February 9th will see the release of "April Rain", the eagerly awaited new album from Dutch metal band Delain. "April Rain" follows the successful 2006 debut "Lucidity", which sky-rocketed the career of the band in their home country of The Netherlands. "The new album "April Rain" is a real group effort, that's what we're most proud of" says Martijn Westerholt, keyboard player and composer for Delain.

Delain has been Westerholt's project from the start and the debut "Lucidity" was recorded with a star studded cast of musical friends. Westerholt: "The album was never meant to be played live, but the demand was strong, so we eventually got a live band together. That's the band we've recorded "April Rain" with. Compared to "Lucidity", I'd say that this album musically is more coherent and consistent because of the fact that it was recorded all the way through by the same musicians. Production wise this album has more of a metal feel to it, as opposed to the more 'poppy' production of "Lucidity". Also the songs tend to be a bit faster. Less 'doomy' than on our debut. That said, that album was never intended to be played live and when performing we all felt that these kind of songs were missing in our repertoire. We can't wait to go out and play these new songs on stage! Another big difference is that there are almost no guest appearances on this album. There's only Nightwish vocalist Marco Hietala, whom we also worked with on "Lucidity", providing guest vocals on the song "Control The Storm"."

Currently Delain is in the studio working on the final details of "April Rain", which will be mixed and mastered soon after. The rest of 2008 and early 2009 will be used to go on tour again. First up is a tour through Germany in December. Then on February 5th the album will be launched in Amsterdam at a special event at the Melkweg venue before hitting the stores on February 9th. Westerholt adds: "And after that we'll tour Europe with Kamelot and do multiple headline shows throughout Europe. I'd never intended Delain to be a real touring band… but now that we've become one, I'm definitely enjoying it to the fullest. We're looking forward to seeing our fans again real soon!"

Source: delain.nl
Band profile: Delain
Posted: 25.11.2008 by Thryce


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darklos - 25.11.2008 at 16:36  
More metal and faster, it sounds great.
Dark Blood - 25.11.2008 at 17:58  
Good news. Although I liked the 'doomy' and gothic side from Lucidity. But still looking forward to it.
Holy_Diver - 25.11.2008 at 18:36  
Sounds very interesting, definatly going to listen this one
juanopereira - 25.11.2008 at 19:35  
"Production wise this album has more of a metal feel to it, as opposed to the more 'poppy' production of "Lucidity". Also the songs tend to be a bit faster."
Really wise words can't wait!!!
Abattoir - 25.11.2008 at 20:10  
Uuu, looking forward to this one of course They always make my day better with listening of Lucidity...
Daggon - 25.11.2008 at 20:24  
I listened to Lucidity many months ago and thought it was nothing special, maybe I'll give it a try again...
Black Conundrum - 26.11.2008 at 01:42  
I have not heard this band in a while. I think I should change that. This will hopefully be a pretty good album.
Jason W. - 26.11.2008 at 09:29  
I really love some of the songs on "Lucidity" but it did have too many guest appearances in it to make me fully love the band or to have a concrete opinion on Delain the band. But this new album seems really promising, and a more "metal" feel to the production will only help I think!
Angel_Lament - 26.11.2008 at 13:40  
Sounds really interesting, I should get it
Katatronik - 26.11.2008 at 14:13  
Lucidity was really interesting, so can't wait to hear new Delain stuff!
Elodie Artour - 27.11.2008 at 20:45  
Sounds great! I'm looking forward to hearing it!

However, the fact that firstly the band wasn't planned to play live is a bit weird...
marco - 28.11.2008 at 19:52  
It was a project and not a band
The Shape 1973 - 04.12.2008 at 18:11  
I want this album so much, the last one was my album of the year.
Metal Symphony - 20.12.2008 at 20:23  
Lucidity was one of the best albums ever!! i hope this would be the same or better;D

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