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Delain – new album chat online…

Delain. Dutch as a very Dutch thing. Which is high praise in my book.

Dutch symphonic metallurgists Delain have a new album – “We Are The Others” – waiting in the wings for release later this year and have a UK tour lined up in the spring, with a Sheffield date pencilled in to boot.

It’s almost as if they want me to go, isn’t it?

Delain’s front woman Charlotte Wessels has chatted with Metal Hammer’s website about the album and about the part that the late Sophie Lancaster played in inspiring the record’s subject matter.

Sophie Lancaster, killed because she dressed differently.

If you’re not familiar with Sophie’s name, you should probably check out the Sophie Lancaster Foundation’s website and get a sense of why her name and the tragic events which took her life are such an emotional subject for fans of metal, alternative and rock music.  I’m not sure that the anti-chav sentiment which enters any conversation about the late Ms Lancaster helps much, but I can appreciate why people feel that way.

Back to Delain, then – surprisingly, there’s no evidence whatsoever that this cheery band of Dutch symphonic melodicists have added a Blackened Metal aspect to their sound, nor are there any Dubstep-inspired bass drops to be heard anywhere –  funny, that.

From the snippets heard in the video, the chunky riffs are still there, everything’s reassuringly unfashionable and European and that’s more than good enough for me.

 

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Cultural Activities, Edguy edition

Why look! It's only the new Edguy album

Yes, friends,  the new Edguy album, “Age of the Joker” has made its way into my greasy paws and I look forward to giving it the aural once-over tonight.

Amazon have furnished me with the two-disc Digipack version – the regular album, in a fold-out case, with a second bonus disc of Edguy ephemera, including the single mix of “Robin Hood”, a cover of Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize” and the intriguingly titled “Aleister Crowley Memorial Boogie”.  Oh Tobias, you are a one…

The bit where it all splits in two...

The reviews are pretty damn good – a solid 8 out 10 score by Dave Ling in the latest issue of “Metal Hammer” magazine, for example – and I understand the record to be following the same pathway as recent albums in blending a Power Metal energy and speed with touches of classic Hard Rock melody , and Tobias Sammet’s always engaging wordplay.  A German bloke writes wittier songs in his second language than most rockers manage in their first.  Hmm…

Look - it's the first disc....

...and Disc the Second, too. What larks!

All that needs to be said now is that I am quite prepared to make the lads a really nice cup of tea if they fancy playing Sheffield on the next leg of their tour next year.  And that offer should carry some weight, as I make a lovely cuppa…

 

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Behold – Symphonic Metal!

Remember how I told you that I was reading the Motley Crue autobiography (as dictated to a no doubt increasingly bemused and horrified Neil Strauss), “The Dirt”? Yep, it’s every bit as eye-rolling, mind-boggling and stomach-churning as I predicted it would be. And, of course, it’s utterly compelling reading from first page to last. Funny how that happens.

I don’t know that it has given me any more appreciation for the Crue (Especially when Nikki Sixx essentially admits that a number of albums were so compromised by the band’s various addictions that they were basically ‘phoned-in’ efforts) but it does make me boggle that Amy Winehouse can depart the planet at such a young age when these guys are still merrily touring away despite having ingested enough chemicals and adult beverages to convincingly fell a herd of elephants.

All of which preamble, whilst delightful, buffers us from the purpose of this news post – Dutch symphonic metallurgists, Epica, have gone into the studio in Germany to record their next long-player, as reported today on the Roadrunner Records-affiliated Blabbermouth blog.

If you’re into the likes of Within Temptation and Delain, you’ll possibly have given Epica’s symphonic metal a listen. If this is your first encounter with the band, why not give “Never Enough” a try. Go on, I’ll wait.

If you waited thirty seconds before coughing “Evanescence”, then you’re a better person than I. Whilst you’ve got to wonder if Within Temptation, Leave’s Eyes and Epica would have careers without Amy Lee and co blowing up the spot with “Bring Me To Life”, there’s something distinctly European and pleasingly eccentric/old-fashioned about these bands and their slightly overwrought take on rocking your socks off.

It’s a bizarre thing, really. Who would have thought that record companies, in their infinite wisdom, would collectively reach the belief that what rock fans REALLY want is a less threatening Papa Roach fronted by Sarah McLachlan? Funny old world.

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