DELAIN

(NETHERLANDS)

THE HUMAN CONTRADICTION

(2014)
LABEL:

NAPALM RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

TAGS:
Female vocals, Growl
"A surprising album for Delain who often abandons his symphonic pop penchant to venture into much more metallic lands"
LYNOTT (16.04.2014)  
3/5
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Fourth album for the band hat this "The Human Contradiction" with its ambivalent cover presenting the female singer with a bloody side of her face. On closer inspection, this detail is not a detail since with this opus Delain has visibly sought to stand out both from his previous offerings, but also from Within Temptation to whom they are frequently compared.  So we're dealing here with a two-faced combo.

Indeed, whereas we thought the band was well anchored in its Pop approach to Symphonic Metal, "The Human Contradiction" brings us back to the more metallic waves of Nightwish and Epica. Witnesses of this evolution, we meet telluric riffs ('Here Come The Vultures' and 'Tell Me Mechanist'), aggressive rhythms and male vocal contributions through Marco Hietala the bassist/singer of Nightwish ('Your Body Is A Battleground' and 'Sing To Me') and even growls (!) from George Oosthoek officiating at Orphange on 'Tell Me Mechanist' and 'The Tragedy Of The Commons' where we can also hear Alissa White-Gluz the frontwoman of Arch Enemy. Therion can also be mentioned in the comparison game on 'Here Come The Vultures' and 'The Tragedy Of The Commons'. 

So of course Charlotte and her populating voice reminds us here and there of the Delain we knew until then, namely a combo favouring catchy melodies and we can even argue that we find the previous Delain on three tracks ('Stardust','Army Of Dolls' and'Lulabby'). However, the general impression that emerges from this "Human Contradiction" leads us to conclude that the Dutch have decided to change their position and develop the dark side of their strength. 

So there is no longer the succession of easy listening tracks that characterized the band's albums until now. To appreciate the new Delain, it will be necessary to multiply the listening of the compositions and take the time to absorb it. 
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
NIGHTWISH, WITHIN TEMPTATION

TRACK LISTING:
01. Here Come The Vultures
02. Your Body Is A Battleground
03. Stardust
04. My Masquerade
05. Tell Me, Mechanist
06. Sing To Me
07. Army Of Dolls
08. Lullaby
09. The Tragedy Of The Commons

LINEUP:
Charlotte Wessels: Chant
Martijn Westerholt : Claviers
Otto "The Baron" Schimmelpenninck: Basse
Sander Zoer : Batterie
Timo Somers: Guitares
   
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26/03/2014
 
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Un album un peu fourre tout à la première écoute. On sent la créativité et l'envie de faire le plus de choses possibles, mais ça manque encore de cohérence et c'est un peu trop fourni. Toutefois cet album mérite encore quelques écoutes parce que Delain est un groupe sacrément prometteur, et je ne sais pas mais j'adore la pochette !
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