Album Review: Delain – We Are The Others
|Photo: Sandra Ludewig|
It hasn’t been easy for Delain. The moment they entered the scene, they were cast aside as imposters disguised as Evanescence/Nightwish/Female-fronted band of your choice, which both benefitted and cursed their debut release, ‘Lucidity’. But listening to ‘We Are The Others’ in this musical climate is quite an interesting affair – Lacuna Coil are peddling a nu-metal inspired sound, whilst Nightwish set their sights high on cinematic, orchestral majesty and here are Delain, a band considered too similiar to others in the symphonic genre, one of the only groups still producing it. Comparisons can and will still be drawn, but there is a wide selection of exciting moments on ‘We Are The Others’ that deserve recognition and hopefully, will recieve it now the scene is much less saturated than post-Evanescence breakthrough.
Opening with a short industrial intro, ‘Mother Machine’ lends itself to a slightly more AOR sound as the piano gives way for an early guitar solo. It isn’t the only time that the band venture into the radio-friendly rock field, as ‘Are You Done With Me’ perfectly articulates, and to a lesser but still significant extent, ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’. Countering their softer influence, we are also greeted with the heaviest, purest foray into hard rock that Delain have put their name to – ‘Where Is The Blood’. Featuring Burton C. Bell on guest vocals, Charlotte brings the ferociousness in bucketloads to compliment her partner and though the chorus may be a little uneventful, the verses are generous with their charms.
‘We Are The Others’ stands out, however, with it’s pop-metal anthems that few bands do better than Delain. The title track, an ode to the tragic death of Sophie Lancaster, is a defiant, empowering piece, calling out in resistance to the mainstream as Wessels states ‘normal is not the norm’. ‘Electricity’ stands out as one of the best tracks on offer, though, with a stunning chorus, haunting synths and an excellent vocal delivery shrouded in emotion and conviction.
Just because they’re sticking to their genre, it doesn’t mean Delain are static. They are a band that are thriving in what they know best, producing an album head and shoulders above many of their peers. There is experimentation on offer, as is there masses of talent that has become even more evident on their third opus. ‘We Are The Others’ sees the band at the height of their fame but also at the top end of what they’re able to produce. If they excel much further, through the difficult situation they’re current facing with their record label, the mainstream rock scene better be willing to welcome them into their roster.
Photo: Sandra Ludewig
Words: Simon McMurdo