Delain are back with their third album “We Are The Others” this summer and it’s off to a cracking start for the band already. After being nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award as well as appearances at some of the biggest European festivals including Sonisphere, Wacken, Hellfest and Graspop, it is time to get back into the studio and write us another masterpiece.
“We Are The Others” is a dark, gothic and operatic album with meaningful lyrics that really play on the heart strings as singer/songwriter Charlotte Wessels sings about the tragic story of Sophie Lancaster, the British teenager who was murdered in 2007 because of her gothic appearance.
Founded by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, it’s no wonder the gothic elements seen in this album are so obvious. The album was then produced by Jacob Hellner who has previously worked with Rammstein and Apocalyptica, so it’s no surprise to find some heavy, industrial metal keyboards and synthesizers in there too. Also helping to create this masterpiece is Fredrik Thomander and Anders Wikström who share the likes of the Scorpions and Backyard Babies to their CV, adding that classic rock power ballad influence to the album.
So it’s safe to say, there’s a lot in this album, but even with influences stretching left, right and centre, it’s not a style perceived for everyone.
Each track on this album stands as strong and sturdy as the other, with each being created with poise and precision which really stands out when playing it. The track ‘We Are The Others’ has been described by the band as being ‘our own outsiders anthem’ and that is exactly what it is: an anthem about feeling alone and out of place, which surely everyone can relate to at one point in their life or another. This track highlights that power ballad influence evidently with the climatic, sing along choruses.
The most striking track on this album is the track ‘Milk and Honey’ with a slow pop intro, with a fast blaring industrial beat following it, almost trance like. The slow soulful vocals are similar to Lzzy Hale from Halestorm but more operatic.
The track ‘Where Is The Blood’ features a guest appearance with Burton C. Bell from Fear Factory. The duo creates a wonderful gothic piece which highlights these two talented vocalists subtly but with ease. Singing about a break up, this track doesn’t sound soppy in the slightest. With the hefty growl of Burton, a deep and decadent voice adds this heavy metal impact to the song.
‘Are You Done With Me’ and ‘Get The Devil Out Of Me’ are two other tracks that stand out in this album, because of their energy and explosive riffs. But there isn’t a weak point in the entire 12 track album.
If you love Halestorm right now, and maybe a bit of classic Within Temptation, you’ll be sure to enjoy this album. This is definitely one for the collection. This album comes out on June 4th, 2012.