Delain Comments On New Album's Themes

Delain's Charlotte Wessels has checked in with the following statement about the band's new album:

“The title 'The Human Contradiction' is taken from one of my favorite books; Octavia E. Butlers trilogy Lilith’s Brood. A post-apocalypse story, in which the fact that humanity did not last is explained by our two most contradictory qualities; the fact that we are as a species both intelligent and hierarchic.

"This human contradiction causes an ‘us versus the others’ mentality, which in the book - as well as one could argue, in reality - proves to be a most self-destructive attitude. In a way, 'The Human Contradiction' presents a broadening and deepening of the lyrical concept of We Are The Others: ‘otherness’ and how people relate to this, has had my interest for years. Whether it is otherness within our species, so towards people who are perceived as ‘different’ by other people (which was 'We Are The Others' main focus) or in our attitudes towards non-human ‘others’, which is the lyrical addition made by our new record.”

"The Human Contradiction" will be released in North America on April 8th via Napalm Records and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Here Come the Vultures
2. Your Body is a Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing to Me
7. Army of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy of the Commons More...

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Delain Streaming New Song Sample

Delain has released the first audio sample for new album "The Human Contradiction." Check out a clip taken from "Your Body is a Battleground" (featuring special guest Marco Hietala of Nightwish), at SoundCloud here.

"The Human Contradiction" will be released in North America on April 8th via Napalm Records. In support of the album, Delain will return to North America this fall for a tour with Sonata Arctica and label mates Xandria. A complete list of dates can be found below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Here Come the Vultures
2. Your Body is a Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing to Me
7. Army of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy of the Commons More...

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Delain Taps George Oosthoek

After previously announcing both Alissa White-Gluz and Marco Hietala as guests to appear on a new album, Delain has now issued this update about bringing on another guest vocalist:

"And yet another guest performance for our upcoming record 'The Human Contradiction.' We're proud to announce the return of: George Oosthoek.

"The collaboration between Delain and George goes way back! He already performed with us on our debut Lucidity and has often joined us at live gigs over the years. His brutal grunts don't find their equal easily, and since our upcoming record 'The Human Contradiction' in many ways re?ects back on our earlier work that featured his grunts, we are very excited about this reunion!"

George adds: "They tricked me!!!! Just kidding! It was a pleasure working with the girl and guys again. From what I've heard 'The Human Contradiction' is Delain's heaviest album up till now. It sounds massive. I'm honoured that they asked me to be part of it. I hope you will like it too. Rock on!!!"

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Delain Announces New Guest Musician

After previously revealing that Alissa White-Gluz will be making an appearance on upcoming album "The Human Contradiction," now Delain has also announced Marco Hietala (Nightwish) as another guest musician. The band comments:

"We are very excited about the much anticipated return of vocal force Marco Hietala on our upcoming record. After our collaboration with Marco on our first two albums we can’t help but hearing his voice in some of the songs we write! We love his contributions on The Human Contradiction: Marco adds greatly to the power of 'Your Body Is A Battleground' as well as to the melancholia of 'Sing To Me.'"

Marco states: “I´ve done quite a few visitations on select albums during my career. Delain and their albums are among the most frequent. If you listen to their stuff, you´ll know why. Martijn and his group seem to have plenty to say both musically and lyrically. Keep it up mates!” More...

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Delain Taps Alissa White-Gluz For New Album

Delain proudly announces the first guest vocalist for upcoming album "The Human Contradiction" will be Alissa White-Gluz. The band comments:

"We are really excited about Alissa’s addition to our new record! Alissa needs no introduction: we love her great, versatile and powerful vocal style and after spending time on the road with Alissa on our tour with Kamelot last fall, we simply needed her awesomeness Both Alissa’s clean vocals and signature screams are featured on the record’s finale 'The Tragedy Of The Commons.' We can’t wait to share the song with you!"

Alissa states: "After a couple days of touring with Delain, I HAD to go buy a CD or two. This band blew me away with their intelligent songs, energetic yet extremely precise live show and overall charisma. Sure enough, after buying an album at their merch table and listening to it on repeat while working out, my suspicions were confirmed: DELAIN IS AN AWESOME BAND! I'm very flattered and honored to participate in their upcoming album. I see Delain going very far, I wish them nothing but success and I'm glad to contribute my share!”

The album is set for release on April 8th, 2014 via Napalm Records. More...

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Delain Announces New LP "The Human Contradiction"

Dutch metal act Delain announced that the band's new release will be entitled "The Human Contradiction." The album is set for release on the following schedule via Napalm Records:

Germany/Austria/Switzerland, April 4, 2014
UK, Rest of Europe: April 7, 2014
USA and Canada: April 8, 2014
Japan, ANZ, South America, Russia: TBA

The band commented: "We are proud to announce the release date, cover art and tracklist of our new record: 'The Human Contradiction.' We are really excited about the new tracks and can't wait to share them with you!"

More information on the album, including announcements of guest musicians, is expected soon. The track list for album is:

1. Here Come The Vultures
2. Your Body Is A Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing To Me
7. Army Of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy Of The Commons More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces North American Tour

Finnish metal act Sonata Arctica announced a major and lengthy North American Tour for September-October. In support is Dutch act Delain and German symphonic metal act Xandria.

Sonata Arctica will support its upcoming new album "Pariah's Child," which is set for release on March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. Xandria will have its new release "Sacrificium" issued by May 2nd via Napalm Records, well before the start of the tour.

VIP packages (which include a meet and greet with Sonata Arctica and a poster of each event) are available at this location.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sept 2014

3 - USA - Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
4 - USA - Stage 48, NYC, NY
5 - USA - Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
6 - USA - Palladium, Worcester, MA
8 - CAN - Club Soda, Montréal, QC
9 - CAN - Impérial de Québec, Québec City, QC
10 - CAN - Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
11 - CAN - Mod Club, Toronto, ON
13 - USA - Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
14 - USA - Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
16 - USA - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
17 - USA - Mojoes, Joliet, IL
19 - CAN - Park Theater, Winnipeg, MB
20 - CAN - The Exchange, Regina, SK
21 - CAN - Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB
22 - CAN - Republik, Calgary, AB
24 - CAN - The Venue, Vancouver, BC
25 - USA - El Corazón, Seattle, WA
26 - USA - Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
28 - USA - Regency Center, San Francisco, CA
29 - USA - House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
30 - USA - The Grove, Anaheim, CA More...

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Delain Releases New Music Video

Delain has released a new music video for "Are You Done With Me," which can be viewed below. The song comes off new release "Interlude," which now has a limited digipack edition with bonus DVD. Details are available at the Napalm Records shop here.

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Within Temptation Names Support Act For Tour

Dutch symphonic act Within Temptation announced that the support act for the band's 2014 European tour in support of the yet untitled new release will be Dutch symphonic act Delain. The tour brings together the Westerholt brothers, Martijn of Delain and Robert of Within Temptation. Martiijn was an original member of Within Temptation, having played with the band on the first two releases "Enter" and "Mother Earth." He left the band due to illness shortly after the release of "Mother Earth" in 2000 and went on to form Delain in 2002.

Over the last couple of years, Robert had retired from touring with Within Temptation, though active on the studio release and composition front, so there is no indication yet as to whether the special occasion will reunite the brothers on stage.

Confirmed dates of the tour, along with a trailer, can be found over at this location.

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Delain Posts "Interlude" Preview Clip

Dutch symphonic metal act Delain posted up a preview clip for the upcoming "Interlude" extended EP. The release contains new tracks, covers, live material and reworked tracks. The release schedule for "Interlude" is as follows:

May 1, 2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
May 3, 2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
May 6, 2013 Rest of Europe
May 7, 2013 USA/CAN/Rest of World

The track listing is:

1. Breathe On Me
2. Collars And Suits
3. Are You Done With Me (new single mix)
4. Such A Shame
5. Cordell
6. Smalltown Boy
7. We Are The Others (new ballad version)
8. Mother Machine (live)
9. Get The Devil Out Of Me (live)
10. Milk And Honey (live)
11. Invidia (live)
12. Electricity (live)
13. Not Enough (live) More...

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Kamelot Posts North American Tour Trailer

As was previously announced, symphonic metallers Kamelotwill be touring North America this fall in support of latest disc Silverthorn (reviewed here). The bands Delain and Eklipse will be opening all shows. Kamelot has also created a trailer for the upcoming North American tour, which can be viewed below.

For fans hoping to get a little more involved, the band will be offering up VIP packages at several of the tour stops. The VIP experience includes early entry to the show, a meet and greet with the band and an autographed commemorative poster. More...

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Kamelot Announces North American Tour

Symphonic metallers Kamelot will be touring North America this fall in support of latest disc "Silverthorn" (reviewed here).

The bands Delain and Eklipse will be opening all shows. Tickets for all shows are now available at this location.

"We are really looking forward to getting back on the road for our headline shows in the US and Canada, along with great support acts Delain and Eklipse, this tour will be something very special." adds Kamelot's Thomas Youngblood.

Delain's Charlotte Wessels added, "It has been way too long since our last tour with our friends in Kamelot! We're hugely looking forward to joining them on tour this Fall, and we're hugely looking forward to meeting YOU on the road rocking the US!"

For fans hoping to get a little more involved, Kamelot will be offering up VIP packages at several of the tour stops. The VIP experience includes early entry to the show, a meet and greet with the band and an autographed commemorative poster. More...

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Delain To Release Special LP "Interlude"

Fresh off signing a new worldwide deal with Napalm Records, Delain announced that the band will issue a special compilation album entitled "Interlude" in May. The album will feature brand new tracks, special versions and mixes of previously released tracks and a DVD of clips and live material from the band's performance at the Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium last year.

The release schedule for "Interlude" is as follows:

May 1, 2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
May 3, 2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
May 6, 2013 Rest of Europe
May 7, 2013 USA/CAN/Rest of World

The track listing is:

1. Breathe On Me
2. Collars And Suits
3. Are You Done With Me (new single mix)
4. Such A Shame
5. Cordell
6. Smalltown Boy
7. We Are The Others (new ballad version)
8. Mother Machine (live)
9. Get The Devil Out Of Me (live)
10. Milk And Honey (live)
11. Invidia (live)
12. Electricity (live)
13. Not Enough (live) More...

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Delain Signs Worldwide Deal With Napalm Records

Napalm Records announced that it has inked Dutch symphonic metal act Delain to a worldwide contract. The band recently issued its latest LP "We Are the Others" (see review over here) through Roadrunner in Europe and Sensory Records in North America.

The announcement reads: "Last week, Delain's Charlotte & Martijn hopped on a plane to Austria, in order to pay the Napalm Records headquarters a visit and to sign a worldwide contract. As you can see on the picture, they did it voluntarily without being coerced into anything. The new partnership was celebrated by hitting the snowy and icy slopes surrounding Eisenerz, where Austrian and Dutch racers met in a friendly competition. As behind the microphone, Charlotte gave 110% and broke her arm while racing to a well-deserved victory. Don’t worry though, she’s fine and Delain is the latest addition to the ever-growing Napalm Records family! Welcome!"

The band commented: "We are so much looking forward to the cooperation with Napalm Records. This is the perfect label for us, and this cooperation makes it possible for us to build on, and reach out to our fans."

Thomas Caser, Head Of Napalm A&R stated: "Having been a fan and follower of the band since its beginning, I personally am extremely proud that Delain are now part of our roster. The band shares our visions and together we will bring Delain to the top!" More...

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