DELAIN are well known the world over for their unique sound – catchy, bombastic tunes full of contrasts and the highest standard of orchestral arrangements. Joining Martijn Westerholt, original guitarist Ronald Landa and original drummer Sander Zoer have returned to the fold bolstering DELAIN’s continuity, while new members – Diana Leah and bassist Ludovico Cioffi – continue to evolve their sound. The globally respected band are at the top of their game.
Fuelled by massive support and enthusiasm from both critics and fans alike, songs like “The Quest and The Curse” as well as “The Cold” (the latter featuring an epic choir), lure with their characteristic, bombastic sound that skilfully combines orchestral melodies, crushingly heavy riffs, and soaring vocal performances. Prior single “Beneath” (which has clocked up over 1M video views so far) perfectly showcases the talent and musical sophistication of new vocalist Diana Leah, utilising modern, synth melodies mixed with hook-filled classical passages and ominous riffs, and the welcome inclusion of guest singer Paolo Ribaldini. Pop-infused opening track “Hideaway Paradise” induces a dream-like feeling that flirts with melodic metal guitars, while the ballad-like dark earworm “Mirror Of Night”, guest features none other than Within Temptation guitarist Ruud Jolie. “Tainted Hearts” is centred around Westerholt’s keyboard arrangements, skilfully displaying the creative roots of the group’s mastermind. “Invictus” is nothing less than the Magnum Opus of the album – a rock opera in its own right with heavy riffs, choirs, and vocal parts performed by Diana Leah, Paolo Ribaldini, and Marko Hietala (ex-Nightwish), closing with a unified, jaw-dropping climax.
Martijn adds, “This album captures all elements DELAIN is known for – our distinctive heavy guitar riffs, massive orchestral parts, both heavy metal and pop vocals, rock opera vibes along with 80s synth sounds. In short, this is definitely a recognisable DELAIN album that contains classic ‘DELAIN elements’ while also moving forward with fresh influences.”